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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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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/ Not released)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

MISSING DANMISSING DAN
MISSING DAN

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/ Not released)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

MISSING DANMISSING DAN
MISSING DAN

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/ Not released)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

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MISSING DAN

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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Pamela and Daniel Wassom, parents of Master Sgt. Daniel R. Wassom II, hold their son’s flight jacket. Despite the muddy condition, the jacket was cleaned and salvageable. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/ Released)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

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MISSING DAN

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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MISSING DAN

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

BIRDS TAKE OUT T-38CBIRDS TAKE OUT  ...
BIRDS TAKE OUT T-38C

A T-38C Talon crashed two miles south of Sheppard AFB, Texas, after a bird strike shattered its canopy and sent fragments from the canopy into the number two engine, causing catastrophic failure. The loss of the aircraft cost nearly $8 million. (U.S. Air Force Photo)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

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

G, LET ME THINKG, LET ME THINK
G, LET ME THINK

U.S. Air Force Maj. Benjamin Schill, 149th Fighter Wing F-16 pilot, works out at his unit, 14 July, 2014, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/ Not released)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stephen Frank, instructor pilot, 559 Flying Training Squadron, does squats followed by a military press, 16 July, 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

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stephen Frank, instructor pilot, 559 Flying Training Squadron, does slow control decline sit-ups, 16 July, 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

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G, LET ME THINK

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stephen Frank, instructor pilot, 559 Flying Training Squadron, uses a Swiss ball with his crunches, 16 July, 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

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G, LET ME THINK

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stephen Frank, instructor pilot, 559 Flying Training Squadron, performs leg press to build up his quads and lower muscle groups, 16 July, 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

TORCH 2013 CALENDAR (NOVEMBER PHOTO)TORCH 2013  ...
TORCH 2013 CALENDAR (NOVEMBER PHOTO)

Torch 2013 Calendar (November photo) - C-17 Globemaster III (photo by Tech. Sgt. Samuel Bendet)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

HAIR-RAISINGHAIR-RAISING
HAIR-RAISING

After being in a coma for nearly a month and spending 43 days in the hospital, Hopkins recovery was far from over. He has endured months of grueling physical therapy and had to have his shattered skull hardened with titanium. (Courtesy photo/Hopkins)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

SNAKEBIT BY LAWNMOWERSNAKEBIT BY  ...
SNAKEBIT BY LAWNMOWER

A 27-year-old senior airman mowed over his left foot while trying to avoid a snake slithering through his yard. The lawnmower blade sliced through his fourth toe, partially amputating it. The Airman had been wearing sandals at the time of the accident. (photos by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

CATCH OF THE DAYCATCH OF THE DAY
CATCH OF THE DAY

Many fishing hooks have barbs that make them difficult to remove if they embed in an eye. If you or a buddy do catch a hook in the eye, do not try to remove it yourself, as you may cause more damage. Tape the lure to your brow to keep its weight from tugging on your eyeball and get to the nearest hospital immediately. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

AIRMEN SAVE DAD FROM DROWNING ANOTHER DIES IN RIVER ORDEALAIRMEN SAVE DAD  ...
AIRMEN SAVE DAD FROM DROWNING ANOTHER DIES IN RIVER ORDEAL

The Buttahatchee River in Caledonia, Miss., was the scene of a heroic rescue and a tragic drowning May 26. (U.S. Air photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/Released/photo manipulation by David M. Stack)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

Torch Magazine Back Cover Summer 2014Torch Magazine  ...
Torch Magazine Back Cover Summer 2014

Torch Magazine Back Cover Summer 2014
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Posted: 8/29/2014

Torch Magazine Cover Summer 2014Torch Magazine  ...
Torch Magazine Cover Summer 2014

Torch Magazine Cover Summer 2014
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Posted: 8/29/2014

Egress TrainingEgress Training
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

    

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