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  • AETC Airman from Fairchild helps rescue injured Idaho hiker

    Fairchild Airmen from the 336th Training Support Squadron, an Air Education and Training Command unit, and the 36th Rescue Flight rescued a 36-year-old female rock climber Sept. 20 near Priest Lake, Idaho, after she suffered injuries to her face, lower leg and foot.The victim, Ammi Midstokke, had just summited the west side of Chimney Rock and was
  • Luke Airman averts potential disaster

    Capt. George Normandin, 56th Fighter Wing Command Post chief, received the Aviation Safety Well Done Award Sept. 2 for his decisive action during a training mission where he averted a potential disaster. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander, presented the award in wing headquarters.Normandin has always loved being around planes since he was a
  • Luke EOD Airman changed for good by life experiences

    The challenges in life are often what make us who we are, alter our path in life and change our future. For Tech Sgt. David Gerig, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team chief, his experiences led him to helping the poor and comforting the dying.Gerig's family came from Johannesburg, in the province of Gauteng, South Africa.
  • Columbus honors pilot after reaching 'High Flight'

    Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds and done a hundred things you have not dreamed of wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence.Columbus Air Force Base held a memorial service for Maj. Rick "Tracer" Schafer,
  • New program enables military surgeons at SAMMC to save sawed-off thumb

    Homer Mora had the afternoon off so decided he'd check a "honey do" item off his list. Rodents had been getting into the trash on his ranch, so his plan was to build a trash can bin they couldn't breach.A seasoned woodworker, Mora headed out to his barn, switched on the table saw and got to work. Nearly finished, he reached down to get one last
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