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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The Anyway Poem graces one of the pages of a journal Col. Keith Balts, Air Force Space Command inspector general, put together for his daughter while on a yearlong deployment. The journal had contributions from Airmen with one or two stripes up to a lieutenant general and a few others. His daughter, Rachel, even contributed to the journal, although she didn’t realize it. (Courtesy photo) Storytellers: Dear Rachel
Col. Keith W. Balts had just begun his yearlong deployment to Qatar in 2012 and was thinking of his family, especially his 8-year-old daughter Rachel. He was wondering what he could do special for her, something more than a gift or trinket. He came up with an idea to make her a journal of what it's like to be deployed as a female.Balts shared a
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2015
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Debbie Lockhart) I am SCHRIEVER: All in the family
(Editor's Note: "I am SCHRIEVER" is a diversity campaign dedicated to recognizing the diversity within our base as well as highlight the way this diversity makes us stronger and better able to ensure mission success.)There are many benefits to military life. Healthcare, educational opportunities, on-the-job training and traveling the country/world
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2015
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Airman 1st Class Abby Morris, 21st Operations Support Squadron airfield management apprentice, creates manga stories and aspires to create for a Japanese anime production someday. She began drawing when she was 8 years old and was drawn to manga after seeing her first anime show.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rose Gudex) Peterson's airfield management artist: logic vs creativity
What began as a small child covering an entire floor with paint her mom forgot to "keep out of reach of children" developed into something more than child rebellion.Airman 1st Class Abby Morris, 21st Operations Support Squadron airfield management, is fresh out of high school and joined the Air Force for financial stability and, of course, to
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2015
Members of Vandenberg’s women’s varsity basketball team pose for a photo, Oct. 15, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Comprised of people from all walks of life, and from all over the nation, the Air Force is a boiling cauldron of intellectuals, artists and athletes. For athletes who find their way into the Air Force ranks, displaying their physical prowess on a competitive stage can often be continued through the various varsity sports teams on base. (Courtesy photo) Base sports teams heighten competition
Comprised of people from all walks of life, and from all over the nation, the Air Force is a boiling cauldron of intellectuals, artists and athletes.For athletes who find their way into the Air Force ranks, displaying their physical prowess on a competitive stage can be continued through the various varsity sports teams on base."These teams are
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2015
Andrew Canaan, hugs his father, 2nd Lt. John Canaan, 1st Space Operations Squadron mission planning officer, Oct. 23, 2015, outside of their home at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Since his father joined the U.S. Air Force in 2014, Andrew has moved four times and has started attending a new school. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Debbie Lockhart) I am SCHRIEVER: 'Marching man' in the making
(Editor's Note: "I am SCHRIEVER" is a diversity campaign dedicated to recognizing the diversity within our base as well as highlighting the way this diversity makes us stronger and better able to ensure mission success.)When 2nd Lt. John Canaan, 1st Space Operations Squadron mission planning officer, made the decision to serve his country in 2014,
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2015
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – A newspaper clipping from April 12, 1979 memorializes Peterson AFB’s first female firefighter, Deputy Chief Cindy Litteral. Litteral began her career as an enlisted Airman and retires from her civil service career as one of only 30 female deputy fire chiefs in the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lori O’Donley) From farm girl to Peterson's first female deputy fire chief
She threw darts at a newly installed dartboard on the operations floor competing with her colleagues. She would call out "chic," as a way to refer to herself in third person, with each miss. Though the times she would call out chic would lessen, the name would stick with her for a career.Cindy Litteral, or Chic (to only her closest colleagues), is
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2015
Airman 1st Class Ford Grundberg, 3rd Space Operations Squadron Defense Satellite Communications System satellite vehicle operator, is an inventor. Grundberg, along with five former high school classmates, created an invention that is purposed to save the lives of firefighters who perform ice dive search and rescue missions. The robot received recognition from the Lemelson Foundation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was introduced to President Barack Obama at the White House Science Fair. (Courtesy Photo)  I am SCHRIEVER: Space operator by day, inventor at heart
(Editor's Note: "I am SCHRIEVER" is a diversity campaign dedicated to recognizing the diversity within our base as well as highlighting the way this diversity makes us stronger and better able to ensure mission success.)Stop for a minute and look around you. There are probably countless objects in your vicinity that stemmed from the imagination of
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2015
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Tech. Sgt. Billy Gazzaway, 21st Communication Squadron deputy chief of infrastructure, lost his son Kadin to leukemia in 2006. The loss of his son was devastating and the road to recovery began when Gazzaway finally realized he needed to seek help. (courtesy photo) Storytellers: Team Pete Airman's tragic loss exemplifies resiliency
After getting orders overseas to Korea, Tech. Sgt. Billy Gazzaway was missing his family, as anyone would. Far away from his family, he received the horrible news that his 4-year-old-son, who had already been diagnosed, treated and was in remission for leukemia, had relapsed.By the time Gazzaway made it back to his family almost two weeks later,
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2015
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Airman 1st Class Keshia Corpuz, 21st Force Support Squadron fitness specialist, earned her degree in journalism from Arizona State University and fell in love with photography and videography. It was while she was in college that her passion for telling a story through film began and grew.  (Courtesy photo by Keshia Corpuz) Focusing on emotion though her lens
Many parents tell their young children they can be whatever they want when they grow up, but how realistic is that? It's not always as easy as simply wanting something to happen or a dream to come true for it to be a reality. For Airman 1st Class Keshia Corpuz, the route she took on her way to achieve her dream was not what she had hoped.Her dream
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2015
Tom Tom Echelmeyer, just 4 years old, was an Airman for a Day in March 2014 after going through treatment for leukemia. For his father, Tech. Sgt. Thomas Echelmeyer, 21st Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineering flight NCO in charge, and their family, the event demonstrated how the support of fellow Airman can make tough times a little less stressful. (courtesy photo) Storytellers: Family isn't always blood
People like routines, schedules and structure, especially in the military. Change can sometimes be unwelcome and overwhelming, particularly if it's a sudden, drastic change due to an illness.For Tech. Sgt. Thomas Echelmeyer, 21st Aerospace Medicine Squadron, that's exactly what happened. His son, Tom Tom, was diagnosed with leukemia just before his
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