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  • Two ordinary Airmen become heroes

    On a Saturday afternoon, two Airmen were in downtown Sumter at brunch when a woman meandered in. Following a few trying encounters of her yelling at the waitresses, this woman pushed past the Airmen and took her emotions elsewhere.
  • One Airman’s commitment to Air Force heritage, reflection

    On Oct. 1 this same Airmen, Staff Sgt. Daniel Caraglio, 20th Medical Group mental health technician, was named Military Citizen of the Year by the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce. An honor that came as a surprise to him, but definitely not to those that have served beside him.
  • SC service members take on GAFPB competition

    Adrenaline courses through veins and bare toes grasp onto wet tiles as nearly 200 service members encircle a swimming pool, awaiting their chance to prove themselves.
  • I think therefore I Airman

    For years, humanity has wrestled with ideas that seem unsolvable: Are there moral absolutes? What is justice? What defines beauty? Perhaps these questions are unsolvable, but through constant questioning came philosophy— the study of basic questions involving existence, reality and values.
  • Dentist’s chair to deployment

    Maintaining proper oral hygiene is vital for service members. Not keeping up with one’s teeth can prevent Airmen from deploying to an overseas installation to accomplish continuing operations.
  • Shaw rolls out AF civilian appraisal system

    The Civilian Personnel Office hosted a Civilian Appraisal System brief at the Shaw Theatre here, Feb. 7.The brief, open to all Team Shaw civilians and their supervisors, identified the “New Beginnings” appraisal system being rolled out Air Force-wide April 1.“The system won’t affect the active duty populace because it’s a civilian-based system,”
  • Airmen of steel

    Dragging a hefty piece of aluminum to his work bench, an Airman kick starts his day of molding the elements. Donning his protective face mask, he prepares for flying metal shavings and scorching conditions.Airmen assigned to the 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron metals technology laboratory are tasked with ensuring broken gear and tool parts such
  • SEAD proves vital piece to Red Flag puzzle

    It takes numerous pieces of all shapes and sizes to complete the puzzle of an Air Tasking Order during Red Flag at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. One such piece to the puzzle would be suppression of enemy air defenses which has been around since the days of the Wild Weasels. “The suppression of enemy air defenses means eliminating, avoiding, and
  • Team Shaw member finds positivity in darkest moments

    A pink ribbon of text permanently adorned on her arm reminds her of who she is: a survivor.After finding a lump in her right breast in 2009, Jenyfer Johnson, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron hazardous material and waste manager, battled breast cancer for the better part of a year. Now after being free of cancer for five years, Jenyfer is officially in
  • 3 pillars of mission readiness: Job knowledge

    Editor's note: This is part three of a three-part series on three essential keys to maintaining mission readiness."Excellence in all we do" is one of the core values Airmen live by. It can be applied to everything Airmen do, especially their job."It's important to learn your job now so you are ready to perform your duties while you are deployed,"