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  • 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.
  • Serving underserved communities

    Tech. Sgt. Renelle Conner, 944th Medical Squadron dental flight chief and Reserve Citizen Airman, is working toward becoming an orthodontist. A member of the Yakama Native American Nation, in her hometown of Toppenish, Washington, Conner is committed to serving underserved communities.
  • From small town to touring internationally with the F-35

    Growing up in a small town can feel isolating, like there is nothing else out there. This can lead some young men and women to opt to join the armed forces to see the world, be exposed to new opportunities, and to serve their country.
  • Bouncing back: A Reserve Citizen Airman's journey from near homelessness

    As a young man working in a grocery store in 2000, Daniel Faust didn’t realize the ups and downs life had in store for him. But he would soon find out.
  • Family Business: 2 Sisters’ Journey to the top of the Air Force ranks

    Two sisters, Chin Cox and Chi Swanson, have made military life their “family business”. The two have committed to careers in the U.S. Air Force, which has seen them rise through the ranks to both becoming chief master sergeants.
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