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Dan met Suzanne at church while attending the University of Central Arkansas. “She saw my son and he saw her and sparks flew,” Dan Wassom Sr. said. The couple had been married for nearly a decade before the tornado tore them apart. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

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Sifting through the rubble, locals were devastated by the EF-4 tornado that ripped through the small town of Vilonia. The twister destroyed 50 of the 56 homes in the Wassom’s subdivision and took the lives of 16 people. Among the things recovered in the debris were the Wassom’s beloved cat and two dogs — one of which turned up a month later. All three pets miraculously survived. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

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Sydney, 7, and Lorelai, 5, draws chalk messages to their deceased father, Master Sgt. Daniel r. Wassom II. Daniel and Pamela Wassom, parents of Master Sgt. Daniel R. Wassom II, tell the story of the one night that changed their life forever. Late one night a tornado in Vilonia, Ark., not only destroyed their son’s neighborhood. It took the life of their son, April 27, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/ released)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

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Sydney, 7, and Lorelai, 5, draws chalk messages to their deceased father, Master Sgt. Daniel r. Wassom II. Daniel and Pamela Wassom, parents of Master Sgt. Daniel R. Wassom II, tell the story of the one night that changed their life forever. Late one night a tornado in Vilonia, Ark., not only destroyed their son’s neighborhood. It took the life of their son, April 27, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong)
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Posted: 9/18/2014

MISSING DANMISSING DAN
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Sydney, 7, and Lorelai, 5, draws chalk messages to their deceased father, Master Sgt. Daniel r. Wassom II. Daniel and Pamela Wassom, parents of Master Sgt. Daniel R. Wassom II, tell the story of the one night that changed their life forever. Late one night a tornado in Vilonia, Ark., not only destroyed their son’s neighborhood. It took the life of their son, April 27, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong)
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Posted: 9/18/2014

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Daniel Wassom, father of Master Sgt. Daniel R. Wassom II, tells stories of spending time rebuilding the 1934 Ford Coupe with his son. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/ Released)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

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Dan Sr. and Pam are thankful for the generous outpouring they received. “I didn’t have to cook for a week,” Pam said. “Complete strangers sent us several packages and money, all of which we handed over to Suzanne. One friend even set up a fund that raised $63,000 for Bud’s family.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/ Released)
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Posted: 9/3/2014

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Pamela Wassom, mother of Master Sgt. Daniel R. Wassom II, holds her son’s flight jacket recovered from Master Sgt. Wassom’s destroyed home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/ Released)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

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Daddy’s girls through and through, Sydney (left) and Lorelai loved to take walks in the park with their dad, Master Sgt. Dan “Bud” Wassom II. The girls had their lives turned upside down when a tornado hit Vilonia, Ark., April 27, destroying their home and taking their daddy’s life. (photo illustration by David M. Stack)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

Maj. Gen. Kurt F. Neubauer, Air Force Chief of SafetyMaj. Gen. Kurt F. Neubauer, Air Force Chief of Safety
Maj. Gen. Kurt F. Neubauer, Air Force Chief of Safety

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Kurt F. Neubauer, Air Force Chief of Safety, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., participates in an interview in support of mishap prevention within the U.S. Air Force, Mar. 11, 2014, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/ Released)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

NINE FEET TO AGONYNINE FEET TO AGONY
NINE FEET TO AGONY

Van Elsberg spent months in a cast after a complicated foot surgery and a long recovery period. (photo by Karen Van Elsberg)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

NINE FEET TO AGONYNINE FEET TO AGONY
NINE FEET TO AGONY

An orthopedic surgeon with Southern Bone and Joint in Dothan, Ala., Dr. David Alford shows the damage done to Bob Van Elsberg's heel after a fall from a ladder. Van Elsberg spent months in a cast. (photo by Bob Van Elsberg)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

NINE FEET TO AGONYNINE FEET TO AGONY
NINE FEET TO AGONY

While cleaning his gutters, an Air Force retiree fell off his ladder. (photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Sy Pinthong / Dave Stack)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

OF BIKES AND BRAINS - Driving a motorcycle while drunk shattered an Airman’s skull and wrecked his careerOF BIKES AND BRAINS - Driving a motorcycle while drunk shattered an Airman’s skull and wrecked his career
OF BIKES AND BRAINS - Driving a motorcycle while drunk shattered an Airman’s skull and wrecked his career

Tech. Sgt. Mark Hopkins has loved motorcycles his whole life, but on May 27, 2012, he was involved in a motorcycle accident that nearly ended his life. Blood tests showed Hopkins, from Grand Forks AFB, N.D., had a blood alcohol level about twice the legal limit when the accident occurred and was wearing a helmet not approved by the Department of Transportation. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 10/24/2013

THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER - Man has deadly reaction to black widow biteTHE ITSY BITSY SPIDER - Man has deadly reaction to black widow bite
THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER - Man has deadly reaction to black widow bite

A black widow, with its distinctive red hourglass markings, is America’s most recognizable spider … and one of its most dangerous. (Courtesy photo by Ryan Wunsch/Released)
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Posted: 10/23/2013

