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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Deng Pour reflects on his journey from being one of the “lost boys” of Sudan to becoming an American Airman. Pour is currently deployed to the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa as the religious affairs non-commissioned officer in charge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Antoinette Gibson/Released) True resilience: One Man's Journey from South Sudan to American Airman
Two million people died, four million were displaced and thousands fled civil war, but by faith and perseverance, one "lost boy" who is now an American Airman returns home.As a young boy at the age of 5, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Deng Pour, a survivor of the 1983-2006 Sudanese civil war lived through many years of near starvation and genocide, but
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John Leonard Harris, a career transition trainer with Insignia Federal Group teaches job-interview techniques to a group of service members transitioning to civilian life as part of the Transition Assistance Program seminar at the Offutt Airman Family and Readiness Center, Nov. 22, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Markus M. Maier/Released) TAP inspires a new beginning
In response to rising unemployment rates, especially among veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Barack Obama signed the Veterans Opportunity to Work to Hire Heroes Act on Nov. 21, 2011. Among other initiatives, the bill calls for a major restructure of the military's transition assistance program, which had not been
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The Team Offutt basketball squad comes together before practice at the Offutt Field House on Nov. 7 at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. This year’s squad includes 18 players from across the base, including members of the Air Force, Army and some Department of Defense civilians. They host their first double-round-robin meet of the season on Nov. 16-17. (U.S. Air Force photos by Ryan Hansen/Released) Offutt hoopsters looking for weekend sweep
The Team Offutt basketball squad hosts its first double-round-robin meet of the season at the Offutt Field House on Nov. 16-17.Team Offutt welcomes the Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., teams to base and will play them both twice over two days."We ask that the members of Offutt Air Force Base come out and support the
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Airmen serve themselves during “Throwdown Thursday” at the Connection on Oct. 10 in Tuskegee Hall, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. Throwdown Thursday began in September with more than 45 single enlisted military members in attendance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Peter R.O. Danielson/Released) The Connection: Leadership Lab for Next Year's Leaders
When an Airman moves into the Offutt dormitories fresh from technical school, they are naturally curious about a lot of things. They don't yet know where the dining facility is, or where they'll report in to work. Their sponsor takes care of these quick issues, but then leaves the Airman to explore their new home.If they're lucky, they'll travel to
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Rebecca Packard, a vocalist for the Heartland of America Band, tests her vocal range during a rehearsal Oct. 10, at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. The HOAB recently transitioned from a 46-piece band to a 16-piece band as part of an overall Air Force restricting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jeff W. Gates/Released) Heartland of America Band completes transition
Throughout the history of music, all great bands go through periods of transition. Whether it's a shift in musical direction or simply a lineup change, almost all bands experience it.The Heartland of America Band, stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is certainly no different. A little more than a year ago, the Air Force decided to restructure
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Michael O'Brien is the Special Victims' Counsel
stationed at Offutt Air Force Base and is one of three SVCs who represents
the Patterson Air Force Base region. The Special Victims Council program
kicked off last November and consists of judge advocates and paralegals who
provide legal assistance to and represent victims of sexual assault. (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger/Released)
New Air Force program provides legal assistance to sexual assault victims
A new Air Force program is giving victims of sexual assault a voice, allowing them to combat their cases in new ways. The Special Victims Council program kicked off last November with the training of 60 judge advocates to become part-time SVCs, and in May, the training of 24 JAGs to become full-time SVCs. The program consists of JAGs and paralegals
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James Norwood, an electronic intelligence advisor with the National Security Agency’s representative office at United States Strategic Command, embraces his wife Jean while saying his farewell at his retirement ceremony held at the Patriot Club July 31 on Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.  Jean has been alongside her husband for 59 years of his nearly 60 years of federal service.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger/Released) A legacy remembered
If someone said they retired at 59; your initial reaction would be one of a general nicety or some other form of congratulations. But what can one say to James Norwood who retired July 31 at 59 years - of combined service?Somehow a general congratulation doesn't seem to be enough for someone with this amount of dedication, does it? So, what kind of
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Ruth, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog, takes a break from her obstacle course training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013.  The course provides obstacles at different heights to provide realistic scenarios MWD teams can expect while on patrol.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis) From the leash down
Military Working Dogs and their handlers assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group patrol and protect Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, and the surrounding area.The handlers perform weekly controlled aggression training with their dogs and practice in a MWD obstacle course to provide realistic scenarios the team can expect to encounter
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Keith Thompson, 55th Security Forces Squadron, checks Identification at the newly remodeled and expanded Strategic Command Gate on Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., March 5. Security forces members are starting a new program to enhance their customer service skills to align with their defender abilities. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Josh Plueger/Released) Offutt Ambassador program shows motivation is contagious
Over the last several months, you may have noticed some changes in the way you are greeted as you enter Offutt Air Force Base. Since August 2012, a selected group of active duty and civilian guards, referred to as the Offutt Ambassadors, have worked "to provide excellent customer service while granting access to our installation," according to
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Default Air Force Logo Protecting your teeth with mouth guards
Knowing how to prevent injuries is important when you, or your child, participate in organized or recreational activities. Whether you are involved in contact sports like football or wrestling or non-contact sports such as gymnastics or weightlifting, wearing a mouth guard can offer significant protection. How would you feel if you lost one or two
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