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Unique rehab center gets injured Airmen back on duty

Not long after receiving innovative care for serious combat-related injuries, 2nd Lt. Marc Esposito gave his future wife a tour of the unique rehabilitation center that helped the Air Force special operator get back to jumping out of planes. The state-of-the-art setting cast with advanced technology inside the Center for the Intrepid at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, impressed Elizabeth Russell Esposito so much that she took a job there.

http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/1006550/unique-rehab-center-gets-injured-airmen-back-on-duty.aspx Sean Kimmons

Licking their wounds: Trained dogs assist, comfort wounded Airmen

Constant back pain from an injury suffered years ago in combat still troubles Staff Sgt. Ryan Garrison. It wakes him up at night when his medication wears off. It triggers his depression and anxiety, leading to angry outbursts. Several prescriptions and mental health visits didn’t effectively assist with his emotional state. The 39-year-old defense courier then met Luke, a pitch-black Labrador.

http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/1004160/licking-their-wounds-trained-dogs-assist-comfort-wounded-airmen.aspx Sean Kimmons

Air Force, Army planners find ways to see greater jump in airdrops

An arriving C-130 Hercules taxies to a large hangar where about 60 Army paratroopers wait to board. Lugging about 100 pounds of gear, the Soldiers quickly line up and load into the aircraft as its four idling engines blow hot gusts over the tarmac. Minutes later, the plane is flying at 150 mph and the paratroopers jump, being whisked away in a rush of fresh air during the routine training mission -- one of hundreds held each year at Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina. While short lived, these airdrops are meticulously prepared months ahead by dozens of Air Force and Army planners. Their goal: to get Airmen and Soldiers primed to rapidly respond to urgent combat or humanitarian efforts.

http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/923392/air-force-army-planners-find-ways-to-see-greater-jump-in-airdrops.aspx Sean Kimmons