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Air Force Reservist, Tech. Sgt. Altrameise Myers, information management craftsman, 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., poses with a photo of her late son AJ who passed away at 17 years old, Sept. 30, 2012. Myers' grief helped to melt away her stage fright which led to an invite to audition for the Air Force's highly coveted Air Force Tops in Blue entertainment troupe. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Cathleen Snow) Grief melts fear, leads Air Force Reservist to worldwide talent search audition
Haven't been there--yet! Haven't done that--yet!-- but still got the T-shirt! A package in the mail containing a T-shirt renewed hope for one talented Air Force Reservist in the 920th Rescue Wing. Tech. Sgt. Altrameise Myers, information management craftsman, was a little confused when she received a package in the mail with a lone T-shirt
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920th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Commander, Col. (Dr.) Lewis D. Neace becomes life-saver during commercial flights to and from Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., where he performs his Reserve duty. (Courtesy photo) Medical commander 2Xs an angel in friendly skies
The Grim Reaper can come knocking at anytime and anyplace, thankfully for two passengers the Reaper was kept at bay by the 920th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Commander, Col. (Dr.) Lewis D. Neace. Recently Neace, who resides in Portland, Ore., and travels to the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., to perform his Air Force Reserve duty,
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Staff Sgt. Brandon Forshaw, an Air Force Reserve pararescueman with the 920th Rescue Wing's 308th Rescue squadron, proudly wears his maroon beret, the distinctive PJ headwear, which he earned after nearly three years of training. (Courtesy photo) The road to PJ part three: earning the beret
Most Marine corporals don't spend an evening writing a letter to a general, but that's exactly what Brandon Forshaw -- now an Air Force Reserve staff sergeant -- had to do upon returning from his deployment to Djibouti. While in Djibouti, Forshaw, then a supply Marine on guard duty, met a group of people who would ultimately lead him to realize a
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Staff Sgt. Brandon Forshaw, right, then a Marine lance corpral, stands with a fellow Marine during his first deployment to Iraq in 2003. (Courtesy photo) The road to PJ part two: What's a PJ?
Less than a week after Staff Sgt. Brandon Forshaw signed up to join the Marine Corps Reserve, the U.S. came under the infamous terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which left thousands of American citizens dead and injured and the rest of the world in shock. Forshaw and his family were no less in shock than everyone else. His parents, who were
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Staff Sgt. Brandon Forshaw's first day of primary school in South Africa in 1990. (Courtesy photo) The road to PJ part one: new country, new ideas
Many pararescuemen at the 920th Rescue Wing knew they wanted to be Rescue Airmen long before they were even old enough to enlist. They knew all about pararescuemen, also known as PJs, and their motto, "that others may live." As children, some probably dreamed about the day they would earn their maroon beret, jump out of planes and save lives. Staff
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Default Air Force Logo Rescue group intelligence officer begins and ends career with same unit
A majority of the gaining Airmen into the Air Force Reserve have either served on active duty or have come from a different branch of service. Most Reserve Airmen over their careers have been associated with many different units and mission sets. However, for Maj. William Edwards, an intelligence officer with the 943rd Rescue Group, he has had the
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In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to 369,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,350 civilian injuries, 2,640 civilian deaths, and $6.9 billion in direct damage. Patrick Fire Department Urges Residents to "Have Two Ways Out!"
If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety? According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one-third of Americans households who made and estimate they thought they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. Unfortunately,
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Danish Army Soldiers traveled to the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., to present a signed Danish flag to Guardian Angels who came to their aid when their NATO foot patrol in Afghanistan ended due to life threatening injuries. Clockwise from lower left; Staff Sgt. Darrell “Matt” Williams, 308th RQW, Lance Cpl. Tamara í Túni, Danish Army, Lance Cpl. Karl Stenger, Danish Army,   Senior Airman Kristopher Tomes, 308th RQW, and  Master Sgt. Weston Hufnagel, 30th RQW. (Courtesy photo) Closing the loop, Danish troops express gratitude
As a gesture of appreciation, Danish Army Soldiers traveled recently here to present a signed Danish flag to the 920th Rescue Wing Guardian Angels who came to their aid. In October 2011, the Danish Soldiers were part of a NATO foot patrol in Afghanistan ended due to life threatening injuries. [Guardian Angels are a U.S. Air Force weapons system
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Master Sgt. Brian Ball, 920th RQW quality assurance inspector, was diagnosed with throat cancer on April 29, 2010. While his cancer is currently in remission, he must wait five years from the date he was diagnosed to be declared cancer free. According to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 100 types of cancer; statistically, half of all men and one-third of all women in the U.S. will develop a form of the disease during their lifetime. Faith, family, wingmen give Rescue Reservist hope
After 39 radiation treatments, three chemotherapy treatments, kidney failure, a blood transfusion and more than 100-pound weight loss, Master Sgt. Brian Ball, 920th Rescue Wing quality assurance inspector, sits at his desk and reflects on the illness that almost claimed his life -- and the people who helped save it."In March of 2010 I started
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Master Sgt. John Clarke, chief, force support development education, 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., holds up a digital calibration target during a tutoring session with a family friend. Clarke performed a training session on the camera technique white balance. Clarke plans on tutoring on a larger scale after spending more than 20 years behind the camera. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Natasha Dowridge) Click it or lose it: Rescue Reservist captures moments worth remembering
At approximately 400 milliseconds, a blink of the eye is one of the fastest reflexes in the body. Yet in that timeframe, one could easily miss an Airman's first hug from his child after a six-month deployment, or a newlywed couple's first kiss.These moments, however brief, can be remembered with just the click of a button and a flash of light,
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