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World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Jack Pittman, Jr, taken at Russell Island, July 4, 1943 as he sits in the cockpit of a USMC F4U"CORSAIR"aircraft. TSGT Pittman is an Ace Pilot credited with 7 kills. His hometown is Amarillo, Texas

Former POW and U.S. Air Force TSGT James R. Cook salutes the colors from his stretcher as he is carried from the C-141 aircraft. TSGT Cook was captured on 21 Dec 72 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi 12 Feb 73

Released Prisoner of War, U.S. Air Force TSGT Arthur Neil Black, (Captured 20 Sep 65)) salutes MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander and MGEN Daniel "Chappie" James upon his arrival at Travis Air Force Base. TSGT Black was in the second group released by the North Vietnamese on Feb 12, 1973 in Hanoi

Former POW and U.S. Air Force TSGT Arthur Neil Black (Captured 20 Sep 65) waves to the crowd of well wishers upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. TSGT Black was in the first group of POWs released on 12 Feb 73 by the North Vietnamese government in Hanoi

Control Operator TSGT Ernest Bergmann and Instructor Navigator MAJ Robert Woodrow, left to right, operate the controls of T-45 navigator simulators during training

United States Air Force officers train on T-45 navigator simulators as Instructor Navigator MAJ Robert Woodrow and Control Operator TSGT Ernest Gergmann, left to right, operate the controls of the complex

TSGT Wilkenson and another pararescueman, both of the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard, perform a final check on their equipment prior to a practice rescue mission off the coast of California

TSGT Rick Diaz, an Air Force Audiovisual photographer, takes photographs of a practice rescue mission while he floats in the water. The mission is being conducted by member s of the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard

TSGT Wilkenson waits for a ladder to be put over the side of a boat so he may board to assist an "injured" passenger. He is participating in a practice rescue mission being conducted by the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard, off the coast of California

TSGT Wilkenson, a pararescueman with the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard, makes a final check of his equipment prior to a practice rescue mission in the open ocean

TSGT Wilkenson, of the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard, checks spare equipment during a practice rescue mission

U.S. Air Force combat controller, TSGT Ernest C. Gomez of the 1300th Military Airlift Squadron, monitors a C-130 Hercules aircraft parachute drop made by members of the U.S. Army 193rd Infantry Brigade during an airborne training mission at Venado Drop Zone

TSGT Douglas Childress of the 363rd Air Transportable Hospital (ATH) beautifies the main entrance to the facility. The ATH, a component of the Shaw Air Force Base Hospital, provides medical service for participants of joint services exercise Solid Shield `77

A1C Parker Floyd and TSGT Richard Turner perform routine maintenance on a P-12 pumper at the Solid Shield fire station. Next to the wooden "barn" used to house the fire truck is the tent where the firemen sleep during joint services exercise Solid Shield '77

TSGT Lester Dollar, physical therapy technician, administers an ultraviolet acne treatment to A1C Forrest E. Morgan at the USAF hospital

TSGT Lonnie Shoupe undegoes a whirlpool treatment for a sprained ankle in the physical therapy section of the USAF hospital

TSGT William Bridges, an Air Force security policeman, rushes toward a smoke-enveloped building occupied by a group of "terrorists" holding hostages. He is participating in an anti-terrorist training exercise being conducted by the 1ST Marine Brigade School

TSGT Edward Vasquez corrects a misfire on A1C John R. Thomas' M-16 rifle during an Air Force marksmanship meet

General (GEN) David C. Jones, Air Force chief of staff, and Mrs. Laura Brown present the 1977 Colonel (COL) L. Joseph Brown Award for the top major command social actions program to US Air Force Europe (USAFE) in a ceremony at the Pentagon. Receiving the award are, from left, Lieutenant General (LGEN) John W. Pauly, vice commander in chief, USAFE; COL Chester A. Beverly, chief of social actions, USAFE; and Techincal Sergeant (TSGT) Anthony J. Mills, drug and alcohol abuse control technician, USAFE

Radio Chemistry Technician TSGT Don Bragg is preparing specimens for alpha spectrometry in the Radio Chemistry Laboratory

Radiation Measurement Technician TSGT James Messenger, foreground, calibrates the autogamma radiation counting system and the automated gamma spectrometer at the Radiation Science Laboratory. 2LT Jeffrey Triebel, background, checks background radiation with the instrument panel prior to running radiation sample analysis

TSGT Brad McClain, right, awards five points to a Challenge 79 contestant while MSGT Phil Volz, left, and TSGT Dave McKinney operate the cameras. Challenge 79 is a closed circuit television game show aired at the Strategic Air Command Non-Commissioned Officer Academy

