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Television and movie personality Jon Stewart (left) presents medically retired Air Force Capt. Chris Cochrane the Heart of the Team award during the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games closing ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., June 21, 2016. (DOD photo/EJ Hersom) Retired warrior earns new ‘heart’ award
Retired Air Force Capt. Chris Cochrane earned the newly established Heart of the Team award for this year's Warrior Games taking place June 15-21.This honor is awarded to one member on each team who best exemplifies the camaraderie of the sport. The teams chose who receives the awards and surprises each recipient at the end of the games.Cochrane,
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Alfredo Guerrero sits in front of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency building at Fort Belvoir, Va., on June 10, 2016, where he works as the anti-terrorism program manager. Guerrero was on top of Bldg. 131 of the Khobar Towers complex in Dharan, Saudi Arabia, on June 25, 1996, when he spotted a suspicious large gas truck drive toward the building. When the truck parked and two men jumped out and got into a car that had been following them, Guerrero and two other Airmen immediately began evacuating the building. A short time later the truck exploded, killing 19 Airmen and injuring more than 350 people. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross) 20 years later: Remembering attack on Khobar Towers
Retired Master Sgt. Alfredo Guerrero, a staff sergeant at the time, wasn't supposed to be on top of Bldg. 131 in the Khobar Towers complex in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on the night of June 25, 1996. But as the acting flight sergeant for the military police unit, he was checking on the Airmen who were assigned to sentry posts.Most of the Airmen in the
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Nineteen Airmen died and hundreds were injured in the terrorist attack at Khobar Towers in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on June 25, 1996.  The front of Bldg. 131 was blown off when a fuel truck parked nearby was detonated by terrorists.  (Courtesy photo)

Global Strike historian recalls Khobar Towers tragedy
"Our Nomads have Ceased Their Wandering."  The epitaph, etched into a monument at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, refers to the 33rd Fighter Wing Airmen who lost their lives in a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia.The attack occurred June 25, 1996, at the Khobar Towers complex in Dharan, killing 19 Airmen and injuring more than 350 service members and
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III gathers his emotions during his retirement ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., June 24, 2016. Welsh has served as the 20th chief of staff since 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Joshua L. DeMotts) Air Force bids farewell to Welsh
Stealing a moment of silence, looking into the eyes of his wife, he takes a deep breath and prepares for what's to come.Standing tall and proud, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III walks into a hangar in front of hundreds of onlookers, all there to bid him farewell.After 40 years of service, Welsh retired from the Air Force during a
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Default Air Force Logo Retired AF general becomes head of women’s defense advisory committee
Retired Air Force Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger took office June 15 as the chairperson of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, or DACOWITS, Pentagon officials announced.She succeeds retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Frances C. Wilson.Wolfenbarger was commissioned in 1980 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, beginning her career
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Retired Air Force Capt. Chris Cochrane, left, accepts the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games torch from Navy Lt. Ramesh Haytasingh of the U.S. Special Operations Command team during opening ceremonies at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., June 15, 2016. With Haytasingh is his son, Tobias. (Department of Defense photo/EJ Hersom) Torch lighting, honoring Vietnam vets kicks off 2016 Warrior Games
The 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games began here when Army Capt. Kelly Elmlinger, with help from comedian Jon Stewart, lit the official torch during the event's opening ceremonies at the U.S. Military Academy."Being selected to light the torch is as much an honor and privilege as competing for Team Army," Elmlinger said. "Finishing my
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Heather Carter, an above-knee amputee, runs laps around a track inside the Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., April 13, 2016. Carter, a medically retired senior airman, and other amputees receive physical and occupational therapy at the center as they work toward their goals. One of Carter’s goals is to return to competitive softball. (U.S. Air Force photo/Sean Kimmons) Standing tall: Retired Airmen seek to defy odds in therapy sessions
After a sprint around an indoor track with her prosthetic running blade, Heather Carter stopped, visibly tired. She smiled and began to sprint another lap.The medically retired senior airman once rounded the bases for the Air Force softball team until a freak accident severely injured her left leg as she raced to first base during a game in 2010.
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Default Air Force Logo VA secretary provides relief for veterans with traumatic brain injuries
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald has granted equitable relief to more than 24,000 veterans following a national review of Traumatic Brain Injury medical examinations conducted in connection with disability compensation claims processed between 2007 and 2015.This action by the secretary allows the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Free smoking cessation program for TRICARE beneficiaries
The Freedom Quitline program online offers counseling focused on lifestyle design for TRICARE beneficiaries trying to quit smoking.The Freedom Quitline is a National Institutes of Health-funded research study, co-sponsored by the 59th Medical Wing in San Antonio, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.Lifestyle design is the "process
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Paul Morell, a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, and his son, Dr. Mark Moore, visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., April 30, 2016. Houston Honor Flight was one of many flights to visit the nation’s capital through the Honor Flight Network. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Bryan Franks) WWII vets tour memorial, remember fallen brothers-in-arms
Clouds lingered overhead, as young and old walked around the water fountain at the National World War II Memorial.  A leather-skinned gentleman, standing upright with his shoulders back, strolled arm-in-arm with another man who walked with a slight limp. The two, both with faint smiles on their age-worn faces, reminisced about the war they survived
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