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  • Women's History Month: the right to fight

    What would it be like to be a patriotic American and denied the opportunity to serve in the U.S. military at times of war? And what would it be like to have served honorably in a military capacity, suffer injuries under hostile enemy fire or even lose your life, and not even be recognized as a veteran?In May of 1782, a 22 year-old youngster by the
  • Project Emeritus head retires – for the third time

    After graduating from high school in 1955, the North Carolina teen-ager said he was faced with three career options, and none of them appealed to him.And the fourth, an assignment to the first-ever class of the brand-new Air Force Academy that year was out of reach "because I didn't have the grades in the math and sciences.""I probably could've
  • Volunteers dig up ancient history at Cape

    In the shadow of Delta II boosters being readied for launch carrying the latest in scientific equipment, pieces of ancient history are being plucked from the earth by a small but hardy group of volunteers.Led by Thomas Penders, cultural resource manager for the 45th Space Wing, they are recovering artifacts from some of the earliest inhabitants of
  • Sharks fly with shuttle on return trip

    Nine 45th Operations Group personnel led the Department of Defense charge supporting NASA and helped bring the Space Shuttle Endeavour back to Kennedy Space center during the recent ferry flight of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) and the Shuttle.Detachment 3 is the only unit in the Air Force that coordinates ferry flight operations at DoD
  • Deactivation ends two decades of service on Cape Canaveral

    The Air Force men and women of Detachment 1, 2nd Space Operations Squadron officially handed over responsibility of the Global Positioning System (GPS) Ground Station May 1 at Cape Canaveral to Artic Slope World Services.The transition, part of the Network and Space Operations and Maintenance (NSOM) contract, marks the end of more than 22 years of
  • Security forces school local students

    With all of the reality shows on television, it can be hard to narrow down any one favorite to watch. The channels are lined up with singing, dancing and survival shows.Among these popular shows are the crime scene investigation series such as CSI Miami, Las Vegas and New York. In these shows, the investigators analyze every speck of evidence down
  • Shark in the desert: Airman augments Army in Afghanistan

    Nearly one year ago Staff Sgt. Trisha Scheu, a senior controller in the 45th Space Wing Command Post, heard there was a tasking for a deployment coming down to her office. "It was not specifically tasked to me but I went willingly," she said. "At the time, it wasn't something that came along for our career field too often."She and her co-workers
  • Airmen help local school during move

    Sometimes Sharks can help the smallest fish.Recently members of the 5th and 1st Space Launch Squadrons helped the Space Coast Early Intervention Center (SCEIC) move to a new facility in Melbourne.SCEIC is non-profit preschool designed specifically to support young children challenged with disabilities. Their program consists of placing role models
  • Doing good deeds while deployed

    When Senior Airman Denise Gutierrez found out that she would be deploying, she was excited. "When I first found out, I was very excited," said Airman Gutierrez. "I've been wanting to deploy for the four years since I've been in the Air Force."Airman Gutierrez returned to Patrick last year from a four-month deployment to Manas Air Base in
  • The best thing that could have happened

    (Editor's note: Tech. Sgt. Renee Parry faced a tough challenge when she learned her fitness test results in August. This is her personal account of facing that challenge and the knowledge she gained as a result).Failing my Air Force Fitness Test - the first time in 16 years - was the best thing that happened to me. It probably literally saved my
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