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Staff Sgt. David Olson, an explosive ordnance disposal troop from Abilene, recounted his personal struggle with suicidal ideations, and the toll his physical and invisible wounds have taken not just on his life, but on those of his loved ones.

SOP newswireEdwards team performs second test of small launch vehicle by Christopher Ball - 6/19/2006 - EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFPN) -- A 418th Flight Test Squadron team performed the second in a series of tests June 14 by airdropping a 65-foot, 65,000-pound mockup of a booster rocket from a C-17 Globemaster III over the Edwards precision impact range area.
SOP newswireStemming the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons - The United States will participate in the United Nations
SOP newswireNATO Reconfirms Afghanistan Expansion - NATO’s expanded security presence in Afghanistan must be matched by Afghan and international efforts to ensure that Afghan people enjoy the benefits of security, NATO’s Secretary General said at a meeting of Defence Ministers.
SOP newswireLackland honors nine enlisted heroes by Tech. Sgt. Ryan Mattox - SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) -- Nine enlisted heroes earned honors for their service and sacrifice to the Air Force and the nation during the Basic Military Training Memorialization Ceremony at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
SOP newswire'Operation Jump Start' Jumps Into Gear Along Southwest Border By Donna Miles - WASHINGTON, June 15, 2006 – About 800 National Guard troops have arrived for duty in four U.S. border states as
SOP newswireMedal of Honor Recipient Shares Experiences For Airmen At War by Michael Tolzmann - SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) -- Today’s Airmen are learning from each other. Tours in Iraq and Afghanistan yield invaluable information on ways to better fight and survive.
SOP newswireNATO Tests Expeditionary Force - A major exercise in the Cape Verde Islands, 15-28 June, will test the readiness of NATO’s cutting-edge Response Force to carry out missions anywhere required at very short notice.
SOP newswireJoint Prowler team jams at Northern Edge 2006 by Senior Airman Garrett Hothan - ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (AFPN) -- The sight of four crewmembers climbing out of a Navy EA-6B Prowler here on the flightline during Northern Edge 2006 is not unusual. However, when one of those four crewmembers is carrying the blue flight cap of an Air Force officer instead of Navy khaki, something might be amiss.
SOP newswireC-5 accident investigation board complete - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill (AFPN) -- The results of an investigation into the C-5 Galaxy crash at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on April 3 found that human error was the cause, Air Mobility Command officials released today.
SOP newswireTerrorist's Demise Significant, but Will Not End Iraq's Violence By Jacquelyn S. Porth - Washington – A U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, Iraq, says the elimination of the leading terrorist in Iraq is a big step forward, but will not end the ongoing violence there.
SOP newswireWomen Join Iraqi Police by Petty Officer 2nd Class John J. Pistone - IRBIL , Iraq — Women's rights might not be the first thing one thinks of when someone mentions Iraq , however, some officials in the Kurdish provinces in northern Iraq would like it to be.
SOP newswireYouth Service Medal recognizes children's sacrifices by Army Sgt. June A. Norton - MILFORD, Mass. (AFPN) -- When servicemembers deploy, they aren't the only ones who serve. Their families serve also, and usually the separation is hardest on the children. Homecomings are joyous moments for military families, but until recently, the service and sacrifice made by the children of deployed troops went largely unrecognized.
SOP newswireHunters ready to take on 2006 storm season by Tech. Sgt. James B. Pritchett - KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFPN) -- It was a quiet opening day of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season. Hurricane Hunters of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron spent the day training and getting ready for what forecasters say will be another active season.
SOP newswireCENTAF releases airpower summary - In Afghanistan, Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons, a B-1B Lancer and a Predator unmanned aerial vehicle responded to coalition forces taking small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades from Taliban extremists near Tarin Kowt. The B-1B expended
SOP newswireThe Purple Heart Postage Stamp - A new version of a postage stamp commemorating the Purple Heart and all those who have earned it was issued in a ceremony here May 26.
SOP newswireAir Force mission: It goes beyond the job - HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFPN) -- Commanders and leaders are always reminding us how important we are to "the mission." But, how many of us really know what "the mission" is?
SOP newswireNew Technology Could Make Target Acquisition More Accurate - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- At this moment, above Iraq and Afghanistan, American data sensors are collecting information and intelligence about what is happening on the ground.
SOP newswireMedics make house call for nomads - PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Medics, interpreters and support personnel from the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team set up a short-notice medical outreach May 18 for the nomadic Kuchi people during their spring migration through the Panjshir Valley.
SOP newswireSheile School-Back to School in Style - Mosul Iraq- A newly constructed school located in the center of Dahuk will provide service to approximately 840 students and 36 teachers.
SOP newswireAfghan fortress site of Taliban's last deadly siege - MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (AFPN) -- Just a few minutes drive from where an Air Force embedded training team is mentoring Afghan National Army soldiers is the site of the Taliban’s last deadly siege.
SOP newswireKenney Headquarters Maximizes Support To Joint Warfighters - Known as KHQ, the headquarters staff commands air, space and information operations for joint forces throughout the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Korea. Consisting of three elements -- the Pacific Air Operations Center, the Pacific Air Force Forces staff and a support group -- the KHQ staff plans and executes air operations ranging from humanitarian assistance to full-scale
SOP newswireDOD Works To Further Reduce Military Suicides - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- Suicide rates within the military are about half those in the civilian military-aged population, but the Defense Department is reaching out to its members to help further reduce the incidence of suicide within the ranks, a top military doctor said.
Andrew ChienMilitary : Coalition bombing in Afghanistan kills 50 suspected Taliban fighters - All of this was a result of a coalition confirmed attack on a Taliban compound located on the village of Azizi in the Kandahar province late Sunday and early Monday. The military is currently investigating whether there were any civilian casualties because of this strike, said Lt. Gen. Karl W. Eikenberry to The Associated Press.
SOP newswireNew Extended Range Cruise Missile Takes First Flight Test - EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFPN) -- When the Air Force successfully launched its newest cruise missile for the first time on May 18, it marked a significant step toward making the job of the pilots who deliver the weapon a lot less risky.
SOP newswireRehabilitation Specialists Team Up To Support Warfighters - Fort Sam Houston, Texas (AFPN) -- Brooke Army Medical Center hosted a military amputee advance skills training workshop for Veterans Affairs’ prosthetists and therapists.
SOP newswireCoalition Forces in Iraq Kill, Detain Dozens of Terrorists - WASHINGTON, May 15, 2006 – Coalition forces killed more than 40 terrorists and detained 13 suspected terrorists in various raids May 13 and yesterday throughout Iraq, military officials in Iraq reported.
SOP newswireU.S. Navy Rolls Back Access to Two British Military Bases - Washington – As part of the ongoing restructuring of U.S. military forces in Europe, the Defense Department has announced plans to pull 165 U.S. and civilian employees from two British air bases in summer 2006.
SOP newswireMedics Make Air Evacuation Easier On Wounded Troops - BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Wounded U.S. troops leave this base each day on military transports after their release from the contingency air staging facility at the airport waiting area.
SOP newswireIraqi Forces continue to lead from the front - BAGHDAD, Iraq (May 12, 2006) – “An Iraq that's at peace with its neighbors and an ally in the war on terror, has a representative government that respects the rights of all Iraqis, has a security force that can maintain domestic order, and deny Iraq as a safe haven for terrorists.”
SOP newswireLeaders operating in dynamic security environment - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Today we find ourselves operating in a dynamic, expeditionary and austere security environment. More than ever before, today's Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines are asked to act in ways that can and will irrevocably impact the global community. Strong, bold, responsible leadership at all levels is vital to mission success.
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