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Dec. 14, 2016

UFC, military share common discipline

Three Airmen took deep breaths as they approached a blue mat where a 5-foot 5-inch, 135-pound blonde woman was beginning her warm-up exercises. Valentina “the Bullet” Shevchenko, the number two ranked female Bantamweight Ultimate Fighting Championship athlete in the world, waved her hand motioning for them to join her for mixed martial arts training at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

Aug. 10, 2016

Chaplain battles demons through comedy

As retired U.S. Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James King walked up to a stranger’s home, his fingers rhythmically glide over his clammed palms and his skin tingles into a lighter tone. He knew the tears to come were unavoidable, and that he must knock on the door, gain his composure as he and another Soldier tell someone that the person they love died serving their country. While part of King’s duties as a chaplain were to deliver this message and help people through other difficult situations, King said that the rate at which he had to do so became overwhelming due to recent contingency operations. To battle his plight, he sought help through traditional and non-traditional avenues including an all veteran comedy class.

July 20, 2016

Retired Airman builds bonds, resilience with comedic veterans

After 28 years of service, U.S. Air Force Maj. Darlean Basuedayva was selected for retirement during the 2011 U.S. Air Force Reduction Board.Basuedayva dreamed of commissioning since she was in grade school and was crushed by the separation. The Air Force was not only the retired major's ticket out of working in a factory or farm in Batesville,

July 6, 2016

Long may I wave: The voice of Old Glory

"I fly atop the world's tallest building; I stand watch in America's halls of justice," said retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Deborah Rothwell, as she stood tall with her head held a little higher.What started as a favor for a close Wingman has now evolved into a calling. At the request of her friend, Rothwell recited a poem entitled "Old

June 22, 2016

Keeping up with protocol

From dealing with the day-to-day logistics to interacting with foreign dignitaries, the work of a protocol Airman is never done.For U.S. Air Force Staff Sgts. Jaleesa Stalling and Jillian Hotham, their job as protocol non-commissioned officers with the Air Combat Command Headquarters Squadron is to help senior ranking officials get their jobs done

June 22, 2016

The bright side: Civil servant puts service before self

Peeking through an always open door in building 705 here, Nancy Current sits with a smile framed by her pink and purple swaying bangs.Passersby halt directly in front the 733rd Logistics Readiness Squadron's entryway to lean in for a quick hello to the Squadron's program coordinator, Nancy. The greeting is immediately followed by her laughter,

June 7, 2016

A whole new world: Soldiers face dangers, disasters to hone skills

Nestled in a forested corner of Fort Eustis, Virginia, an average-sized, brown building houses ships, cranes and small vessels.On a typical day, phrases such as, "Watch out for the incoming fire!" or "Steer away from the hurricane's eye!" can be heard shouted from this building.This building is known as the Maritime and Intermodal Training

May 3, 2016

Balancing act: Military child soars over adversities

Ally unraveled from a cocoon of silk fabric from 25 feet above the ground. Upon release from the threads, she swung her legs overhead and held her arms tightly.Still swaying, Ally's face peaked through her legs, which served as supporting beams."This one is the scorpion," her coach said of the aerial acrobat pose Alley contorted her 40 pound body

April 19, 2016

The power of laughter: William and Mary students provide outlet for veterans

U.S. Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James King, the deputy garrison chaplain at Fort Eustis, Virginia, walked up to his podium with his neck stretched out holding his head high over his white collar adorned with a cross, he shuffled his notes and began to speak into the microphone."Chaplains are trained like regular Soldiers ... except without weapons.

April 13, 2016

Army Divers: Engineers of the deep

As a U.S. Army salvage diver peers around his work station, he sees nothing but occasional beams of light dancing through the darkness that engulfs him.Temporarily blinded, everything he does is by feel, from shuffling his feet as he walks to find his job site to waving his hand across a structure to find a bolt to wrench.He prefers it this way. It

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