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Standing tall: Amputee 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. Four years and many surgeries later, she chose to have the leg amputated.


Welsh: Joint force in excellent shape, but needs resources, prioritization

The joint force is in excellent shape, but leaders must pay attention to it, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III told the Defense Writers Group on June 15 in Washington, D.C.


Torch lighting, honoring Vietnam vets kicks off 2016 Warrior Games

The 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games began June 15 at West Point, New York, 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.


AF recovers data after Automated Case Tracking System outage

After aggressively leveraging all vendor and department capabilities, the Air Force made a full recovery of the Automated Case Tracking System database, the Air Force inspector general system of record for all records related to IG complaints, investigations and appeals.


BLUE: Charlie Mike to Recovery

<iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/C9KxIhShbJo?rel=0" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> <br /> <strong>FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS)</strong> -- Through the fog of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic injuries, and illness, American veterans realize that the ability to regain control of their minds and bodies lies within their own hands.<br /> <br /> These wounded warriors will have a chance to compete in the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games, an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans, which will take place June 15-21 in West Point, New York.<br /> <br /> For more information on the Warrior Games and on the athletes representing the Air Force, click <a href="http://static.dma.mil/usaf/warriorgames_2016/index.html " target="_blank">here</a>.


No limits: Airman pushes past near death experience

Staff Sgt. Sebastiana Lopez Arellano was riding a motorcycle when an animal scurried onto the road, causing her to swerve and hit a curb. As she high-sided over her bike, the momentum catapulted her body into a tree. The impact severed her right leg. As she recovered, she found comfort in sports and fitness. A year after her crash, she competed in the Air Force Trials for wounded warriors and gained confidence by earning invitations to the Invictus and Warrior Games.


A backseat view of combat airstrikes

Throughout the month of May, the air coalition has been able to strike lucrative targets including: logistics lines, command and control and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant financial resources through more than 1,800 strike sorties.


AF Week in Photos

This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.


Beale takes next step in energy resilience

The Defense Logistics Agency and the Air Force released a request for information regarding the pursuit of energy resilience at Beale Air Force Base, California, on June 8.


Carter announces new Force of the Future initiatives

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced two new links of his Force of the Future initiative during remarks delivered at the Pentagon June 9.

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