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March 25, 2015

Challenge accepted: Former MTI, retrainee reflects on 15-year transformation

Editor's note: The last name of the Airman in this article has been withheld for operational security purposes.Conversations about workload and home life frustrations competed with attempts to justify choosing the less healthy, but shorter, pizza line over a healthier option buzzed between Airmen at the Langley Air Force Base Exchange food court.

March 18, 2015

TRADOC Band brings music to local schools

Chatter slowed among the kindergarten and first-grade students as music began to play, tearing their attention away from the now hushed conversations. The sound of squeaky sneakers was covered as the students rushed to find their spots to watch the performers play familiar songs at George J. McIntosh Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia,

March 17, 2015

JBLE offers motorcycle safety courses

With rising temperatures, blooming flowers and the first day of spring fast approaching, U.S. Service members will soon begin uncovering their sports bikes, cruisers, scooters and mopeds, ready to hit the open road.As riders start take to roadways with new found freedom, the risks of injuries rises -- risks that can be avoided through proper

March 5, 2015

CES battles snow, cold

A member of the 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron snow removal team made his way to one of 13 snow removal vehicles at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia.Prepared for the twelve-hour day ahead, he had his lunch in tow and plenty of water as he knew the mission ahead would leave little room for a one-hour lunch break.Earlier that day, a 633rd CES water

Feb. 11, 2015

Valentines from miles away: Eustis couple celebrates Valentine's Day apart

Four children, three deployments, two services and one love. It all adds up to life for one couple at Fort Eustis, Virginia.U.S. Army Sgt. Justin Hughes, 510th Human Resource Company wheel vehicle mechanic, and his wife, Linda, have celebrated 14 anniversaries, birthdays and numerous holidays as a couple, often with oceans separating them. For

Feb. 11, 2015

Oceans apart: Airmen couple thrives on Valentine’s Day

After jet-setting from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, to Seattle, Denise prepared to embark on the grueling 10-hour plane ride to Japan. It was Christmas week and she was visiting her boyfriend, Johnny, for the first time since he moved earlier in 2014.Denise knew it would be hard to maintain their relationship, but so far she couldn't be

Feb. 4, 2015

Airman’s Attic achieves different kind of mission

It's the small things in life that make a difference.Silverware given to a U.S. Air Force Airman living in the dormitories could allow him to have dinner at home. A black beanie given to a truck driver could mean the difference between a good or bad day in the snow. An old toy newly introduced to a poor child could put a smile on his face.Every

Feb. 4, 2015

Getting to know the 733rd MSG commander

As gentle winds blow across the James River and roadways while parking lots stand empty, still basking in the orange glow and soft hum of street lamps, the calm silence crescendos in anticipation of the day ahead.Before the sun's rays peek over the horizon and the moon slowly recedes, making way for the gold and purples of sunrise, one U.S. Army

Feb. 4, 2015

Airman 'of note': Trombonist brings two decades of experience, education to Air Force band

In a cluttered corner of a whitewashed room adorned with moving boxes and mismatched furniture, a trio of U.S. Air Force Airmen sling brass instruments under their arms, deliberately tracing their eyes along the sheets on stands before them. After a murmur of agreement, they ready their instruments and roll through a flourish of notes from Cleo

Feb. 3, 2015

Being ‘Big Mack:’ Airman exercises leadership

Bright shoes, spandex and basketball shorts blurred together in between steel-grey equipment racks, adding hurriedness and chaos to the otherwise organized workout plans so often practiced in the crowded Shellbank Fitness Center at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia.Among the sounds of dumbbells dropping and feet pounding hard against the

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