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Oh, Deer!Oh, Deer!
Oh, Deer!

The photos reveal the scrapes where the rider’s helmet struck the asphalt and road rash to the rider’s right wrist, the bottom left photo reveal some of the damage to his prized motorcycle as well as the unfortunate deer, which made it to the tall grass just beyond the side of the road before succumbing to its injuries. (Courtesy photos by Maj. Jason Ross)
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Posted: 10/31/2014

Oh, Deer!Oh, Deer!
Oh, Deer!

The road tells part of the story. The skid marks and scuffs on County Road 85 in Autauga County, Ala., show the results of a May 7 motorcycle-deer collision. (Courtesy photo by Maj. Jason Ross)
Oh, Deer!


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Posted: 10/31/2014

Oh, Deer!Oh, Deer!
Oh, Deer!

Because of his protective equipment and training, Ross survived. He is now the commander of the 35th Maintenance Squadron at Misawa AB, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany J. DeNault/ Released)
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Posted: 10/31/2014

Oh, Deer!Oh, Deer!
Oh, Deer!

A happy Maj. Jason Ross stands in front of his brand new Harley Davidson Road King in July 2013. Little did he know the motorcycle would be totaled less than a year later while he was attending Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, Ala. (Courtesy photo by Maj. Jason Ross)
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Posted: 10/31/2014

Oh, Deer!Oh, Deer!
Oh, Deer!

Using Google Earth, this map shows County Road 85, where Ross’s motorcycle struck the deer and where he, the motorcycle and the deer ended up. In the major’s case, that meant he rolled about 278 feet from the point of impact. (Info Graphic by David Stack)
Oh, Deer!


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Posted: 10/31/2014

Nearly 'Re-tired'Nearly  ...
Nearly 'Re-tired'

A tire blowout that caused a two-ton minivan to veer into her path on Highway 90 near Knippa, Texas, Jan. 2, nearly cost 1st Lt. Laura Jones her life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jimmie D. Pike/ Released)
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Posted: 10/31/2014

Man on WireMan on Wire
Man on Wire

A double amputee, retired Capt. David Berling, a 56th Contracting Squadron contract specialist at Luke AFB, Ariz., lost his legs in a 2007 plane crash. Photos include the aircraft wreckage and Berling still in a coma eight days after the mishap. (Crash photo by Brad Graverson and coma photo by David Berling)
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Posted: 10/31/2014

'Elmer Fudded''Elmer Fudded'
'Elmer Fudded'

A Labrador retriever stepped on a shotgun, accidentally shooting his owner in the rear end and sending him to the emergency room to ask, “What’s up, Doc?” (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/ Released)
'Elmer Fudded'


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Posted: 10/31/2014

Public wants stiffer penalties for texting while drivingPublic wants  ...
Public wants stiffer penalties for texting while driving

Public wants stiffer penalties for texting while driving ... what can you do? (photo illustration by David M. Stack)
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Posted: 10/31/2014

Airmen save couple from flash floodAirmen save  ...
Airmen save couple from flash flood

In video footage that went viral within days after the flood near Creech AFB, Nev., Aug. 4, Airmen can be seen rescuing an elderly couple, who’s Prius became stranded in the floodwaters. In another scene (frames two and three), Airman 1st Class Tyler Webb, who had assisted in the rescue of the couple, had to be saved after he was swept away by the raging waters. (Video footage courtesy of Doug Bennett)
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Posted: 10/31/2014

Torch Magazine Back Cover Fall 2014Torch Magazine  ...
Torch Magazine Back Cover Fall 2014

Torch Magazine Back Cover Fall 2014
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Posted: 10/31/2014

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Torch Magazine Cover Fall 2014

Torch Magazine Cover Fall 2014
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Posted: 10/31/2014

Barking up the wrong treeBarking up the  ...
Barking up the wrong tree

Hunter stays more grounded these days. He is a civil engineer project manager at Goodfellow AFB, Texas, and a member of the Air Force’s 2014 Airman-to-Airman (A2A) Safety Advisory Council. He can be reached at stephen.hunter.8@us.af.mil. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/ Released)
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Posted: 10/31/2014

Barking up the wrong treeBarking up the  ...
Barking up the wrong tree

Second Lt. Stephen Hunter is no longer a “social” climber. He learned his lesson after getting drunk, falling from a tree and breaking 25 bones, including 20 in his back. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/ Released)
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Barking up the wrong treeBarking up the  ...
Barking up the wrong tree

Hunter got all-too-familiar with his wheelchair. Wearing a back brace, casts on both arms and brackets on his right leg, he spent the entire summer confined to his electric ride. (courtesy of Second Lt. Hunter)
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Barking up the wrong treeBarking up the  ...
Barking up the wrong tree

His leg, still swollen and stitched after surgery, will continue to give him problems as he ages. Doctors have said arthritis will undoubtedly be in his future. (courtesy of Second Lt. Hunter)
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Barking up the wrong treeBarking up the  ...
Barking up the wrong tree

X-rays help tell the tale. Hunter fractured his left wrist, driving the broken bone into his carpal tunnel. His right femur snapped in half, and a metal plate still holds the bone together. (courtesy of Second Lt. Hunter)
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Posted: 10/31/2014

MISSING DANMISSING DAN
MISSING DAN

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

MISSING DANMISSING DAN
MISSING DAN

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

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/ 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)
MISSING DAN


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Posted: 9/18/2014

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)
MISSING DAN


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Posted: 9/18/2014

MISSING DANMISSING DAN
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)
MISSING DAN


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Posted: 8/29/2014

MISSING DANMISSING DAN
MISSING DAN

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)
MISSING DAN


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Posted: 9/3/2014

MISSING DANMISSING DAN
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)
MISSING DAN


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Posted: 8/29/2014

MISSING DANMISSING DAN
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)
NINE FEET TO ...


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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)
NINE FEET TO ...


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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)
NINE FEET TO ...


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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)
G, LET ME THINK


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Posted: 9/18/2014

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

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)
G, LET ME THINK


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

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)
G, LET ME THINK


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


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Posted: 8/29/2014

G, LET ME THINKG, LET ME THINK
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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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)
HAIR-RAISING


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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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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)
CATCH OF THE DAY


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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)
AIRMEN SAVE DAD ...


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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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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)
Egress Training


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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

    

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