It’s a heart-wrenching job, but Capt. Justin Jacobs diligently works to ensure fallen troops are brought home to their families in noble and respectful measures.
“Without a doubt, the most rewarding part of my job is returning our fallen service members back to the states where they can be reconnected with their loved ones,” Jacobs said. “We provide a dignified transfer for every member coming out of the various areas of responsibility, as well as the European theater to include the remains of those recovered in previous conflicts.”
For his efforts to revamp the Air Force’s training on dignified transfers, Jacobs has earned a prestigious distinction — the Air Mobility Command Company Grade Officer of the Year. He also is recognized for his efforts to reduce delivery time of packages to Africa and eliminating unnecessary steps in cargo-processing procedures.
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Drills buzzed while soldiers lay back, mouths open as dental specialists worked.
In one chair, a soldier relaxed as a dental specialist took X-rays of his molars. In another, a soldier was having his teeth cleaned.
The bustle was just like any dentist office – except these dental specialists worked off generators in tents with traces of sand on the floor.
“This helps our unit with our wartime mission,” said Col. Stacy Larsen, commander of the 257th Dental Company Area Support. “We’re making sure we’re ready for our inherent job to treat patients.”
The company — one of three in the Army — is scheduled to deploy to Kuwait as part of a regular rotation next spring. This week, these soldiers got out of their brick-and-mortar clinics to practice their skills in an austere environment.
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More than 60 years ago, in a move that would cost her a job, Mildred Poole moved to defend education for all children — regardless of their race.
She opened school doors for black children to join classes on Fort Bragg three years before Brown vs. Board of Education would force integration nationwide.
She was fired a few years later.
“I just did what my spirit told me was right and what I knew I had to do,” Poole told The Fayetteville Observer 33 years later. There’s no accounts of harassment Poole may have faced, but old reports said the general at Fort Bragg received a lot of crude telegrams about it.
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