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Ethan Hoffman sits in the crew chief seat of a C-130H Hercules aircraft here next to Maj. Brian Hodor, a pilot with the 757th Airlift Squadron, shortly after taxiing down the runway June 24, 2015. Twelve-year-old Ethan was sworn in as an honorary second lieutenant as he became the 910th Airlift Wing’s 62nd Pilot for a Day, receiving a day of military experiences and mementos. Ethan was selected for the program by Akron Children’s Hospital in Boardman where he is treated for Bartter Syndrome, a rare kidney disease he has had since birth. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White) Pilot for a Day program leaves lasting impact
Sixteen years ago, the 910th Airlift Wing hosted its first Pilot for a Day (PFAD) program. Since then, more than 60 children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses have come to Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio for a day of star-treatment in military fashion.
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A group of young air show spectators look on as the United States Air Force Thunderbirds prepare for takeoff May 18, 2014, here. The Thunderbirds came to Youngstown Air Reserve Station to perform at the 2014 Thunder Over the Valley Air Show May 17 and 18. U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White Beyond entertainment, the thunder is profound
When I was about seven years old, my cousin and I climbed the ladder on the back of my grandparents' RV to get a better view of the Cleveland International Air Show. A photographer saw us perched there, binoculars to our eyes, enthusiasm on our faces, the American flag waving in the background (my grandpa, a prior Service member, made sure the
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Default Air Force Logo Knowledge, education key to success
Have you ever stopped to think about the price of learning? Technical training in the civilian world can be expensive. Civilian trade schools can cost in upwards of $35,000. In the Air Force, learning is your job, so your education is free. Men and women who enlist in the Air Force today immediately begin receiving a paycheck, with benefits, to the
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FORT DIX, N.J. -- Air Force students attending Contingency Skills Training make their way through a Combat First Aid training exercise here Nov. 14, 2006.  Each of the students attending the CST in November will deploy to locations within the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility sometime during the next year. Contingency Skills Training prepares Airmen for deployment
Last summer I had the opportunity to volunteer for a deployment as part of AEF 5/6. The AFRC/PA Resource Manager at the time gave me a chance to pick from a list of about a dozen deployment locations, but one stood out to me as a place where I could really test myself--as a military journalist, and as a mentor for younger Airmen. The location I
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