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  • SECOND-DEGREE MURDER - Airman sentenced to 18 years in drunken-driving death

    Before being labeled a murderer, Lane Wyatt had a different title: Airman first class.Everything before June 29, 2013, the day he killed a 20-year-old woman in a drunk driving accident, was different.Wyatt was born into an Air Force family, moving around from Florida, to Okinawa, then to Oklahoma.“My parents were strict,” said the former airman
  • 'SHOW 'EM WHAT RIGHT LOOKS LIKE' - Commander talks about successfully bringing airpower to fight while reducing risk to life, limb

    He’s responsible for the well-being of more than 60,000 command members and nearly 300,000 students each year — many of them teenagers who still feel bulletproof. And the cold reality is that at some points during his reign, he will lose Airmen under his command … not to war, but to preventable mishaps. That’s enough to keep anyone up late at
  • ATTENTION DEFICIT: Airman had on ‘blinders’ before crash

    I’ll admit it. I’ve taken my eyes off the road to change the radio station, check my hair in the mirror or rummage around my purse for lip balm. I’ve seen others texting while driving or gawking at fender benders. Most of us have read the statistics and heard the slogan “Distracted Driving Is Deadly Driving.” But in all honesty, I never thought it
  • Airmen on Caribou Hunting Trip Save Ice Road Trucker

    A winter hunting trip in the extreme North turned into a lifesaving opportunity in the blink of an eye for two Airmen from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.Nov. 2, 2013, was a cold night, even by Alaska standards: 7-below temperatures with a 35-below wind chill factor. Master Sgts. David Barber and Morgan Cabaniss, 673d Security Forces

    Three Airmen discuss narrowly avoiding ‘dirt naps’ after falling asleep at wheel
  • Sleepless in Seattle

    In 1974 when I was serving with the Coast Guard prior to joining the Air Force, I had just gotten back to Seattle from a 70-day patrol in Alaska on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro. Everyone received four days off — five if you could pay someone to stand your duty on the fifth day. After two months of patrolling the Alaskan coast and the Aleutian
  • Indy 500?

    Gut-wrenching screams, the shattering of glass, and the unforgettable screeching of metal twisting and bending all around me as my truck rolls over and over again.I thought those were going to be my last memories.April 12, 2012, started out like any other Thursday for me in North Judson, Ind. I woke up early enough to take a quick shower and grab
  • Georgia on My Mind

    "I heard a rumbling noise, then silence … then an intense ‘BANG!’ followed by another."Those sounds echoed through Master Sgt. David Louis Ingram Jr.'s ears during a tragic car accident that changed his life forever.While visiting family in southern Georgia on Nov. 3, 2012, Ingram, a weapons safety manager at Langley Air Force Base, Va., was in the
  • BARKING up the WRONG TREE - Officer climbs tree while drunk; falls 40 feet; breaks 25 bones

    Stephen Hunter opened his hazel eyes and blinked at the stars in the night sky. He struggled to breathe, almost as if someone held a pillow over his mouth and nose. As the fog cleared from his brain, he glimpsed worried faces hovering over him. Anxious voices asked confusing questions: "Are you OK?! Can you move your arms and legs?!"He could, but
  • NEARLY 'RE-TIRED' - After blowout causes highway crash, injured instructor pilot flies again

    Covered in her own blood and writhing from a stabbing pain emanating from her left leg, 1st Lt. Laura Jones didn't worry about bleeding to death or losing her mangled limb. The first lucid thought she could recall was whether or not she would be able to return to the cockpit."I was terrified that I'd never be able to fly again," said the T-6 Texan