AMN Barry Shaiman and TSGT Dan Hilt visit the Upper Perkimen High School to talk to students about the Air Force. AMN Shaiman is home on a two-week temporary assignment as a recruit helper

Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Robert G. Mynatt waves a cargo loader into the cargo bay of a C-130 Hercules aircraft

Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Robert G. Mynatt ratchets a tiedown strap around a pallet of cargo aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft

Trailing a long intercom cord, Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Robert G. Mynatt supervises engine starting on a C-130 Hercules aircraft

TSGT Curtis Eddings sits on the shoulders of TSGT Michael Daniels to photograph a soldier, who is patrolling the area of the recent assassination of the South Korean president. The photo journalists are assigned to Detachment 6, 1363rd Audiovisual Squadron. Bi-monthly Aerospace Audio Visual Service PHOTO Contest, Color Entry, Jul. 1980, "Team Work"

Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Harman of Detachment 11, 31st Weather Squadron, prepares a weather chart for a wing commander's meeting

TSGT George Hensler, a graphic technician assigned to Detachment 4, 1365th Audiovisual Squadron, works on colored overlays

TSGT Eddie Pinkley, 21st Civil Engineering Squadron, holds a boa constrictor snake that he helped capture in a family housing apartment building. The snake was turned over to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Royal Netherlands Air Force SFC Arie Methorst (right) explains a survival raft to TSGT Nathaniel L. Moore at the parachute shop. The raft belongs to the queen's airplane

TSGT Mike Springer and two of his children look for shells. The family members are silhouetted against the light of the setting sun, reflected from a reef

TSGT Ron Hill tests MAJ Gene Kirby's eyes for his scope of visual field. This is part of an opthalmology test

TSGT James Walker sings the national anthem at the beginning of the Air Force Talent Contest

TSGT Bill Lipham, assigned to the 51st Composite Wing, Osan Air Base, plays with an Amerasian child (the child of a Korean woman and an American serviceman) during a visit to the St. Vincent's Home for Amerasian Children

TSGT Bill Lipham, assigned to the 51st Composite Wing, Osan Air Base, plays with an Amerasian child (the child of a Korean woman and an American serviceman) during a visit to the St. Vincent's Home for Amerasian children

TSGT Bill Lipham, 51st Composite Wing, carries a little Amerasian girl (the daughter of a Korean woman and an American serviceman) during a visit to the St. Vincent's Home for Amerasian Children

TSGT Frank Beaudoin, a member of the 301st Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, is checked by the judges after completing his jump. Beaudoin is participating in Sarex '80, a search and rescue exercise, a joint U.S. and Canadian pararescue exercise

TSGT Bob King and his wife Katy take evening walks and enjoy life together now. Five years ago on April 4, 1975, Katy had a heart transplant

SGT Kevin Wilkinson and TSGT Chester T. Jasik of the 379th Field Maintenance Squadron work on the engine of a B-52H Stratofortress aircraft

TSGT Bob King adjusts the tension on the exercise bicycle his wife is peddling. Katy King would probably be dead today if she had not had a heart transplant on April 4, 1975

Combat controllers, TSGT Juan E. Rodriquez and 2LT Robert B. Stephan prepare to release a weather balloon during Prime Beef, a simulated runway attack exercise

TSGT Mike Fleck, Detachment 3, 1361st Audiovisual Squadron, operates a video camera used in conjunction with an Aerospace Audiovisual Service (AAVS) television van

A combat control team member, TSGT Richard Heins, uses a signal mirror to signal an approaching C-141 Starlifter aircraft that is transporting paratroopers into a drop zone. The airman is a 317th Tactical Air Wing member participating in exercise Reforger '80

Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Gregory C. Packard, a 315th Military Airlift Wing flight engineer, computes fuel usage for a mission involving an all-reserve crew refueling C-141B Starlifter aircraft

TSGT Smith, of the combat control team (CCT), stands by for his high-altitude, low-opening (HALO) jump

TSGT Bunyan Keys and Cubla L. McKinney from the 2048th Communications Squadron, work on the 2048's operating budget

Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Dave Bolton of the 242nd Combat Communications Squadron repairs a teletypewriter destined for a deaf person's home. Personnel from the squadron refurbish and repair donated, condemned, and discarded teletype machines

TSGT Sid McDaniel from the 2048th Communications Squadron briefs A1C Xavier Atterberry on his On-the-Job Training (OJT) responsibilities

From back to front, Ground Controlled Approach (GCA) controllers TSGT Rod Horton, A1C Dawn Noyes and SSGT Steve Medwick monitor radar scopes from a small trailer near the runway

