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Retired Lt. Col. Tony Bevacqua poses for a photo at his home in Yuba City, California, May 9, 2017. Bevacqua served a total of 21 years in the Air Force and is among a select group of pilots who flew the U-2 Dragon Lady and the SR-71 Blackbird. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan D. Viglianco)
Retired Col. Kathy Cosand holds two paintings March, 24, 2017 at her home in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The paintings are reprints of orignal artworks hanging at the Pentagon, featuring Cosand and nine other females who were the first women to graduate from the Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter)
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Robert Brown poses for a photo in front of an executive aircraft on Joint Base Andrews, Md., for the Veterans in Blue project. Chief Brown was assigned as part of the Presidential Air Group when he was on active duty. He was in charge of the maintenance of Air Force One. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)
Ryan Daniel poses with his guitar for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue Series. Daniel served in the Air Force as a munitions systems technician and Tops in Blue performer before separating to become a country music singer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Trevor T. McBride)
Retired Master Sgt. Paul W. Dunning poses for a photo for the Air Force's Veterans in Blue 2017 series, May 9, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. Dunning has worked in maintenance career fields for 33 years in both the civilian and military sectors. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Janiqua Robinson)
Kathy Durst poses for a photo for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue series. As one of the first female Air Force Academy cadets, Durst graduated in the top 10 percent of her class before going on to serve as a T-38 instructor pilot. She now serves as chief pilot in charge of American Airline's Dallas, Texas hub. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. DeAndre Curtiss/Released)
Air Force memorabilia surrounds retired Col. Tucker Fagan inside his home in Cheyenne, Wyo., May 12, 2017. Highlights of his 30 year Air Force career include building the U.S. war plan, heading the Joint Chiefs of Staff's nuclear section and teaching President Ronald Reagan and his senior staff about their nuclear arsenal. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)
Retired Master Sgt. Willie Ford stands near a static display at the Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall, May 30, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Alexa Culbert)
James "Quin" Forman poses for a picture for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue series May 19, 2017. Forman enlisted into the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1940 and served until his separation in 1954. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jodi Martinez)
William Hardy poses for a photo in front of members of the Klein Forest high school JROTC program in Houston, Texas, April 15, 2017. Hardy served in the Air Force for 22 years across six duty stations prior to seperating to teach JROTC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)
Chad Hennings poses for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue series March 15, 2017, in Flower Mound, Texas. Hennings served in the Air Force as an A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot before separating to play for the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)
Dr. Yardley Hunter poses for a photo in Washington, D.C., Aug. 2, 2016. Hunter served in the military for more than 20 years. The skills she learned in the Air Force assisted her in her second career as a school administrator. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson)
Milton Johns poses for a photo for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue series, April 5, 2017. Johns served in the European theatre of operations during WWII, and flew over 63 missions as a member of the 510th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Leslie Jones poses for a portrait in his home near Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Mar. 30, 2017. Jones served for 30 years in the civil engineer career field and deployed in support of Desert Storm, Operation Provide Comfort and the Global War on Terrorism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)
Retired Lt. Col. John Kidd holds a model C-5 Galaxy in his hands as he poses for a photo on his farm in Jackson County, Oklahoma, May 25, 2017. Kidd served for 24 years in the Air Force, flying more than 7,000 hours. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Megan E. Myhre)
Jonathan Klein poses in his old uniform for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue series, Dec. 4, 2016, Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Klein served as a nuclear and missile operations officer at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., spending a total of 242 days on alert. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Crow)
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Gerry Leo poses for a photo on top of a C-130 at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York, for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue series, May 19, 2017. Leo served in the Air Force for over 30 years and accumulated over 10,000 hours in the C-130 Hercules. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Williams)
John Marusiak poses for a photo for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue Series at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, April 14, 2017. Marusiak enlisted into the Army Air Corps as a pilot and completed a total of 105 missions over Europe during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marcy Copeland)
Retired Maj. Gen. Joe McNeil poses for a photo for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue series. McNeil commissioned into the Air Force in 1963 and served until his retirement in 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephen Schester)
