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Egress Training

U.S. Air Force Reynaldo Gutierrez, Aircrew Flight Equipment Instructor, 12th Operations Support Squadron, goes over a T-6A Texan II ejection seat during egress training, Oct. 24, 2013, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/Released)
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Posted: 2/3/2014

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

Torch Magazine Backcover Fall 2013Torch Magazine  ...
Torch Magazine Backcover Fall 2013

Torch Magazine Backcover Fall 2013
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Posted: 10/23/2013

Torch Magazine Cover Fall 2013Torch Magazine  ...
Torch Magazine Cover Fall 2013

Torch Magazine Cover Fall 2013
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Posted: 10/23/2013

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

FIRE! MAINTAINERS’ TRAINING, INSTINCT SAVE B-52H BOMBER, AIRCREWFIRE!  ...
FIRE! MAINTAINERS’ TRAINING, INSTINCT SAVE B-52H BOMBER, AIRCREW

Five heroic maintainers, led by Airman 1st Class Elias Delarosa (front), acted quickly by evacuating the aircrew and controlling the fire until the Barksdale Fire Department arrived. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Micaiah Anthony/ Released)
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Posted: 10/23/2013

Torch Magazine Cover Mar/Apr 2004Torch Magazine  ...
Torch Magazine Cover Mar/Apr 2004

Torch Magazine Cover Mar/Apr 2004
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Posted: 10/23/2013

TOY HELICOPTER SCALPS, KILLS MANTOY HELICOPTER  ...
TOY HELICOPTER SCALPS, KILLS MAN

Roman Pirozek Jr., shown here in a photo posing with a model helicopter, died when his toy crashed into his head. (from his Facebook page)
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Posted: 10/23/2013

A GOOD FITA GOOD FIT
A GOOD FIT

Once the straps are adjusted in a “V,” buckle them. The straps should be snug but not too tight. Adjust until you can put no more than two fingers between the strap and your chin. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong)
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Posted: 10/23/2013

A GOOD FITA GOOD FIT
A GOOD FIT

The straps should meet and form a “V” right under each earlobe. To check this, form a “V” with two fingers around your ear. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong)
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Posted: 10/23/2013

A GOOD FITA GOOD FIT
A GOOD FIT

With the helmet level on your head, you should see the very edge or rim of your helmet when you look up past your eyebrows. This is about two finger widths above your eyebrow. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong)
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Posted: 10/23/2013

AIRMAN FOUND GUILTY OF INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTERAIRMAN FOUND  ...
AIRMAN FOUND GUILTY OF INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER

SHEPPARD AFB AIRMAN FOUND GUILTY OF INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER IN DEATH OF BASE CIVILIAN EMPLOYEE. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong)
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Posted: 10/23/2013

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

Col. James L. Fisher, AETC director of safetyCol. James L.  ...
Col. James L. Fisher, AETC director of safety

Col. James L. Fisher, AETC director of safety
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Posted: 10/23/2013

GEN. EDWARD A. RICE JR.GEN. EDWARD A.  ...
GEN. EDWARD A. RICE JR.

Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr, Commander, Air Education and Training Command (USAF photo)
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Posted: 7/16/2013

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  ...
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  ...
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

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  ...
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!

When water got into battery contacts that were already corroded, Spence’s machine would no longer start! (U.S. Air photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/Released)
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Posted: 7/12/2013

    

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