MSGT Dan Lopez and TSGT Gary F. Summerbell, 150th Tactical Fighter Group, load a Mark 82 bomb onto an A-7 Corsair II aircraft during exercise Bright Star '80

MSGT Joe Ross, left, and TSGT John Hartsfield issue C-rations to Air Force personnel for the trip home at the conclusion of exercise Bright Star '80

SSGT Clyde A. Hanson, TSGT Eddie E. Brown and MSGT Don V. Stanfield install the frequency control head on a mobile antenna during exercise Bright Star '80

TSGT Julius C. Taylor Jr. and AMN Lillian M. Hill operate the central telephone switchboard during exercise Bright Star '80

TSGT Thomas P. Ward, 31st Civil Engineering Squadron fire department, Homestead Air Force Base, Fla., operates the pump on the F-7 runway foamer while TSGT James W. Palmer, 23rd Civil Engineering Squadron, England Air Force Base, La. operates the turret during exercise BRIGHT STAR '80

TSGT Marline J. Hobbs, 188th Tactical Fighter Group, checks the blood pressure of SSGT A. Sieminski, 820th Civil Engineering Squadron, during sick-call at the field hospital. They are participating in exercise BRIGHT STAR '80

TSGT Tony Hill, telephone switching repair technician, tests relay units in the Telephone Switching Section of the 932nd Communications Command (AFCC)

AMN May Kowalczyk, left, from the 36th Supply Squadron, smiles as children from Irminen Orphanage receive bags of gifts from "Santa," TSGT John Quigley, during the Christmas party given by the squadron

AMN May Kowalczyk, center, from the 36th Supply Squadron, smiles as children from Irminen Orphanage receive bags of gifts from "Santa," TSGT John Quigley, during the Christmas party given by the squadron

CPT Michael Martin, MSGT James Connett, TSGT Daniel Jaramillo and MSGT William Reynolds, left to right, watch the tragic scene. The crew, 302nd Special Operations Squadron, are taking part in a CH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter mission to rescue guests from the blazing MGM Grand Hotel

TSGT Lynn Keenom teaches training methods to security police trainers. TSGT Keenom, once convicted for black marketing activities, is a master instructor in the On-the-Job-Training Advisory Service, Air Training Command

TSGT Jerry Fletcher is lowered from a hovering CH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter to a balcony of the blazing MGM Grand Hotel. The airman is a 302nd Special Operations Squadron member involved in the rescue mission

TSGT Jessie Smith and COL (Dr.) Charles T. Wakefield, on rescue duty, take care of an injured seaman, aboard an Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft. Smith and Wakefield are members of the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service

TSGT Lynn Keenom discusses on-the-job-training methods with fire department working-level supervisors. TSGT Keenom, once convicted for black marketing activities, is a master instructor in the On-the-Job-Training Advisory Service, Air Training Command

A TSGT checks circuits on the equipment used for the testing of the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, after its installation in its permanent location

TSGT John Johnson polishes his shoes in preparation for Inauguration Day activities

TSGT Wes Gentry, a motion picture cameraman, looks at a ship model at a Bergen ship museum

TSGT Gary A. Parker ties up hydraulic lines around the interior of a C-5A Galaxy aircraft shell, as A1C Joseph L. Lee holds the lines The shell is being restored and transformed into a loading trainer

TSGT Gordon Fujii, from the 655th Tactical Hospital, works in the tent medical and surgical ward during exercise Team Spirit '81

TSGT Dan Laughlin and TSGT Manny Ferrara refuel an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during exercise Coronet Sail

From right, CHIEF MSGT Rufus Gray, TSGT Larry G. Wright, SSGT Joseph Sessions and TSGT Jack Potter, from the 2044th Communication Group (2044th Comm. Gp.), review a plans and programs schematic for patch service at the Pentagon. The 2044th Communication Group is the recipient of the 1980 MGEN Harold M. McClelland Award

SSGT Dennis Rote (left) and TSGT James T. Finn, from the 2044th Communication Group (2044th Comm. Gp.), check the quality of a weather map in the digital facsimile maintenance section at the Pentagon. The 2044th Communication Group is the recipient of the 1980 MGEN Harold M. McClelland Award

TSGT Pat Knowles, from the 1363rd Audiovisual Squadron, shoots motion picture of a pararescue team member during a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter mission. The latter, from the 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, is involved in exercise Team Spirit '81

SSGT Virgil Crosby, left, and TSGT Brent Cosens load ammunition into an AC-130H Hercules aircraft 40mm gun. The airmen are 1ST Special Operations Wing members participating in exercise Team Spirit '81

