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For years, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Yecenia Caban-Jimenez has struggled to hold on to her dream of serving in an Air Force she adores. After being injured during a 2009 deployment, she gained 100 pounds and subsequently failed four PT tests within 25 months. She has now shed the weight and is near the end of her road to  recovery. (Contributed photos) Sergeant thrives after overcoming health, image challenges
She couldn't stand to look at herself in the mirror, so she put on her makeup in the dark.Even though every waking moment caused her pain, she would not accept the reality of who she had become.It was late in 2012 and throughout the past 25 months, Staff Sgt. Yecenia Caban-Jimenez had failed four physical training tests. Although her physical
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2013
U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Holmes, 509th Medical Operations Squadron physical therapy technician, uses a model of a shoulder to show U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tim Ferguson, 509th Maintenance Group command chief assistant, his potential injury, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Aug. 6, 2013. The physical therapy clinic devises a program plan unique to each individual and his injuries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bryan Crane/Released) Repairing Airmen one muscle at a time
The human body is composed of the cardiovascular, muscular, nervous, skeletal and respiratory systems. As complex as the body is, human beings are constantly building them up and breaking them down.At Whiteman Air Force Base, the 509th Medical Operations Squadron physical therapy clinic is the group that helps Airmen build their bodies back up by
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class David Reddoch, 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron individual protective equipment technician, visually inspects a gas mask as part of a routine inspection at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., July 29, 2013.  The inspections maintain organization and uniformity of equipment in the IPE warehouse and maximize efficiency while also providing accountability of Air Force assets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson/Released) IPE: Equipping warfighters, saving lives
(Editor's note: This is part two of a three-part series about sections of the 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron Material Management Flight)When Airmen deploy they rely on training they have received to survive all kinds of hazardous threats. Without the right equipment, however, that training may prove useless, as that equipment, whether weapons,
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Airmen 1st Class James Lott and Michael Maluk, 509th Maintenance Squadron avionics back shop team members, remove and replace the back shell on a cannon plug at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., July 25, 2013. Stress over time, as well as normal wear, can cause back shells to break, requiring removal and replacing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released) Delicate electronics create massive firepower
The B-2 Spirit is the most feared weapons system on the planet, but it would not be if not for the 509th Maintenance Squadron avionics back shop team.The avionics team works around the clock repairing equipment to ensure the B-2's internal system maintains the capabilities needed to perform mission-essential tasks."We test any and everything the
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Airman 1st Class Dalvin Washington, 509th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment apprentice, prepares to don an Airsave vest during a training scenario at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., July 16, 2013. The AFE shop recently received two brand-new Airsave vests from Air Combat Command to research their advantages and disadvantages as compared to older vest styles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson/Released) Airsave vest provides peace of mind to aircrew
Just like computer programmers upgrade their technology to make processes more efficient, the Air Force upgrades flight equipment to ease daily procedures and save time, effort and expense.The 509th Operations Support Squadron airfield flight equipment shop recently received two brand-new Airsave vests from Air Combat Command. The vests were sent
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Master Sgt. Lafoundra Thompson, 509th Operations Group first sergeant, assists Airman 1st Class Tamila Reid, 509th Operation Support Squadron combat crew communications apprentice, with a personal situation at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., July 23, 2013. First sergeants play a key role in helping their Airmen with any situation that is brought to their attention. They also strive to encourage Airmen and keep the Whiteman mission rolling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released) A day in the life of a first sergeant: Complete dedication, pure selflessness
Being a first sergeant is a challenging duty, but for Master Sgt. Lafoundra Thompson, 509th Operations Group first sergeant, it is also a joy.First sergeants advise their squadron commanders and keep them up-to-date on disciplinary, morale and health issues affecting their assigned Airmen. They also routinely inspect Airmen's dorm rooms to ensure
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Senior Airman Keandre Lowe guides Airman 1st Class Daniel Rexius, and the practice munition he is transporting, into place during a load crew of the quarter competition at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., July 18, 2013. The load crew competition uses practice munitions and a mock B-2 Spirit stealth bomber to simulate real-world loading conditions. Both Airmen are load crew team members from the 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shelby R. Orozco/Released) Load crews battle for bragging rights
There is no room for error.Every step and every hand movement made by the crews loading munitions onto B-2 Spirit stealth bombers is deliberate and steady, and every thought must focus on what to do next.When B-2s are called upon to provide a rapid, forceful response, Air Force officials know they can count on the load crews at Whiteman to get the
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Norbo, a 509th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, eats a treat upon finishing his routine checkup at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., July 3, 2013. Norbo suffers from allergies and receives his daily medication from his handler. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shelby R. Orozco/Released) Whiteman vet clinic cares for furry friends
When Airmen or their family members get sick, they know to go to the base clinic for care, but what about their pets? Nowadays, cats and dogs are seen as another member of the family who requires care as well.That's where the Whiteman Veterinary Clinic comes into play.Ran by one doctor, one military veterinary technician and one receptionist, the
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Airman 1st Class Brayden Lee, 509th Civil Engineer Squadron pavements and construction equipment journeyman, hauls crushed concrete using a front end loader at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., June 9, 2013. Front end loaders are used year round to repair damaged roads for Whiteman personnel to commute to and from their workplace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released) The Dirt Boyz are in the trenches
As dirt is being kicked up into the air, sounds of heavy machinery fills the air as roads are being graded and crushed concrete is being moved.Roads are the main traveling source for any vehicle transportation, but when they are rugged, it makes it difficult to travel and reach the intended destination. The 509th Civil Engineer Squadron pavements
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Airman 1st Class Terrell Grant, 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron central storage journeyman, performs warehouse location checks with Senior Airman Stephanie Shipwash, 509th LRS central storage journeyman, at the central storage warehouse at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., June 25, 2013. Location checks help Airmen working in the warehouse ensure government property is placed in the proper location on the shelves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson/Released) Central storage warehouse provides quality service
(Editor's note: This is part one of a three-part series about sections of the 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron Material Management Flight)Airmen need to be equipped with the right gear to accomplish the mission. That's where Airmen who work in the 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron central storage warehouse come into play.When shops are in need
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