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Richard Metcalf poses for a photo in front of his shadowbox at his home in Clovis, N.M., April 8, 2017. Metcalf served for 30 years in the maintenance career field before retiring to start an alpaca farm. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Charles E. Milam poses with a photo of himself at his house in Waldfischbach-Burgalben, Germany, May 2, 2017. Milam, born in Lakeland, Florida, served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1985. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Savannah L. Waters)
Retired Col. Paul Mootz poses for a photo with his bike for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue series, Jan. 13, 2017. Mootz served for 30 years in the medical career field before retiring in 1989. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cory D. Payne)
Retired Air Force Col. Suellyn Wright Novak began her career in 1973, entering as a personnel officer and later serving as the Air Force Blood Program Chief throughout Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Retiring in 2003, she is now an active member in her community, serving as the Alaska Veterans Museum executive director. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher R. Morales)
Jerry Owens poses for a photo for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue series. Separating in 1988 as a military working dog handler, Owens helps a non-profit organization that works to provide service dogs to disabled veterans. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Keith James)
Aubrey Palmer poses for a photo on his farm in Washington for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue series, April 17, 2017. Palmer served in the Air Force in air cargo career field before separating as a Staff Sgt. to join the civilian sector as an engineer for Jefferson County, Washington. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)
Gregory D. Passig is the Director of Business Operations, 52d Contracting Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Before his current position, Passig retired from Active Duty service in 2012. During his time in service, he deployed to Korea, Oman, Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Joshua R. M. Dewberry)
Janet Pattison poses for a photo for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue series at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 2, 2017. Pattison joined the Air Force in 1992 before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 2012 to start her own business with her husband. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David Murphy)
Retired Maj. Gen. Lorraine Potter poses for a photo for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue series. Potter served in the Air Force from 1973 to 2004, where she became the first female to commission into the Air Force as well as the first female chaplain to promote to colonel and then general officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Allie Delury)
Retired Senior Master Sgt. George Price, 52nd Force Support Squadron special events coordinator, poses inside Spangdahlem’s fitness center on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 16, 2017. On Oct. 16, 2014, after Bitburg was mostly relocated to Spangdahlem Air Base, a re-dedication ceremony took place at the fitness center in which the gym was named the George Price Gymnasium. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Preston Cherry)
Retired Master Sgt. James Rangitsch poses for a photo for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue series, 22 May, 2017. Rangitsch served as an air traffic controller and earned a purple heart for his efforts to provide first aid to those wounded in the Khobar Towers terrorist attack in 1996. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jovan Banks)
Retired Gen. Edward Rice poses for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue Series April 13, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. Rice was a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours and has led at the squadron, group, wing, numbered air force and major command levels. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)
Retired Lt. Col. Elis Salamone poses for a photo for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue Series at Madigan Army Medical Center, Washington, April 15, 2017. Salamone started her career in the U.S. Army before commissioning as a nurse into the Air Force before retiring in 2014. (U.S. Air Force Phtoo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)
Charlie Simpson poses for a photo at the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Philip, South Dakota, February 8, 2017. Simpson served for 30 years, originally entering the field of aircraft maintenance before transitioning to intercontinental ballistic missile duty, where he took part in the event of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James R. Crow)
Abilene Police Department Chief Stan Standridge poses in his office for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue series. Standridge served in the Air Force as a security specialist before separating and eventually becoming the youngest chief of police for Abilene, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily Copeland)
Retired Col. Bruce Sturk poses for a photo for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue series at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, May 5, 2017. Sturk served for 26 years in the Air Force as an air battle manager before retiring as a colonel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Areca T. Bell)
Irving Tyrrell Jr. poses in his home for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue series in Boise, Idaho, May 30, 2017. Tyrrell served for nine years as an air weapons controller before seperating to pursue a career in computer science. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessica H. Smith)
Retired Col. Gary West poses with his bike in Bristow, Virginia, for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue series, Nov. 22, 2016. After his retirement, West biked 2,500 miles across the east coast of the U.S. to honor fallen service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Gustavo Castillo)
Beth Yandow poses for a portrait inside the National Cryptologic Museum May 12, 2017, Annapolis Junction, Maryland. Yandow joined the Air Force in 1984, becoming the first female to qualify as the Airborne Mission Supervisor on the RC-135 in April 1995. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)