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  • Whiteman Wanderer: From the ‘roof of the world’ to world’s greatest Air Force

    His passion for adventures and traveling started as a young child. Today, it helps him do his job as an Airman. Born in Nepal, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sukh Bhandari, an aerospace ground equipment journeyman assigned to the 509th Maintenance Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, could be found running up and down the mountain paths every day. Even after leaving the roof of the world, and moving across the globe to the United States, his desire for exploring only grew larger.
  • Air Force values foreign language speakers, offers additional pay and more career options

    For Airmen, foreign language skills can mean increased pay and more career options. It also means taking some pretty rigorous languages tests: the Defense Linguistic Aptitude Battery (DLAB) and the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT).
  • SERE: What it takes

    Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE), trainees face long grueling days of simulated interrogation, sleep-deprived nights and nonstop activity that pushes them to their physical limits.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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