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Once known as a “lost boy,” U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Deng Pour went from surviving the Sudanese civil war to becoming an American airman.
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Photo: Chief Master Sgt. Paul Koester freefalls from a C-17 Globemaster III during Exercise Kiwi Flag over the New Zealand Defence Force Raumai drop zone near Ohakea, New Zealand. Kiwi Flag is a multilateral Royal New Zealand air force sponsored tactical airlift exercise. Koester is the pararescue functional manager for the Battlefield Airmen Branch at Pacific Air Forces at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Denise Johnson)

During basic training in 1974, Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Paul Koester fell in love with the pararescue mission and he’s still committed to its cause 39 years later.
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Photo: A U.S. Airman assigned to the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron jumps from a French SA-330 Puma helicopter into the Gulf of Tadjoura near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, during air-to-water qualification training Oct. 17, 2013. The U.S. and French service members conducted the operation to enhance communication and build a stronger relationship to ensure Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa members were ready to support military operations in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson /Released)

A U.S. airman jumps from a French SA-330 Puma helicopter into the Gulf of Tadjoura near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, during air-to-water qualification training, Oct. 17, 2013.
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Air Force Tech. Sgt. Omar Nurse, a combat weatherman, uses night vision goggles to conduct a weather observation to ensure visibility and climate matches the main weather sensor data at Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder

Decision makers at all levels rely on the Air Force’s 19th Expeditionary Weather Squadron to provide accurate weather forecasts for military operations.
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