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Master Sgt. Josh Vanassche, 9th Maintenance Squadron Aircrew Egress Systems Section chief, reads to his son Callan, June 26, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams) "...It's all about learning to overcome struggles..."
"I wanted to write a book to help people find theirpurpose in life. I decided to use tools as a way to explain that. A saw’s purposeis to cut wood just as a hammer’s is to drive a nail. As I was writing, the toolsevolved into characters with names and traits. That led me to gear the booktoward a younger audience. Many children grow up wondering why
0 8/15
2016
Staff Sgt. Daniel Hill, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron Airman Dormitory Leader, poses for a photo August 3, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Tristan D. Viglianco) "...I'm the guy on the grill..."
 "When I was stationed in Japan, my passion for barbeque began. Ibought my first smoker and started barbequing everything: ribs, chicken,brisket, pulled pork. If it can be smoked, I smoke it. My favorite thing tobarbeque is ribs because I have my own special process. Whenever my friends andI get together, I'm the guy on the grill. Right now, I have
0 8/08
2016
Kelly R. Lind, Beale Exchange military clothing supervisor, poses for a photo July 26, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams) "...I never slow down..."
“I have struggled with mental health for the past 12 years.To keep myself going, I like to go on adventures. After a six-day workweek, Ifill my time going to the lake, taking hikes or exploring other outdoorlocations. Fort Bragg, California, is one of my favorites. My friends say Inever slow down, but as long as I’m staying busy, I don’t get stuck
0 8/01
2016
1st Lt. Stephanie DeAngelo, 9th Reconnaissance Wing Chief of Protocol, poses for a photo July 20, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams) "...I'm still human..."
“I went to the Air ForceAcademy so I’m used to being challenged academically and physically. I thriveoff of hard work and doing well. It’s not abnormal for my duty days to turninto duty nights and I end up as the last one in the office. I take my jobseriously, but I’m still a human. I say crazy things and act goofy, but I wantmy work to speak for
0 7/25
2016
Staff Sgt. Ryan Stichberry, 9th Force Support Squadron FTAC Team Leader, poses for a photo July 13, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Bugenig) "...You have to be on point..."
"I chose to be the FTAC (First Term Airman Course) Team Leader to interact with the new Airmen. I love being able to mentor them and show them how the operational air force functions. In FTAC, you're one of the first people that the Airmen meet when they get to a new base, so you're setting an example for them. You have to be on point. One thing I
0 7/18
2016
Retired Master Sgt. Floyd Jones poses for a photo June 1, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze) "...By Far this is my favorite..."
"I joined the Air Force in 1966, I found out during tech school I had orders to Beale. I said where the heck is Beale? I had never heard of it. Later I reported into the squadron with the other new Airmen and they introduced us to our leadership and briefed on what we would be doing. We were in hangar two out on the flight line and the Chief took
0 7/11
2016
Senior Airman Hannah Jacobs, 9th Physiological Support Squadron launch and recovery technician, poses for a photo June 8, 2016, at Royal Air Force Fairford, England. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin F. Bugenig) "...We have laughed and cried together..."
“I can remember my sister and I spending a lot of time together when we were both home schooled. We’ve shared everything together: bathrooms, bedrooms, shared stories of dates gone awry. We have laughed and cried together. As we’ve grown up we have been able to learn from each other and become the people we are today. It’s been a goal of ours to
0 7/04
2016
Master Sgt. Jeffery Myers, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron U-2 Dragon Lady production superintendent, poses for a photo on Beale Air Force Base, June 21, 2016 (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Hunsaker) “…If they hadn’t of caught the abscess I probably would have died…Don’t ignore your pain…”
"I’ve had two deployments, but on my way to the third my appendix ruptured. I felt bad because someone had to short notice deploy for me and it was basically three weeks then you’re gone for six months. It’s always good to be ready. A month before I was scheduled to go on my deployment, I woke up around 3 a.m. from my stomach being tight and in
0 6/27
2016
James Fisher, Houston Fearless Special Repair Technician (Deployable Shelterized System – Film) and retired Master Sergeant, USAF, poses for a photo on April 14, 2016 at Beale Air Force Base California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dana Cable)
"...I knew I wanted to continue my work with the military..."
“I knew I wanted to continue my work with the military beyond my 23 years of active duty service. My transition to a contract civilian was seamless but the move from ammunition maintenance to the Optical Bar Camera mission was a big challenge for me. I’ve really enjoyed my time here and I look forward to contributing to this mission well into the
0 6/20
2016
Master Sgt. Yakita Zachary, 9th Maintenance Group section chief of maintenance management analysis, poses for a photo June 9, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo "...My life is flexability..."
“My life is flexibility, as a military spouse and a proud parent of two children, I have to be ready to adapt at whatever life throws my way. My wife and I are stationed at separate bases and have an 18-month-old son and a new born daughter of only 26 days, but we make it work. Being a C-5 Galaxy loadmaster, my wife can be TDY for days or weeks at
0 6/13
2016
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