Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Waddington, left, and Capt. Kristie Twining pose aboard NOAA’s Gulfstream IV-SP during a hurricane surveillance flight Aug. 5. (Paul Flaherty)
In repeated 12-hour shifts last month, Capt. Kristie Twining and Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Waddington braced themselves as they flew into Hurricane Florence.
The hurricane hunter pilots, serving with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), flew nine missions in an effort to pinpoint the hurricane's path. This month, they returned to the sky for similar missions tracking Hurricane Michael, which made landfall Wednesday near Tyndall AFB, outside of Panama City, Florida.
The pilots, who in August became NOAA's first all-female hurricane hunter team, will continue to investigate hurricanes and tropical storms through November, the official end to hurricane season.
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Second lady Karen Pence, the mother of a Marine, is pledging her assistance to increase employment opportunities for military spouses, whom she praised as critical to military readiness.
“Military spouse employment is a very important aspect of a strong and resilient military family,” she said during a Tuesday speech at the national meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in Washington, D.C. “Our spouses these days, they don't just want a job, they want a career. They work very hard to get their degrees and they want to be able to use them and they want to be fulfilled.”
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Maj. Gen. Sidney Shachnow, a Holocaust survivor who went on to join the United States Army and become an iconic Special Forces leader, died Friday at age 83.
Shachnow, a MOAA Life Member who had been a guest speaker at Sandhills Chapter meetings in North Carolina, began his 40-year military career as a private. He is part of the Commando Hall of Honor and the honor roll in the Infantry Officers' Hall of Fame, and has received the United States Operations Medal for outstanding contribution to special operations.
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Twelve boys rode their bicycles to a cave June 23 in Thailand. Dropping their bikes at its mouth, they followed their 25-year-old soccer coach on a team-building exercise. But heavy rains partially flooded the cave system, forcing the group to retreat further inside for higher ground. Eventually, they were trapped in Tham Luang Nang Non, a cave that rescuers didn't quite understand.
As information about the structure of the cave trickled in, rescuers were challenged to devise a rescue plan for a dark space, parts of which are no bigger than a man's rib cage. The Thai government called the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command for help. Here's how the Air Force's 320th Special Tactics Squadron led U.S. efforts in the
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