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Medal of Honor recipient retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Melvin Morris coined Maj. Marcus Smith, 308th Rescue Squadron, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 31, 2017. During a visit to PAFB, Morris gave a presentation emphasizing the importance of pushing through adversity because "we are trained and trusted to always get the job done regardless of our circumstances." (Courtesy photo) Medal of Honor Recipient visits Patrick AFB
It's not everyday you get to meet someone who's been featured on a postage stamp. On Jan. 31, 2017, personnel from Patrick Air Force base gathered to hear from a special visitor whose likeness was placed on the top right-hand corner of millions of envelopes sent through the U.S. postal system, Medal of Honor recipient retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st
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NFL football hero Herschel Walker visited Patrick Air Force Base, January 24, taking  time to meet with Guardian Angel Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing. These elite warrior Airmen undergo intense physical and mental training to rescue isolated personnel in combat. They toured Walker through their squadron and demonstrated some of their rescue skills. Throughout the visit, Walker held their rapt attention sharing lots of inspirational accounts of his days playing football. Later that afternoon, Walker stood in front of several hundred Patrick AFB employees who came to listen to his personal battled with mental illness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Cathleen Snow)
NFL football hero visits Guardian Angels, shares personal battle with mental illness
If you ever followed American football in the 1980s, the name Herschel Walker of the Dallas Cowboys was legendary. At six-foot-one, his granite-like physique was built not by lifting weights but through bodyweight exercises — lots of them. On the order of 2,000-3,000 push-ups and sit-ups every day. In his 50s now, he visited with Guardian Angel
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(U.S. Air Force Graphic/James Rainier) REAL ID Act extension expires Jan. 30
What you need to know to get base access
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The U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing supported United Launch Alliance’s successful launch of the third Space Based Infrared Systems Geosynchronous Earth Orbit spacecraft aboard an Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 41 here Jan. 20 at 7:42 p.m. ET. Reserve warriors support successful launch
The U.S. Air Force Reserve's 920th Rescue Wing supported United Launch Alliance’s successful launch of the third Space Based Infrared Systems Geosynchronous Earth Orbit spacecraft aboard an Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida, Jan. 20 at 7:42 p.m. ET.The Reservists cleared the Eastern Range in an HH-60G Pave
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Members of the 308th Rescue Squadron presented Senior Master Sgt. Jon Grant, pararescue superintendent, 920th Operations Group, with a special shadow box for his retirement from the Air Force Reserve January 7, 2017, after 27-year Air Force career as a pararescueman. During the ceremony at Patrick Air Force Base, comrades and commanders filled the room to honor him and his family for their longstanding service to country. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brandon Kalloo Sanes) 27-year pararescueman retires
After 27 years serving as an Air Force Pararescueman (PJ), Senior Master Sgt. Jon Grant retired January 7, 2017. He was highly decorated and deployed many times in support of combat operations. Within the 920th Rescue Wing, he served as the 920th Operations Group Pararescue Superintendant and the Guardian Angel Standardization and Evaluations NCO.
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(Left to right) Chaplain (Col.) Randy Marshall, deputy command chaplain, and Chief Master Sgt. Natalie Gray, chaplain assistant functional manager, Air Force Reserve Command, visited the Air Force Reserve's 920th Rescue Wing, chaplains, Staff. Sgt. Anna Vazquez, NCOIC Chapel Operations; and Chaplain (Maj.) Matthew Simpson, Wing Chaplain, during the Wing’s Unit Training Assembly Jan 7-8, 2017, for a senior religious team one-on-one engagement with the chaplain’s office at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Air Force Reserve chaplains visit Rescue Warrior Chaplains
Military members around the globe sign on as volunteers to defend the many freedoms of the United States. Here at the 920th Rescue Wing, the Reserve Chaplain corps has a unique mission providing warrior care to combat search and rescue Airmen while ensuring their 1st Amendment rights.Col. Randy Marshall, deputy command chaplain, and Chief Master
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Maj. Jennifer Orton, a combat search and rescue (CSAR) pilot with the 39th Rescue Squadron here, flies the HC-130P/N King fixed-wing aerial refueling aircraft on missions for the 920th Rescue Wing. Orton recently discovered that according to the 39th RSQ she holds the title of being their first female Air Force Reserve fixed-wing CSAR pilot. (U.S. Photo by Senior Airman Brandon Kalloo Sanes) Mom, RV adventurer makes Air Force Reserve Rescue history
Individuals start businesses, build monuments and create beautiful artwork to gain recognition and to kick start their own legacies. However, sometimes people do amazing things that were never a part of their agenda to begin with.Citizen Airman Maj. Jennifer Orton is one of those people. Most days she spends her time caring for her two young
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Staff Sgt. Roberto E. Maisonave (first row, third in), a client systems technician with the 920th Mission Support Group Communications Flight, poses with the Seminole County Sheriff's school crossing guards (back row) and 920th RQW safety team (front row). Maisonave designed Carl the Safety Bear which is a large part of a safety initiative in the county. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brandon Kalloo Sanes) Military member creates larger-than-life animal character to save kids’ lives
Move over Mickey Mouse, Carl the Safety Bear is here to spread a message of goodwill and spotlight safety in Seminole County. With animal memes exploding all over the internet and a famous mouse at the forefront of Florida’s most-visited destination, it only made sense for the Seminole County Sherriff’s School Crossing Guard director, Jo Jo Sturm,
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The Patrick Air Force Base Youth Programs has a new Youth Sports and Fitness Director, Shelly Welker, formally an Education and Training Technician at the Child Development Center.  Welker’s goals include focusing on the Air Force programs that bring together health and fitness. In her new position, she will help children and Air Force families find ways to be active and healthy together. She also looks forward to continuing to bridge the gap between the base and the local community sports programs here. For more information about Youth Sports, call 321-610-8880. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens) New youth sports and fitness director brings innovative ideas

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Three 920th Rescue Wing pararescuemen were part of the most challenging mission of 2013 which led to them being awarded the Mackay Trophy. (From left to right) Staff Sgt. Lee Von Hack-Prestinary, Tech. Sgt. Dan Warren and Tech. Sgt. Jason Broline earned the award for their heroic efforts to safely evacuate American citizens and provide medical care to the passengers who were critically injured when their CV-22 Osprey came under heavy enemy fire during the mission December 21, 2013. (Courtesy photo) Three years later: Epic Rooster 73 Flight remembered
In the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, in the same exhibit hall with Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis and the Wright Brothers' 1903 flyer, under a case of protective glass, stands a massive silver cup, lined in gold, atop a three-tiered mahogany pedestal.The pedestal is adorned with dozens of small, silver medallions
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