American Airmen

Itʼs not where you come from; itʼs who you want to become.

They come from different backgrounds and with different experiences. And while they share a common mission, they are anything but common. These are the stories of American Airmen who make up the U.S. Air Force.

En Español Itʼs not where you come from; itʼs what you want to become.
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Edward A Rice, Jr., General (ret), USAF

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General Edward Rice Jr.

Gen Janet Wolfenbarger

In 1976, Janet C. Wolfenbarger took her first historic step in the U.S. Air Force when she...
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General Janet Wolfenbarger

SSgt Tiffany Zaloudek

At 19 years old, while attending college and working full time, SSgt Zaloudek realized...
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SSgt Tiffany Zaloudek

Benjamin Alvin Drew, Jr., Colonel (ret), USAF

Upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy, Col Drew entered the U.S. Air Force...
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Benjamin Alvin Drew, Jr.

Lt Col Nicole Malachowski

A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Lt Col Malachowski has flown the F-15E...
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Lt Col Nicole Malachowski

Capt Petra Holloway

One of 18 children, Capt Petra Holloway grew up in a two-bedroom trailer and worked as a...
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Captain Petra Holloway

Maj Gen Suzanne Vautrinot

After her father retired from the Air Force when she was just a teen, Gen Vautrinot and...
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Maj Gen Suzanne Vautrinot

Capt Nicolas Aquino

Capt Aquino is a first-generation American born in Omaha, NE, after his parents fled...
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Capt Nicolas Aquino

Lt Col Frank Ferraro

Born a U.S. citizen and raised in Mexico, Lt Col Ferraro's love affair with flying began...
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Lt Col Frank Ferraro

Col Mona Lisa Tucker

Col Tucker received her commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps...
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Col Mona Lisa Tucker

CMSgt Kenneth Williams

Chief Williams entered the Air Force in 1983 and completed technical training as an Inventory...
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CMSgt Kenneth Williams

MSgt Jose Cervantes

When he was nine years old, MSgt Cervantes and his family moved from Houston TX, to Bakersfield,...
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When he was nine years old, MSgt Cervantes and his family moved from Houston TX, to Bakersfield,...

Maj Gen Darren McDew

Growing up Gen McDew watched his father put on his Air Force uniform every day. The impression...
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Maj Gen Darren McDew

MSgt Paul Horton

Early on in life, MSgt Horton chose to pursue purpose over money and fame, so following...
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MSgt Paul Horton

Capt Jazmine Russell

Born to teenage parents and raised in part by her grandmother, Capt Russell became the...
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Capt Jazmine Russell

Maj Gen Alfred Stewart

Raised by a single parent in Baltimore, MD, Gen Stewart entered the Air Force in 1981...
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Maj Gen Alfred Stewart

Capt Sarah Schechter

Chaplain Schechter grew up in New York City where she attended the popular "Fame" High...
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Capt Sarah Schechter

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