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Tech Sgt. Frank Aguilar, 9th Reconnaissance Wing director of staff assistant, poses for a photo. Griffin never forgets
Sitting in the silence of a large room filled with nothing but chairs and a large desk is a man in an Air Force battle uniform. He wears a large badge below his left side blouse pocket flap, which indicates he is a defender. He pushes up to his left sleeve to his elbow revealing a black and white image of a sleeping griffin, representing a fallen friend. The griffin is resting on his stomach and clutching a set of dog tags in his front talons. Below the griffin written in roman numerals is the date April 3, 2008.
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Lt. Col. Nicole Mann (front), United States Marine Corps, NASA astronaut, and Christina Koch, NASA astronaut, prepare to take off in a T-38 Talon, July 8, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Mann and Koch, completed full-pressure suit training with the 9th Physiological Support Squadron, as part of their Space Flight Readiness Training. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Bobby Cummings) NASA pilots enter new frontier
NASA astronauts underwent full-pressure suit training at the 9th Physiological Support Squadron, July 7, 2016. The astronauts conducted training in a hypobaric chamber at simulated altitudes of more than 70,000 ft.
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Nearly 44 million American adults, and millions of children, experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey M. Schultze) May presents an opportunity to focus on mental well being
The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month and offers an opportunity to focus on mental health and well-being as well as the resources that are available to Airmen and their families. Mental health remains a major national topic and is of keen interest within the Air Force and military at large due to the unique stressors and factors of serving in the armed forces.
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Staff Sgt. Andrew Bergdorf, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron power production supervisor, rides his road bike on Beale Air Force Base, California, April 19, 2016. Bergdorf has been selected to compete in the Department of Defense Wounded Warrior Games which will take place at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, June 14-22, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael J. Hunsaker) Bergdorf: Odyssey of an Airman
The calmness prior to an engagement with enemy combatants resembles the calmness before a storm. The air is still and sounds are quiet, life is bliss and then in a moments instance muzzle flashes erupt, bullets are whistling by your head and rocket-propelled-grenades are exploding. Chaos engulfs around you, but in this moment years of training and heightened senses take over and one goal consumes your thoughts. How do I keep everyone safe?
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