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Legal Immigrants: Airmen's Path to Citizenship

Senior Airman Sergio Espinoza Airman 1st Class Brendon Enriquez

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- For many, joining the Air Force is as simple as visiting the nearest recruiter. For Senior Airman Sergio Espinoza and Airman 1st Class Brendon Enriquez, 2nd Bomb Wing military justice paralegals, the journey began across the globe. In 2003, Espinoza departed El Salvador with his mother to pursue a better quality of life and a more stable future. He arrived in Arlington, Virginia, where he lived for 10 years. ... more

Son Following in his Father's Footsteps

Senior Airman Christopher Balderas and Roy Balderas

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Some reasons people join the military are to serve their country, make a difference, earn educational benefits, and because it's a family tradition. For Senior Airman Christopher Balderas that family tradition began with his father's nine-year service in the Army as a Military Policeman. His father, Roy Balderas, said he had wanted to be a police officer since he was in the 6th grade and earned the rank of staff... more

Glossary of Military Terms & Slang

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If you have a favorite piece of jargon or want to suggest a correction, let us know in the comments below. The U.S. military uses many unique items and concepts that civilians aren't exposed to. Because of this and the need for expedient, clear communication, service members are immersed in a linguistic world apart from the daily life of a civilian. Some are self-explanatory and others are completely cryptic, but they each have a specific... more

Military Trivia Facts

Although some military experts have an incredibly in-depth knowledge of the military, no one person can know everything there is to know. I have searched books and the Internet and have come up with 15 military facts I bet you didn’t know. These facts make great dinner conversation and could help you win on any one of our trivia games. 1. 30 of the 43 Presidents served in the Army, 24 during time of war, two earned the rank of 5-star General ... more

Airmen Bonded Together by Family, Service

Master Sgt. Chasitity Gullatt Staff Sgt. Bryant Guillermo

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFNS) -- Each month, the Defense Department and installations across the world celebrate the diversity that service members bring to the armed forces. For two Airmen here, not only did they celebrate their Hawaiian-Filipino heritage during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, but they also celebrated their family and military bonds. For Master Sgt. Chasitity Gullatt, the 39th Air Base Wing Equa... more

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One of the most important choices you will make when joining the military is what job you want to do. With hundreds of jobs to choose from, it can be very tough to narrow it down to just one. This section will give you some insight into many of the different jobs each service has to offer.

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