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April 3, 2006

A brother’s love

If a family member is in need, most people would gladly give the shirt off their back to lend a hand.But how many would give a body part? Langley Staff Sergeant Lafonza Spencer was faced with that choice when his brother, Deshawn Gibbs, 30-year-old resident of Chesapeake, Va., developed a degenerative kidney disease.“In 2001 we found out that he

April 3, 2006

‘Something for everyone’

Every Tuesday at 9 a.m., the Family Support Center sponsors a Children’s Play Group in the Bethel Chapel where 1- through 5-year-olds can interact.Some of them build castles with blocks, some drive toy cars around imaginary cities, and some play house with the toy kitchenette in the chapel nursery -- but as a whole, they are learning valuable

April 3, 2006

Local pilots reflect on being Tuskegee legacy heirs

Something special began July 19, 1941.For the first time in the history of military aviation, blacks were given an opportunity to prove themselves in the sky.The first black aviators began their flight training at Tuskegee Army Air Field, Ala., and went to the famed 99th Fighter Squadron.The Tuskegee Airmen had to fight not only the Nazis, but the

April 3, 2006

‘Good to go!’

To put any difficulties in the past and focus on opportunities ahead, 1st Fighter Wing Airmen test themselves to find their strengths and weakness with a Phase I exercise.“This exercise has highlighted certain challenges on getting our generation timing and deployment timing more in sync,” said Installation Deployment Officer Daniel Owens. “The

April 3, 2006

Heart Link helps spouses transition into military life

Elena Jacobs is a young Air Force wife.At 21, she has been an Air Force spouse for all of 10 months, and nothing she learned growing up in California prepared her for the transition to military life.On Feb 10, the Family Support Center hosted the Heart Link Program, an Air Combat Command developed program that brings together new and experienced

April 3, 2006

Airmen’s Attic needs volunteers to survive

When 2-year-old Matthew Tinker and his 6-month-old sister, Serenity, moved here in November 2004, the harsh Virginia winter was too cold for the warm weather clothes their parents had purchased for them in California.Trying to start a new life at Langley, Airman 1st Class Matthew Tinker and his wife, Carrie, did not have the funds available to buy

April 3, 2006

WWII triple ace awed by Raptor

He was overwhelmed.He stood there, a man representing the past glory of almost 40 years of American air dominance, looking up at the Air Force’s newest fighter -- and felt he had nothing adequate to describe it.Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Gordon Graham, triple World War II Ace and former Tactical Air Command vice commander, got to touch the F-22A Raptor Sunday

April 3, 2006

Midnight chow

Midnight chow warms the heart and the belly with friendly service and a hot meal for those who work through the night to keep Langley going.Open to anyone already allowed to use the dining facility, midnight chow offers a full entrée of either a hot meal or short order, salad bar or breakfast for nocturnal Airmen from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.“We

March 30, 2006

Repair program Airmen keep goods off DRMO shelves

It’s like the ultimate second time around store, only they fix aircraft parts and various other things around base that keep Langley up and running instead of granddad’s old fishing pole.The Air Force Repair Enhancement Program optimizes and maximizes the warfighting capability of the 1st Fighter Wing by repairing items that otherwise would be

March 30, 2006

‘Here, hold my beer. Watch this!’

“Here, hold my beer. Watch this!” is not the personal risk management that the commander of Air Combat Command is looking for.“More than ever, military members are participating in extreme sports and high-risk activities,” said Gen. Ronald Keys. “We need to make sure we know who our risk takers are and continue to remind everyone that we need to

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