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  • John Kidd

    John Kidd took an interest in airplanes at a young age and followed in his father’s footsteps by enlisting in the Air Force on Aug. 28, 1968. Kidd served 24 years working as an aircraft acquisition engineer, airlift command and controller, F-111 aircraft maintenance officer, and later earning various pilot qualifications for C-141 and C-5 aircraft.
  • Joe McNeil

    Joe McNeil and three of his friends sat down at a Woolworth’s “whites only” lunch counter Feb. 1, 1960, sparking a youth-led movement to challenge racial inequality while paving the way for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. McNeil not only made history as a member of the “Greensboro Four” as a college student, but his core values also laid the
  • Stan Standridge

    Stan Standridge joined the Air Force to escape from an impoverished childhood. He served as a security specialist from July 1989 to July 1993. He began his service at Hahn Air Base, Germany, and separated as a senior airman at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. While on a deployment, his brother passed away. Standridge said he is forever greatful for the
  • James Rangitsch

    James Rangitsch entered the Air Force in 1979 at age 18. In 1996 he deployed to Dharan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, in support of Operation Southern Watch. On the evening of June 25, 1996, he was relaxing in his dorm room in the Khobar Towers when terrorists detonated a bomb outside the compound. Surviving the attack, Rangitsch administered first aid to
  • Aubrey Palmer

    Aubrey Palmer was a Vietnam-era farm boy from Washington when he decided that instead of waiting for his draft number to come up he would raise his hand and volunteer for the U.S. Air Force. He enlisted with a friend on the buddy system and left for basic training in November 1970. Palmer went into the air cargo career field after basic training
  • Elis Salamone

    Elis Salamone began her military career not as an Airman but as an Army Soldier. Within three years of doing Army personnel work, Salamone knew she was destined to walk in the footsteps of her mother, a nurse, and commissioned as a nurse in the Air Force. Salamone proved herself not only as a nurse but as a leader by managing multiple medical staff
  • Chad Hennings

    Capt. (Separated) Chad Hennings earned his commission and graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1988. He attended pilot school and eventually became an A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot. During his career, Hennings deployed twice to the Persian Gulf. Based out of Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Hennings flew 45 combat missions in support of Operation Provide
  • Gerry Leo

    Gerry Leo enlisted in the Air Force March 18, 1963, as an aircraft mechanic. During his active-duty time, Leo deployed twice from 1964 to 1965 to Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines to serve in Vietnam. Honorably separating from active duty in 1967, Leo joined the Air Force Reserve in 1971, working for the 914th Airlift Wing at Niagara Falls
  • Kathi Durst

    Capt. (Separated) Kathi Durst began breaking barriers for women in 1977 when, at age 17, she became one of the first female Air Force Academy cadets. She graduated in the top 10 percent of her class, the second academy class to include women. After commissioning, she attended pilot training and served as a T-38 instructor pilot. Durst, whose father
  • Leslie Jones

    Leslie Jones joined the Air Force in November 1983, at the age of 26. Having just been laid off from his job at a railroad company, Jones decided to follow in his father’s footsteps, who had been serving in the Army Air Corps at the time. Initially thinking of serving for just four years, Jones ended up with an age waiver to stay in longer and
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