SEVEN! (Update) Group of Airmen conquers tallest peaks on every continentSEVEN! (Update) Group of Airmen conquers tallest peaks on every continent
SEVEN! (Update) Group of Airmen conquers tallest peaks on every continent

After practicing ice climbing techniques, members of the USAF 7 Summits Challenge team pose on the Khumbu Glacier at Everest Base Camp, Nepal (17,500ft). April 2013. (Courtesy photo) From L-R: Capt Marshall Klitzke, SSgt Nick Gibson, Maj Malcolm Schongalla, Capt Megan Harkins, Maj Rob Marshall, Capt Kyle Martin, Capt Colin Merrin, Capt Heidi Kent, Capt Andrew Ackles.
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Posted: 10/23/2013

SLIDING INTO HYPOTHERMIASLIDING INTO HYPOTHERMIA
SLIDING INTO HYPOTHERMIA

With the girl dying from hypothermia, White (center) had to work fast, not only to get her body temperature up but to administer CPR after she stopped breathing twice. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 10/23/2013

SLIDING INTO HYPOTHERMIASLIDING INTO HYPOTHERMIA
SLIDING INTO HYPOTHERMIA

To beat the summer heat, locals flock to a popular swimming hole at University Falls in a remote canyon of the Sierra foothills near Beale AFB, Calif. Area emergency services have responded to a dramatic increase in rescues from the isolated location in recent years. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 10/23/2013

LESSONS I LEARNED AT UNIVERSITY FALLSLESSONS I LEARNED AT UNIVERSITY FALLS
LESSONS I LEARNED AT UNIVERSITY FALLS

Maj. Jaesin White, commander of the 940th Logistics Readiness Squadron, a Reserve unit at Beale AFB, California saves teenager’s life at remote California waterfall. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 10/23/2013

NIGHT FLYING MISSIONS VS MEXICAN FREE-TAILED BATSNIGHT FLYING MISSIONS VS MEXICAN FREE-TAILED BATS
NIGHT FLYING MISSIONS VS MEXICAN FREE-TAILED BATS

Located about 11 miles northwest of Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, is the true “bat cave.” Bracken Cave nests millions of migratory Mexican free-tailed bats from March to October and is the largest bat and mammalian colony on earth. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Samuel Benedet/Released)
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Posted: 10/23/2013

NIGHT FLYING MISSIONS VS MEXICAN FREE-TAILED BATSNIGHT FLYING MISSIONS VS MEXICAN FREE-TAILED BATS
NIGHT FLYING MISSIONS VS MEXICAN FREE-TAILED BATS

Bats are natural enemies of night-flying insects — and aircraft. The millions of Mexican free-tailed bats at Bracken Bat Cave in Texas eat up to 200 tons of insects nightly, resulting in 20 to 40 feet of guano lying on the cavern floor. The waste goes through a process of natural decomposition aided by guano beetles and decomposing microbes. As a result, guano contains powerful decomposing microbes, which help control soil-borne diseases. Confederate soldiers even mined bat guano for saltpeter to make gunpowder. The U.S. Government at one time even offered free land to those who found guano deposits and made it available to the public.
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Posted: 10/23/2013

NIGHT FLYING MISSIONS VS MEXICAN FREE-TAILED BATSNIGHT FLYING MISSIONS VS MEXICAN FREE-TAILED BATS
NIGHT FLYING MISSIONS VS MEXICAN FREE-TAILED BATS

The majority of the bats in Bracken Cave are females nursing their babies, so every evening during these months they emerge between 6 and 8 p.m. to feed. Because of the sheer volume of these tiny winged creatures, base training aircraft can find themselves battling the bats for airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samuel Benedet/Released)
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Posted: 10/23/2013

MEMORIAL DAY MIRACLE - Alone in the middle of a lake in a foreign country, a man with  a busted jet ski has to figure out how to get to shore ... alive!MEMORIAL DAY MIRACLE - Alone in the middle of a lake in a foreign country, a man with  a busted jet ski has to figure out how to get to shore ... alive!
MEMORIAL DAY MIRACLE - Alone in the middle of a lake in a foreign country, a man with a busted jet ski has to figure out how to get to shore ... alive!

Miles from shore, Robert Spence had to make it to land by swimming — with his broken jet ski in tow. (U.S. Air photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/Released)
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Posted: 7/12/2013

MEMORIAL DAY MIRACLE - Alone in the middle of a lake in a foreign country, a man with  a busted jet ski has to figure out how to get to shoshore ... alive!MEMORIAL DAY MIRACLE - Alone in the middle of a lake in a foreign country, a man with  a busted jet ski has to figure out how to get to shoshore ... alive!
MEMORIAL DAY MIRACLE - Alone in the middle of a lake in a foreign country, a man with a busted jet ski has to figure out how to get to shoshore ... alive!

An avid fan of water sports, Spence spends many days at lakes enjoying his jet ski. But all that experience didn’t help when he lost his focus and let his guard down. (U.S. Air photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/Released)
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Posted: 7/12/2013

    

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