Staff Sgt. Steven Doty laughs at a joke told by guest speaker Navy Capt. Raymond Benedict during Doty's Soldier's Medal ceremony at Fort Meade, Md. Benedict, the Center for Security Forces commanding officer, nominated Doty to receive the medal for his heroic actions while deployed to Afghanistan.

Above and Beyond

10 March 2014

Combat photographer earns Soldier’s Medal after rescuing crashed helo crew

STS-118 Mission Specialist Alvin Drew Jr. holds a camera as he and Richard Mastracchio and Barbara R. Morgan, both mission specialists, and Expedition 15 Flight Engineer Clayton Anderson work among stowed equipment and an Extravehicular Mobility Unit during the STS-118 / Expedition 15 joint operations.

Path to the Stars

10 February 2014

Retired Air Force colonel and U.S. astronaut achieves dreams beyond the sky

Growing up in Los Angeles, Chief Master Sgt. Jose A. Barraza followed in the footsteps of his parents and became involved in gangs. After multiple run-ins with the law and near-death experiences, he decided to change his life and enlisted in the Air Force. Now the 3rd Wing command chief at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, he uses the game of chess to help tell his story.

Playing The Pawn

6 January 2014

Elmendorf chief shares story of journey from L.A. gang to Air Force leadership

Chief Master Sgt. Paul Koester's 39-year career spanned four wars, 650 static-line jumps and 350 free-fall jumps as a pararescueman. (Courtesy photo/Chief Master Sgt. Paul Koester)

Jump Man

23 December 2013

Oldest active-duty Airman jumps from Vietnam era to present day

Staff Sgt. Anthony Loverde begins a day of work at the 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Loverde, a loadmaster on the C-130J Hercules, is the second person reinstated into the military after the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Back In Blue

8 November 2013

Discharged gay Airman returns to duty