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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Haley Storicks, an administrative journeyman assigned to the 509th Contracting Squadron, works out at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 1, 2018. One day at a time: 509th CONS Airman trains for fitness competition
Click. Click. Click. Her five-inch heels announced every step she took across the stage as the spotlight made her entire body glisten. Months of non-stop training and steadfast dedication came down to this single moment. She felt ready to face the judges. Once she hit center stage, the 5-foot fitness competitor struck her first pose and the crowd went wild. Now, all she had to do was smile – and flex every muscle in her body.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ashley Dudley, a pass and identification clerk assigned to the 509th Security Forces Squadron, sits and plays with her daughter at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 4, 2018. Dudley and her 8-month old daughter, Adelina Dudley, will be celebrating their first Mother’s Day this year; they plan to eat brunch as a family and spend quality time together. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Taylor Phifer) Military mom’s first Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day: A day dedicated to celebrate and honor mothers everywhere, to thank them for their unconditional love and constant support, to show appreciation for everything they do all year long. It is a day to say, “Mom, I love you.” This year, Mother’s Day has taken on a whole new meaning for one Air Force senior airman.
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Andy Martins, a manager for the Warrensburg High School baseball team, watches the game at West Park in Warrensburg, Mo., April 16, 2018. Even though he has autism, Andy is a vital member of the team. He ensures the pitchers do not exceed the limit number of throws per game, which is put in place to prevent injury. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla) Different, not less: love of sports helps military child with autism
“Strike! ... Ball! ... Strike!” With each call from the umpire, a vigilant statistician marks small tallies on a clipboard in the home dugout. Although he isn’t wearing a Tigers’ baseball uniform, he is representing his high school team by sporting a cardinal red baseball cap. Andy Martins is a 17-year-old sports enthusiast and one of the managers of the Warrensburg High School baseball team. Andy has autism. This is his second year on the team, and this season he is responsible for counting pitches.
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A family affair. Lt. Cols. Shane and Jennifer Garrison receive help from their children during a shared promotion ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., April 20, 2018. Making it together: husband and wife team promote, pin-on at same time
Lt. Cols. Shane and Jennifer Garrison experience their second promotion together during a dual pin-on ceremony at Barksdale AFB, La., April 20. The couple are both E-3 Air Battle Managers assigned to Eighth Air Force; the Garrisons also pinned on major at the same time. They discussed the benefits and obstacles faced with dual military careers.
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class John Cone writes and reads one of his slam poetry pieces. Power in words: 509th CONS Airman communicates through poetry
As he took the stage for the first time, he looked out into the audience and felt like a fish in a fishbowl. Even though the nerves were there, he felt prepared after spending two weeks memorizing his piece. The stage lights were shining in his face as everyone stared up at him, waiting for him to speak. The crowd grew quieter as the room became darker. He took a deep breath, and on an exhale he began to recite his work.
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509th CES Airman's skydiving passion Ready, set, jump: 509th CES Airman’s skydiving passion
Imagine flying in a small and tightly-packed plane 14,000 feet in the sky and hearing 1-2-3, jump! Without thinking, you’re suddenly free falling, feeling the wind hit your skin and getting a rush of adrenaline through your entire body. You pull the parachute open and are maneuvering yourself down to the ground. Carefully basing your movements on the wind direction and speed to ensure you land correctly.
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Special Operations training with Staff Sgt. Eddie Fore Spec. Prep.: 509th OSS Airman trains potential special operations Airmen
Another day with hours spent in the gym running, swimming, lifting and sweating, doing all he can to help change Airmen’s lives. Staying focused on their fitness programs in order to get them where they need to be. Seeing the Airmen progress from the constant work and dedication. Pushing these people to their limits to prepare them for what’s to come in their future careers. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Eddie Fore, a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist assigned to the 509th Operations Support Squadron, spends his personal time training with Airmen at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, to help them get the opportunity to cross train into a special operations career field.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. John De La Rosa, the career assistant advisor assigned to the 509th Force Support Squadron. Enjoys a moment of reflection about the First Term Airman Course at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Aug. 16, 2017. De La Rosa has been the CAA at Whiteman since April 2015, and has seen a positive impact on first-term Airmen since Airmanship 300 has been incorporated in FTAC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla) FTAC: Inspiring success
Since Airmanship 300 was incorporated into the First Term Airman Course curriculum, Airmen have had the opportunity to do more than just in-process at their first duty station. “Over the years it has become a great program,” said Senior Master Sgt. John De La Rosa, the career assistant advisor assigned to the 509th Force Support Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base. “Before it never really tackled the subject that Airmen really needed to know: how to effectively make a transition.”
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Diana Quijada, left, and Airman 1st Class Ashley Walton, both aircrew flight equipment (AFE) technicians assigned to the 509th Operations Support Squadron, pose with the equipment they maintain at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Dec. 12, 2017. Walton and Quijada inspect the equipment on a regular basis to ensure it functions correctly for the pilots. Attention to detail: From BMT to AFE
She recalls being full of nerves, holding her breath in order to stand still. Although it may sound unimportant, passing this wall locker inspection was the difference between graduating basic military training (BMT) or having to repeat the training. Everything had to be perfect, which meant no dust or lint anywhere, socks and shirts properly folded, towels with flushed edges, and uniforms hung correctly on evenly spaced hangers. She stood completely still as the military training instructors (MTIs) inspected her locker.
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Pilots assigned to the 393d Bomb Squadron fly T-38 Talons in formation over Missouri, Oct. 26, 2017. The T-38 Talon is a twin-engine, high-altitude supersonic pilot trainer aircraft. The two-seat jet has a top speed of 812 miles per hour. As the world’s first supersonic trainer, the T-38 first flew in 1959 and continues to be utilized to this day. Tigers triumph with T-38 Talons
Imagine taxiing down the runway with an open canopy, feeling the cool breeze through your body. After closing the canopy and being in position, the aircraft is cleared for takeoff. Adrenaline rushes through your body, making your heart race as anticipation increases. In a matter of seconds, you go from being on the ground to looking out the glass cockpit and being engulfed by nothing but white clouds and the bright blue sky. You are now 30,000 feet in the air, traveling at up to 812 miles per hour, with the feeling of 3,000 pounds from the thrust of the afterburners and the force of gravity pulling down while ascending through the sky.
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