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  • Plane crash, coma doesn't deter pilot

    After a 2007 plane crash, nine days in a coma and 28 surgeries, retired Capt. David Berling, now a civilian working as a 56th Contracting Squadron contract specialist, understands what it means to overcome adversity. On April 29, 2007, Berling was approximately 20 seconds from landing his private plane at Hawthorne Municipal Airport near Los
  • Heroes walk amongst us every day

    "The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion." ~Abraham LincolnOne Airman did just that when he found himself downrange in the thick of war.It was April 2008 and Maj. Scott Smith, 56th Comptroller Squadron commander, had been on Phoenix base in Iraq for almost a year. The whole time he was there, it wasn't
  • Doolittle Tokyo Raiders: Anniversary event draws crowd to honor heroes

    It was April 18, 1942, and the United States was embroiled in World War II following the unsuspected attack on Pearl Harbor and the Imperial Japanese forces had rapidly extended their reach across the Pacific. When called upon, 80 men volunteered for a "top secret" mission blindly - a mission that had never been accomplished before; one that would
  • Flying squadron honors, remembers instructor pilot's ultimate sacrifice

    Maj. Jeff 'Oz' Ausborn, 41, was killed April 27, 2011, in Kabul, Afghanistan, when a shooter opened fire at the Kabul International Airport, killing eight Airmen and one American contractor. Ausborn, who was an instructor pilot deployed from Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, was honored during a heritage room and aircraft dedication April 18.
  • JBSA-Randolph to host commemorative toast for Doolittle Raider

    Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" E. Cole, World War II veteran and one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders, will celebrate Friday on the 72nd anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid.The commander of Air Education and Training Command, Gen. Robin Rand, invites you to a commemorative toast for Doolittle Raider Cole at the JBSA-Randolph Parr Club
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