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  • A servant’s heart

    Timothy Falcone, Grand Canyon University clinical lab instructor and health professional, took the plunge and commissioned February 24, 2021, to become a Reserve Citizen Airmen with the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. His journey to this new life adventure began late September 1981 in Okinawa, Japan.
  • Paying it forward

    Master Sgt. Romeo Farinacci, 944th Airman & Family Readiness Center non-commissioned officer in charge, joined the Air Force in 1998 initially as an electronic warfare apprentice but when an opportunity came up for him to become an airborne system engineer on an RC-135, Rivet Joint, he took it.
  • Aviation Resource Management – Keeping flying squadrons on track

    Master Sgt. Adam Raley, a native of Florida, first started his military journey in the U.S. Army as an enlisted artillery soldier in 1994. After 11 years of service he decided that it was time for change. Following a short stint working as a contractor overseas, Raley found his opportunity to continue serving his country.
  • EOD Senior NCO mentors Airmen from experience

    “In real life, you have to apply whatever lessons life gives you to what other people might be going through.” This is the guiding philosophy for Master Sgt. Matthew Patnaude, 944th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight chief. A soft spoken man with years of deployment experience, Patnaude lives his daily life sharing his knowledge and experience to help mentor others.
  • Recruiting a next generation fighter pilot

    Soaring through the sky is a dream for many children, especially those who grow up surrounded by the roar of jet engines. For 17-year-old Tristan Dowse, a recent high school graduate, living in the west valley of Phoenix, Arizona has made him one of those young dreamers. He’s spent his entire childhood watching fighter aircraft rip above the desert, day and night. That atmosphere has strongly influenced his vision for his future.
  • Leading medical personnel during unprecedented times

    As demand for medical personnel has increased in response to COVID-19, so has the need for solid leadership. Lt. Col. Robert Barth, previously the 944th Medical Squadron deputy commander, was unexpectedly asked to step into the role of interim commander for the 944th MDS, April 16.
  • Cardiologist’s proudest accomplishment is serving country

    As an infant in 1969, Beshai and his family came to America from Egypt in pursuit of better opportunities. His father wanted him to go to college and pursue a career, but Beshai had a growing desire to serve and give back to the country that offered him and his family opportunities as immigrants.
  • Introducing Jessica Maldonado, 944th Fighter Wing Airman & Family Readiness Center director

    Introducing Jessica Maldonado, 944th Fighter Wing Airman & Family Readiness Center director. Meet the director of the A&FRC and what their office is responsible for.
  • Building resilience from Kenya to America

    Being born and raised in Kenya comes with its own unique challenges. Senior Airman Rael Rotich overcame those obstacle and continues to make great strides in her life in order to reach her ultimate goals, here in America.
  • Forging the future with past wisdom

    Jessica Johnson, 944th Fighter Wing historian, is the wing’s first full-time historian whose primary responsibility is to advise the commander and his staff on historical issues as they pertain to current decision making.
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