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Staff Sgt. Virgie Yi, 9th Physiological Support Squadron assistant non-commissioned officer in charge of launch and recovery, adjusts the helmet for the high-altitude pressure suit of Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James at Beale Air Force Base, California, Aug. 11, 2015. The specialized pressure suit allows U-2 Dragon Lady pilots to safely fly at altitudes reaching 70,000 feet. James visited Beale to receive a first-hand perspective of high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance from collection to dissemination. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dana J. Cable) "...It was a really unique opportunity to get the chance to suit up the Secretary of the Air Force..."
"It was a really unique opportunity to get the chance to suit up the Secretary of the Air Force. To be able to show her that detailed closer look at what we do and the chance that it might factor into any decisions she makes at that level is really an awesome opportunity."Staff Sgt. Virgie Yi, 9th Physiological Support Squadron assistant
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Staff Sgt. James J. Thomas, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron unit security manager, poses for a photo at Beale Air Force Base, California, Aug. 3, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica B. Nelson) "...The pace of life is much different over there ..."
"I've never lived anywhere in my life for more than four years. The first time I went overseas I was in college my freshman year doing a language immersion program for two months.  The pace of life is much different over there and it took some getting used to.  One thing that I learned in traveling is that you cannot rush to judgment in anything,
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Airman 1st Class Stephen, 9th Intelligence Squadron, poses with his bicycle at Beale Air Force Base, California, July 21, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Preston L. Cherry) "...Biking can be a mental battle..."
"The longest bike ride I've accomplished is 60 miles. I'm about to ride 72 miles, at high altitude, around the perimeter of Lake Tahoe. It will be a new personal record for me, hopefully to be broken again by a 100-mile ride I am doing in August. Biking can be a mental battle fought by you or with a team. It's a great way to get out, enjoy the
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Airman 1st Class Larry, 48th Intelligence Squadron mission system technician, poses in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu outfit at Beale Air Force Base, California, July 7, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Preston L. Cherry)
"...those are the values for which I'm most grateful for...”
"I started tae kwon do when I was six and received my third-degree black belt nearly three years ago. Soon after, I began Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and now attend classes in the area twice a week as a blue belt. Martial arts taught me discipline, respect and self-control, and those are the values for which I'm most grateful for."Airman 1st Class Larry,
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Airman 1st Class Willis Reddick, 9th Reconnaissance Wing Staff Judge Advocate civil law paralegal, poses for a photo July 7, 2015, at Beale Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ramon A. Adelan) "...My twin brother Wesley and I grew up doing everything together..."
"Both my twin brother Wesley and I grew up doing everything together. We wore the same clothes. We joined the Air Force together and were even in the same flight together at basic training. I remember us going out and playing basketball all the time growing up. Now, he is at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, leveling up in
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Tech. Sgt. Mark Graves, 9th Munitions Squadron Air Force Combat Ammunition Center combat advisor, poses for a photo June 29, 2015, at Beale Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ramon A. Adelan) "...My world revolves around my family..."
"When I look back on my career, experiencing my first base, meeting the woman who became my wife, having our two children, and buying our first home, I owe a lot to the Air Force. My world revolves around my family. The Air Force gave me that path to work hard for everything I have and provide for them."Tech. Sgt. Mark Graves, 9th Munitions
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Bob Leon, 9th Maintenance Squadron T-38 Talon technician, poses for a photo June 24, 2015, on the flightline at Beale Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ramon A. Adelan) "...As long as my body continues to move, I will keep working and having fun..."
"When I was young I lived in San Bernardino, which was just south of Edwards Air Force Base. I would hear sonic booms and see contrails in the sky, this began to peak my interest in aviation. I later enlisted in the Air Force in August 1969. I served for 21 years, and I enjoyed every part of it. I was stationed here at Beale for more than half of
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Airman Carlos Stear, 9th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, poses for a photo June 16, 2015, at Beale Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Preston Cherry/Released) "...It was a special moment in both our lives..."
"The most memorable moment I shared with my father was when I came home after tech school and I was able to sign our 'Wall of Honor.' My father dedicated this wall in our man cave to all our friends and family who have served. It was a special moment in both of our lives."Airman Carlos Stear, 9th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution
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Senior Airman Kenley Lott, 9th Contracting Squadron contracting specialist, poses for a photo April 28, 2015, at Beale Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ramon A. Adelan/Released) "...Going out there I didn't know what to expect, I was a little nervous..."
"I can remember being at my neighbor's house learning to play the guitar. I was 10 years old at the time, and was learning the fundamentals from that old man.  A few years later I really got hooked. I was performing with a band during a small music festival; we were actually opening for a national act.  Going out there I didn't know what to expect,
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Lt. Col. Sarah Williams, 9th Maintenance Group deputy commander, poses for a photo May 11, 2015, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ramon A. Adelan/Released) "...Capturing those moments gives me a chance to look back and remember..."
"I've always been active outdoors since I was a child living in Minnesota. Being stationed in different locations gave me a chance to experience what the areas had to offer. I have ridden snowmobiles, owned horses and a boat, skied down mountains and I even learned how to scuba dive. But, the one hobby I am able to take with me everywhere is
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