CPT Dano Kinzie and TSGT Richard Brooks use a flight log to check the weight and balance of a C-141 Starlifter aircraft loaded with troops and cargo during exercise Team Spirit (Coronet Spray)

TSGT Bruce Brooks analyzes photographs of a typhoon that passes near Guam, at the Air Force Global Weather Central

SSGT Micheal Cullenbine (left), and TSGT Lang check forecast charts at Global Weather Central

TSGT Gerald Whipple, from the 2044th Communication Group (2044th Comm. Gp.), types a message on the Spectra 70 Automatic Digital Network terminal (AUTODIN) in the message center, as 1LT Evelyn looks on at the Pentagon. The 2044th Communication Group is the recipient of the 1980 MGEN Harold M. McClelland Award

TSGT Leo Ramos arrives on a C-130 Hercules aircraft for an aeromedical evacuation training exercise. The airman is assigned to the 32nd Aeromedical Evacuation Group

United Services Organization Director Salvador C. Pena presents the trophy for outstanding airman in the Philippines to TSGT James Natale. With him is MGEN James Hildreth. The presentation is being made during the annual USO Six-Star Salute at the U.S. Embassy

United Services Organization Director Salvador C. Pena presents the trophy for outstanding airman in the Philippines to TSGT James Natale. With him is MGEN James Hildreth. The presentation is being made during the annual USO SIx-Star Salute at the U.S. Embassy

Prime Beef Team members 2LT William P. Macon (left) and TSGT Paul Hamilton, armed with M-16 rifles, maintain contact with the security force. The team is from the 416th Combat Support Group, 416th Civil Engineering Squadron, involved in combat training

TSGT Ronald J. Breemen removes the masking on a Japanese Air Self Defense Force F-15 Eagle aircraft wing

Combat Control Team member TSGT Doc Strange, from the 1ST Special Operations Wing, packs his parachute after a HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) jump

Combat Control Team member, TSGT Doc Strange from the First Special Operations Wing, watches for the "enemy" armed with an M-16A1 rifle

TSGT Percy Jewell packs a parachute in an F-105 Delta Dart aircraft during exercise Gangbuster XI. The airman is assigned to the 128th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 116th Tactical Fighter Wing, Texas Air National Guard

A view of the air operations room with, left to right, SSGT Don Baranowski, SSGT Anita Dardis and TSGT James Kadlecik during exercise Coronet Sail

TSGT Perez and SSGT Day, left to right, explain to LGEN Howard W. Leaf how fence alarms are checked in the off-limit areas. LGEN Leaf is inspecting the 52nd Security Police Squadron control area as part of his visit to the base

TSGT Jody Howard, a ground crewman, takes a break during Exercise Cope North '81-3. In the background is a Japan Air SelF Defense Force F-4J Phantom aircraft

MAJ John Kalosis, a flight surgeon from the hospital at Yokota Air Base and TSGT John Long from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, work with their Japanese counterparts during Exercise Cope North '81-3

A view of the gravestone of MAJ Richard L. Bakke, MAJ Harold L. Lewis, and TSGT Joel C. Mayo at the Arlington National Cemetery. These men were the Air Force members, who were killed while attempting the rescue of the 50 American hostages held in Iran

TSGT Carmine Sonnacchio, a petroleum, oil and lubricants specialist, defuels an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during exercise Sentry Castle '81

TSGT John Bargar, Outstanding AIRMAN of the Year for 1981, works on a teletypewriter

TSGT Phil Morgan supplies an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft with liquid oxygen during exercise Sentry Castle '81. The airman is assigned to the 174th Tactical Fighter Wing, New York Air National Guard

TSGT John Bargar, Outstanding AIRMAN of the Year for 1981, works on a teletypewriter

Flight operations supervisor TSGT Bruce L. Lohse checks blood pressure of MAJ Barry C. MacKean

TSGT Richard E. Heins (left), watches as SSGT Dale Watkins talks to the lead C-141 Starlifter aircraft prior to the air drop of two jeeps as Exercise Ocean Venture '81 gets underway

TSGT Richard E. Heins guides in the first drop of troops as Exercise Ocean Venture '81 gets underway

A1C Joseph A. Gallagher, left, and TSGT Kenneth Robinson, right, of the 26th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron assist Ambassador to Belgium Charles H. Price with his helmet prior to his flight in an F-15D Eagle aircraft

TSGT Ellie J. Robeson, A1C Laura D. Lamond and TSGT Edwin W. Hannam Jr., left to right, learn to dismantle and reassemble the M-16 rifle at Tempelhof Central Airport

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