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Staff Sgt. Ashleigh Buch, an instructor with the 338th Combat Training Squadron at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., looks out over the city of Omaha from her apartment Oct. 20, 2016. Buch is the first openly serving transgender Airman to be recommended for a return to flying duties. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Rachel Hammes) Transgender Airman flies high with new AF policy
On Ashleigh Buch’s 27th birthday, she woke up early, as usual, to go on a run before squadron physical training. She had always loved running, but today, as her feet pounded the pavement in the pre-dawn light, she prayed. “Please, let me be a woman. It’s my birthday, please let me have this.”She started to cry as she ran, repeating her prayer again
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U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Casey Ryan, 55th Security Forces Squadron Officer-in-Charge of Logistics, fires at silhouette targets place inside of a berm at the Eastern Nebraska Gun Club on Sept. 28 in Louisville, Neb.  Ryan is a member of the Air Force’s competition shooting team where he fires a combination of three types of guns and several targets.  Ryan also has the additional duty as Officer-in-Charge of the Emergency Services Team (SWAT) for Offutt Air Force Base.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger) Six rounds a second
From the time it takes you to read this sentence, the smoke would have already cleared and more than 20 shell casings would be on the ground from Lt. Casey Ryan’s .40 caliber STI Eagle.   The amazing part is how all 20 rounds he shot would have likely hit a book sized target and he would have already ejected the old magazine, loaded a new one and
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Joe Knott, an electronic duplicating systems technician with Defense Logistic Agencies Document Services, walks through an assortment of papers inside the supply room of the print shop located in the Martin Bomber building on Oct. 11, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.  The Document Services print shop offers a wide variety of paper weights and finishes for their Department of Defense customers to choose from.  In a digital age, print continues to meet mission requirements
Through entrance 11 and over inactive train tracks of the lower-level Martin Bomber Building, sits a solitary door in the repurposed World War II manufacturing plant - behind it, a decades-old mission persists.Behind this door, Joe Knott, an electronic duplicating systems technician, walks among industrial print machinery juxtaposed with
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Technical Sergeant Kyle Wilkins, an RC-135 crew chief out of Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. warms up at the Armed Forces Bowling Championships at Travis Air Force Base, California (U.S. Air Foce Photo by Louis Briscese) Maintenance Airman strikes out
Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned.U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Aaron Wilkes, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, tried out for the 2016 Air Force Bowling Team and didn’t make it, but that isn’t where his story begins or ends. Starting at age five, Wilkes began accompanying his father to league nights at the bowling alley every
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Ken Smith, a weather operations requirements manager with to the 557th Weather Wing, and Lisa Gill, with the 55th Force Support Squadron, stand in front of the Mercer Building in downtown Omaha, Neb., May 5, 2016.  The barrier fence, that surrounds the construction site, is decorated with printed banners depicting Omaha-area artists’ contributions to the Old Market Business Association beautification project designed to shield the site until the restoration is completed.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger/Released) Two Team Offutt members beautify the Old Market
Icicles descend from the century-old building inching closer to greet the cobblestone streets of Omaha’s historic Old Market district on a frigid January morning.  The heart of the Old Market, 11th and Howard, is encased by unnaturally thick sheets of ice made possible by the Omaha Fire Department’s hoses as they continue to fight a gas fire
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Holly Taylor, 55th Communications
Squadron unit deployment manager, and her sister, Brittney Carlson, pose for a photo with Taylor's son during a Moms, Pops and Tots event on March 19. This new program is designed to bring parents with children under the age of
five together so they have the opportunity to socialize and build bonds with others in the same situation. (Courtesy photo).
Offutt Airmen start a new kind of social network
Moving boxes, some empty, collect in corners and along unimpeded stretches of empty walls. The landscape outside, peoples’ faces are foreign and new. Sounds echo in the new home, amplified by an excitable toddler eager to explore the space.The new world quickly becomes one of isolation as the mission requires your spouse to leave the country.
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Jocelyn Smith, an executive officer with the 55th Wing Headquarters, skates past a blockade of Sioux City Roller Dames at the Ralston Arena, Neb., March 26, 2016. Smith, one a member of the Omaha Rollergirls, has been a participating in the roller derby sport for XX years.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger/Released) Amelia Airhurt: Offutt Airman is a fighter on wheels
Jocelyn Smith can remember the moment she really learned to fly. She was in high school, and she knew what she wanted her plane to do to land perfectly. And, for the first time, she was able to make the plane do exactly what she wanted, landing smoothly and easily. The World War II veteran who served as her teacher turned to her and yelled, “Why
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Airman 1st Class Seth Seward, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Fly Away Security Team Defender, deployed from Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., provides half of the 360 degree security to a C-130 Hercules during a mission to Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan Dec. 18, 2015. The 455th ESFS FAST is the all-encompassing security team that provides ground safety and cockpit denial to protect the aircraft and crew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Rau) Offutt deployed defenders keep airlift lifeline alive
On a lonely, dirt runway in the "Middle of Nowhere, Afghanistan," a C-130 Hercules's engines whine while it waits to be unloaded. It carries with it life-sustaining supplies the Forward Operating Base has been running low on for a week now. It is chock full water, food, and ammunition; each one of these is crucial to the FOB's survival. With
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James Battig, a fabrication work leader with the 55th Maintenance Squadron, delicately places the first of many nose art pieces onto an RC-135S Cobra Ball while parked in dock 4 of the Bennie Davis Maintenance Facility on Sept. 2, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.  The Cobra Ball had the first higher headquarters approved art, a serpent tightly coiled around a black sphere.  (U.S. Air Force Photo by Josh Plueger/Released) War Paint
Painted enamel teeth stretch menacingly across a canvas of riveted steel, animating the inanimate. Shark-mouthed aircraft taunt enemies with snarling grins. Mobile galleries patrol the skies.  Whether a functional designator, reminder of home or a symbol of intimidation, air crew artists have been tagging the fuselage of aircraft since its earliest
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Tech. Sgt. Jon Hardiman, Reserve recruiter, talks to Staff Sgt.  Michael Smith,  338th Combat Training Squadron, about his options for transition into the Reserves Dec. 3 in the Reserve Recruiting Office, Bldg. C, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.  Active duty Airmen have the option of using the Palace Chase and Palace Front programs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Blake) Why reserve?
Team Offutt has seen a lot of location changes recently - from the education office moving from Building D to Building C, to the Military Personnel Section moving from the Building C to Building 49 but there is one office that is not going anywhere, and it's the Reserve Recruiters.Although there are only two of them, Master Sgt. Clarence B. Goodloe
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