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  • SOBERING FACTS

    The average person metabolizes alcohol at the rate of about one drink per hour. Only time will sober a person up. Drinking strong coffee, exercising or taking a cold shower will not help. Almost every 90 seconds, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.  Every day in America, another 27 people die as a result of drunk
  • Falcon in a Fix - Pilot Saves Aircraft, Student, Self

    When an F-16 Fighting Falcon flight control stick stopped responding to a student pilot’s input while in flight, it was up to the instructor pilot to get the aircraft, the student and himself home safely.Capt. George Normandin, 56th Fighter Wing Command Post chief, met the challenge by taking control of the crippled jet and guiding it to a safe
  • Airmen Rescue Injured Hiker

    Four Air Education and Training Command Airmen here rescued a 36-year-old rock climber Sept. 20 near Priest Lake, Idaho, after she suffered injuries to her face, lower leg and foot.Ammi Midstokke had just summited the west side of Chimney Rock and was making her way across the Talus Fields on the afternoon of Sept. 19 when her leg became trapped. A
  • Aircraft Malfunction, Insufficient Training Lead to KC-135 Crash, Three Fatalities

    An aircraft malfunction and the aircrew’s insufficient training to handle such an in-flight emergency are among the factors that contributed to the May 3, 2013, crash of a KC-135 Stratotanker in the Kyrgyz Republic, according to the recently released Air Force accident investigation board report.All three crewmembers — Capt. Mark Tyler Voss, 27, of
  • AETC Helps Air Force Safety Post Record Year

    Air Force-wide the service had its lowest ground mishap fatality rate in 10 years and safest aviation year ever in fiscal 2014. Air Education and Training Command did its part to contribute to those historical declines by posting fatality and major aircraft mishap rates even lower than the Air Force’s record-setting numbers.On the ground safety
  • Mishap Prevention's Top Advocates for 2014

    With the Air Force recording its safest year ever, Air Education and Training Command’s director of safety singled out some in the command who were a major force in making that happen. The following units and individuals earned recognition as AETC’s top achievers in safety for fiscal 2014. • To Promote Safety (TOPS) Trophy: 82nd Training Wing,
  • Officers Rescue Infant Mother Dies in Crash with Tractor-Trailer

    Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, officers rescued an 8-month-old baby girl from a wrecked single cab pickup at the intersection of South Bryant Boulevard and South Jackson Street Oct. 9.On their way to morning physical training, 2nd Lts. Andrew Lim and Emily Bohnenkamp, 315th Training Squadron students, spotted a tractor-trailer in the middle of
  • Airman Saves Man from Burning Building

    An off-duty Air Force cop rescued a disabled man from a burning home Nov. 3.Senior Airman Christopher Taylor, assigned to 802nd Security Forces Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, was getting ready for work when someone banged on his door.“I went to see what the commotion was about and saw that it was my neighbor from across the street,”
  • Jeers

    I hate to rain on the parade, but 2nd Lt. Stephen Hunter probably should have been punished for his binge drinking escapade, not awarded a commission (“Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Fall 2014 Torch, cover story). I thought after all the recent negative press and discipline problems that the Air Force Academy had stiffened its standards. But I guess
  • Cheers

    Dear 2nd Lt. Stephen Hunter: Thank you for being brave enough to share your painful story (“Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Fall 2014 Torch, page 8). As a teenager growing up in Alaska, I drank a lot and did dangerous things. What happened to you could have easily happened to me — many times.When I became a police officer in my early 20s, I stopped
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