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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cesar Ventura, left, a 35th Fighter Wing inspector general vertical inspections planner, and Japan Air Self-Defense Force Warrant Officers Junji Miura, center, the 3rd Air Wing command chief, and Tsuyoshi Endo, right, the former 6th Air Defense Missile Group chief and Senior Noncommissioned Officer Association president, discuss plans to celebrate Endo's retirement next month with a small family gathering during a "tea time" meeting in the 3rd AW's headquarters at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Feb. 14, 2018. Ventura's deep understanding of his host nation's language and culture cemented him relationships with two life-long friends who now consider him, "like family." (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton) More than allies: Immigrant Airman forges intercultural friendships
An intelligence analyst by day and cultural envoy by night, U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cesar Ventura grew up one of four siblings of a Hispanic immigrant family in Los Angeles, California. He now serves as a vertical inspections planner with the 35th Fighter Wing’s Inspector General’s office. In this capacity, he organizes, trains and oversees the Wing Inspector General’s Inspection Team. It’s not this job, though, that earned him respect among his Japanese counterparts.
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Airman drummer beats adversity with style Airman drummer beats adversity with style
Those who know him would normally describe him as soft-spoken and reserved, but life was and is anything but quiet for this musically-inclined Airman.Since birth Airman 1st Class Kyle Henaire’s parents believed he was destined to have an instrument in his hands.“When he was an infant, we took him in for his six-month checkup and the doctors told us
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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks with Airman 1st Class Jeremy Daniels, 35th Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, during his Pacific Air Forces’ immersion tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 9, 2017. Wright toured various work centers, focusing his visit on innovative Airmen who contribute to the overall growth of the Air Force. He also sat with Airmen and NCO’s to learn more about their concerns about the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman) 18th CMSAF ventures to Misawa to listen, encourage
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright spoke with 35th Fighter Wing Airmen addressing their concerns and critical roles in the Indo-Asia-Pacific during his theater immersion tour, June 9.
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kelly Coats, a 35th Operations Support Squadron airfield manager, poses for a photo on the flight line at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 25, 2017. In her capacity, Coats cares for the maintenance of runways, lighting and other airfield components and systems, and helps ensure all takeoffs and landings can proceed without incident. When she’s not working, she’s drawing the base’s comic strip, “Airmanitis.” Coats’ art is her escape from reality lending to her resiliency as a warfighter in the Pacific theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton) Airman finds resiliency through art
The dust whips across the street as she makes her way home from the library. Sweat drips from her brow as the hot, California sun shoos her inside.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Patryk Myko Dela Cruz, a 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron mission generation vehicle equipment maintenance technician, plays a guitar at Misawa City, Japan, April 8, 2017. Dela Cruz played guitar for the base chapel at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, which is where he learned of the Leaders Encouraging Airmen Development program. After talking with his leadership, he was able to apply for the program, ultimately getting accepted. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert) Airman aims high, achieves life dreams
There are hundreds of thousands of active duty Airmen in the enlisted force; only 85 are accepted into the Leaders Encouraging Airmen Development program each year. This program is a continuous effort to give the nation's best and brightest enlisted Airmen the opportunity to further excel with appointments to the United States Air Force Academy.
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