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  • X-15 Dreams: A father’s gift in Spain launches a lifelong obsession

    Senior Airman Javier Urzay of the 82nd Aerial Port Squadron at 39 years-old and with a doctorate may not fit the expected profile of a Citizen Airman in his first enlistment, but his path here was set in motion decades ago in his native country of Spain.
  • Ready to Go: First Reserve group completes Ground Surgical Team training course

    **When American service members are injured in combat, Ground Surgical Teams are there to provide life-saving medical care close to the action. Working out of tents, cargo trailers or in the back of a truck, the six-member teams are trained to quickly set up a mobile operating room and perform life-saving surgeries designed to stabilize patients
  • Airmen finds solace through horses

    The clip-clop of horse hooves fills the air as the heat of the summer sun beats down on the parched California earth. Dust blows with a gentle breeze that does nothing to cool the air, but everything to fill one’s mouth. The lowing of cattle echoes throughout the arena from various herds scattered around the plot. Master Sgt. Tania McGuire, 349th
  • Citizen Airman’s selfless actions aid California wildfire victims

    Hurricane-like winds roared across the state of California, creating a catalyst that ignited wildfires on Sunday, Oct. 8. The fires tore through wine country, scorching more than 160,000 acres and leaving more than 15,000 people homeless. One of the hardest hit areas was Santa Rosa, which lost 3,000 homes to the fastest-spreading fire, the Tubbs fire. Senior Airman Martin Baglien, 349th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, and his wife, Marissa, were sleeping in their home in Santa Rosa, when they were startled awake by a pounding at their door at 2 a.m. that first morning. As they answered the knock, Marissa’s family stood outside. Their house was gone. “We were dead asleep, just like everyone else,” Baglien said.
  • One team, one fight

    Between the two of them, there are more than 50 years of combined Air Force experience. Yet, Senior Master Sgt. John Young, 60th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment flight chief, was experiencing something unique at Travis Air Force Base, California, which he hadn’t seen in his career. He is partnered with a Reserve AGE flight chief
  • Travis Airman continues family tradition

    Growing up as a child, one Airman from the 349th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, watched her father as he prepared his Air Force flight suit and luggage for a trip, and knew he was going somewhere important to make a difference. She wanted to ensure she did the same one day.
  • Despite positive outcome, deployment challenges couple

    Hicks, an air transportation journeyman at the 82nd Aerial Port Squadron, also studied for an hour or two before bed each night while deployed. He eventually felt prepared to pass the exams, which he did while still overseas. He completed the paperwork to receive his certification, leaving him excited to go home and begin a new career. But returning from deployment would prove to be a difficult transition for Hicks and his family.
  • Airman finds meaning ‘sweating the small stuff’

    In a small cubicle, within a large office, in an expansive building, in the largest wing in Air Mobility Command, Airman 1st Class Martel Surop works diligently to do his part for the Air Force.
  • Every cog counts

    FM Airman knows every effort counts
  • Reserve teen tackles job as singular voice for AFRC youth

    For 17-year old Ryan Pavey, representing the collective voice for tens of thousands of Air Force Reserve youth sets him apart from the average teen. As the AF Reserve representative to the AF Teen Council, it’s something he believes allows him to make a difference in the lives of kids just like him.