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#CourageAlert: On Dec. 20, 2016, Airman 1st Class PeeJay Jack watched a dump truck lose control and collide with multiple vehicles on Florida’s Interstate 4.

Jack raced to the crash site and immediately checked the status of all the wounded. He focused on the highest priority victim, an unconscious man with a broken leg trapped in a vehicle that was on fire.

Realizing the danger of the situation, Jack worked feverishly to extract him. He worked with another bystander, using a crow bar to pry the door open.

Jack entered the burning vehicle and raced against time to free the victim’s mangled leg from under the dashboard, even as the flames on the car began to spread, threatening to engulf the car. By the time Jack had carried the victim uphill fifty yards back to the Interstate, the car was completely consumed in flames.

Jack then provided first-aid by protecting the protruding leg bone while treating the victim for shock until emergency responders could reach them.

Jack’s quick and decisive action, even at great risk to himself, saved the man’s life. He has been submitted for an Airman’s Medal as a result of his actions.

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Han Solo didn’t die and he comes back in The Last Jedi!!!!!!

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If you’re going to see what happens a long time ago in a galaxy far far away… Don’t forget the force is strong with this former Airman, who composed music for 8 out of the top 20 grossing films of all time!

AF Now - Star Wars Composer John Williams

Han Solo didn’t die and he comes back in The Last Jedi!!!!!! #Fakespoiler If you’re going to see what happens a long time ago in a galaxy far far away… Don’t forget the force is strong with this former Airman, who composed music for 8 out of the top 20 grossing films of all time!

Posted by United States Air Force on Friday, December 15, 2017

Guess which Air National Guard unit was selected to escort the first Japanese-built F-35A to the United States?

Find out: http://www.ang.af.mil/Media/Article-Display/Article/1393195/wisconsin-ang-tapped-to-escort-first-japanese-built-f-35a/

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Total Force Airmen across the globe have consistently answered the call to assist in response to recent national disasters. In the past week alone, the 146th Airlift Wing has flown more than 39 sorties and dropped 120,000 gallons of retardant on the SoCal fires. #OneTeamOneFight

The #MAFFS team taxis in and is done for the day. This past week they have flown a total of 39 sorties and dropped nearly 120,000 gallons of retardant on the SoCal fires supporting our CAL FIRE partners. #OneTeamOneFight

Posted by 146th Airlift Wing on Monday, December 11, 2017

The Air Force is known for its air supremacy around the globe, and pilots are recognized for their ability to keep the skies safe from our enemies. But who keeps the pilots safe?

Aircrew flight equipment.

Columbus Air Force Base's AFE unit is one of the busiest in the Air Force because it’s responsible for Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training instructor and student pilots. http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1393985/columbus-afe-keeps-pilot-production-going/

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The The National Guard turns 381 today! Go wish them a #HappyBirthday! #Guard381

National Guard's 381st Birthday

Today, we celebrate 381 years of service to our states and our nation. For almost four centuries, our National Guard has performed our dual-mission of protecting the homeland and fighting America's wars. Share your birthday wishes for the oldest military force in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in the comments below!

Posted by The National Guard on Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Weather and communications play a major part in the success of any mission. While enduring frigid temps where the sun never sets, watch how these Airmen deliver vigilance in space and cyberspace.

Weather and communications play a major part in the success of any mission. While enduring frigid temps where the sun never sets, watch how these Airmen deliver vigilance in space and cyberspace.

Posted by United States Air Force on Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor receives fuel from a KC-10 Extender over Syria while flying a mission in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve - عملية العزم الصلب, Nov. 22, 2017. The F-22 is a component of the Global Strike Task Force, supporting U.S. and Coalition forces working to liberate people and territory under the control of ISIS.
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Colton Elliott)

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131st Bomb Wing Missouri Air National Guard

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The Fiscal Year 2016 Nation Defense Authorization Act created a new military retirement system that blends the traditional legacy retirement pension with a defined contribution to Service members' Thrift Savings Plan account.

You can find the policy highlights here: https://go.usa.gov/xnNkP

The Fiscal Year 2016 Nation Defense Authorization Act created a new military retirement system that blends the traditional legacy retirement pension with a defined contribution to Service members' Thrift Savings Plan account.You can find the policy highlights here: https://go.usa.gov/xnNkP

Posted by United States Air Force on Monday, December 11, 2017

Operation Christmas Drop

Operation Christmas Drop 2017 officially kicks off Dec.11 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Stay tuned as we highlight all of the amazing United States Air Force, JASDF 航空自衛隊 and Royal Australian Air Force Airmen as they conduct #ChristmasDrop2017. Let us also say thank you to everyone that volunteered, and to those that have donated supplies to this wonderful cause, it wouldn't have been possible without your support. Check out the video below to see what it's all about (Select HD). For more information, be sure to visit our website http://www.andersen.af.mil/ocd/ Yokota Air Base, Japan, U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Pacific Air Forces, Airman Magazine, Air Mobility Command, Joint Region Marianas, Christmas Drop Organization, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Alaskan Command & 11th Air Force (Video by Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse)

Posted by Andersen Air Force Base, Guam on Thursday, November 30, 2017

For these Airmen, service to their country didn’t end after retiring from the Air Force.

Veterans Day Video

For these Airmen, service to their country didn’t end after retiring from the Air Force.

Posted by United States Air Force on Saturday, December 9, 2017

Evelyn's Defenders

In the Air Force, we take care of our own. And that support doesn't end when you leave Active Duty. The 56th Security Forces Squadron has been supporting a family of former defenders for several years as they battle ALS. #AirForceFamily #EvelynsDefenders

Posted by Luke AFB, Arizona-56th Fighter Wing on Wednesday, November 15, 2017

As a mobile gas station, the KC-10 can refuel a wide variety of U.S. and allied military aircraft within the same mission. Check out how pumping gas in the sky gets the job done in a deployed location.

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Twenty years ago he was a student at Auburn University cheering on the football team from the stands. Now, he’s an Air Force pilot leading the 2017 Iron Bowl flyover over the school’s stadium.

2017 Iron Bowl flyover

Twenty years ago he was a student at Auburn University cheering on the football team from the stands. Now, he’s an Air Force pilot leading the 2017 Iron Bowl flyover over the school’s stadium.

Posted by United States Air Force on Thursday, December 7, 2017

On this day we honor and remember those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor. #HonorThem

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

A date which will live in infamy.Today we reflect on the lives lost during the sudden attack on Pearl Harbor, and the lives that entered into #WWII the very next day.#USArmy video by the Army Team at Defense Media Activity

Posted by U.S. Army on Thursday, December 7, 2017

On this look around the Air Force the preferred location for a new MQ-9 reaper wing is selected, continuation pay rates are announced for the Blended Retirement System, and Exercise Lightning Focus kicks off in Australia.

On this look around the Air Force the preferred location for a new MQ-9 reaper wing is selected, continuation pay rates are announced for the Blended Retirement System, and Exercise Lightning Focus kicks off in Australia.

Posted by United States Air Force on Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Deployed #Airmen with the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing's civil engineering squadron responded to a simulated chemical agent threat from an improvised rocket-assisted mortar. The exercise concluded with training on establishing a contamination control area.

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“Learning a new language is like replacing a barrier with a bridge. Nowadays building bridges is more beneficial than building barriers because barriers create fear and division.” – Senior Airman Evan Tuza

Read how Tuza is helping Airmen at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing break barriers in a whole new way: http://www.afcent.af.mil/News/Article/1384940/languages-of-auab-sra-evan-tuza/

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Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense Mark. E. Mitchell experienced a day in the life of Hurlburt Field Special Tactics Airmen while conducting a personnel recovery exercise.

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The F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation fighter with fourth-generation stealth technology, radical maneuvering capabilities, and the ability to fly at supersonic speed without afterburners.

It is the most dominant and advanced air superiority fighter in the world.

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The F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation fighter with fourth-generation stealth technology, radical maneuvering capabilities, and the ability to fly at supersonic speed without afterburners. It is the most dominant and advanced air superiority fighter in the world.

Posted by United States Air Force on Monday, December 4, 2017

Can you guess which photo was named the “Airman Top Shot” of the week?

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#CourageAlert: In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew devastated the communities around Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. The flooding killed 22 people and trapped thousands.

During the storm’s landfall, Tech. Sgt. Justin Fellure, Staff Sgt. Andrew Vaughan and Erik Hahs were dispatched to assist in rescue efforts throughout the community.

The Air Force team operated an Airport Crash Fire Rescue vehicle, the only vehicle large enough to navigate the flood waters, to reach stranded victims.

During the rescue efforts, the Airmen faced severe hazards including downed power lines, fallen trees, wind gusts exceeding 60 mph, and rushing flood waters.

As the flooding waters reached record levels, the Airmen worked alongside Wayne County Swift Water Rescue Team members while nearly submerged by the raging waters.

The Airmen established and manned rescue lines when a tree snapped and swept away one of the rescue swimmers and his boat. The Airmen immediately sprung into action and
recovered the swimmer.

They strategically maneuvered upstream between trees to rescue a stranded woman clinging to a tree in fear of her life, saving her moments before the rising current reached her position. The Airmen ultimately saved the lives of eight community members.

Without the self-sacrificing efforts of these firefighters, the death toll in Wayne County would have been higher. Eight people are alive today because of the bravery of these Airmen.

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Air Force Senior Airman Selina N. Okyere, from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst has one goal in her life: to teach the people from her native land of Ghana basic lifesaving skills.

Read her story: https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1382623/face-of-defense-airman-seeks-to-build-generation-of-lifesavers/

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Happy Birthday Civil Air Patrol!

76 years ago the Civil Air Patrol was founded a week before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Within three months, CAP members were using their own planes to fly anti-submarine missions off the East and Gulf coasts, where German U-boats were sinking American ships carrying oil and other vital supplies to the Allies. By the time that mission ended on Aug. 31, 1943, CAP’s coastal patrols had flown 86,685 missions - totaling 244,600 hours and more than 24 million miles.

Elsewhere, CAP’s airborne missions throughout the U.S. included border patrols, target-towing for military trainees, fire and forest patrols, searches for missing people and aircraft, disaster relief, emergency transport of people and supplies, and orientation flights for future pilots. Many from the organization’s ranks went on to join the Army Air Forces.

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