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Meet Your Military: Airmen Foster "Wingmanship" Through Gaming

support our troops us airman 319th air base wingAirmen from the 319th Air Base Wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., play an interactive video game in their dormitory dayroom, May 28, 2015. Gaming has become a popular way for Grand Forks airmen to connect outside of duty hours, providing an alternative to outside activities that require good weather. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Sparks GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, North Dakota: Intramural sports have been a staple of life on Air Force bases for a long time as a way for airmen to connect with each other and become more involved on base.

The new generation of airmen has found another way to achieve that same goal. A "gaming" airman here has fostered a new way to connect with his fellow airmen. Finding ways for airmen to connect is a vital part of the Air Force’s “wingmanship” teamwork concept. Air Force Airman John Greenberg, a 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator apprentice, said interactive video games helped him with his transition when he arrived here for his first Air Force duty assignment. "The day I got here, the first question was, 'Do you play games?'" Greenberg said. "It's an instant conversation starter."

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Meet Your Military: Airman, Wife Help People in Philippine Villages

support our troops air force master sgt travels to philippinesAir Force Master Sgt. Cesar Jurilla and his wife, Cora, travel annually to remote villages in the Philippines as a part of a medical mission with the Filipino ministry of California’s San Bernardino Roman Catholic diocese. Courtesy photoRIVERSIDE, California: Thousands of miles away in remote Philippine villages, families lack access to medication and basic health care. The medical needs of the people in the Philippines are tremendous, especially in the rural areas, where many suffer from treatable ailments.

Every January for the past five years, Air Force Master Sgt. Cesar Jurilla of the California Air National Guard’s 163rd Reconnaissance Wing travels to these remote locations with his wife, Cora, as part of a team of doctors, nurses and nonmedical assistants who volunteer with the Filipino ministry of California’s San Bernardino Roman Catholic diocese in cooperation with Bishop Gerald Barnes. “A goal of the medical mission trip is to discover and rediscover Filipino roots through indigenous people in the Philippines -- to know their health situation and to respond to their medical needs,” Jurilla said.

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Classic WWII Photos of Soldiers in Quiet Moments

These five photos show other sides of being a soldier

WW2 Soldier eats dinnerAn unidentified American soldier sits and eats his meal (which includes chicken, mashed potatoes, bread, and pineapple) atop rows of a stockpiled ammunition shells, England, May 1944

When we think about the men and women in foreign lands, sacrificing for our freedom, it's easy to forget that they have quiet moments too. They still need to eat, and sleep, and take care of themselves spiritually. In WW2, it was no different for American soldiers.

Here are some classic photos to remind us of how no matter when or where, U.S. Soldiers need our support. Please consider donating or providing a care package today. Are you a soldier and want to request help? Want to know more about our organization? Contact us!

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Meet Your Military: Supply Soldiers Deliver the Goods in Poland

support our troops united states military supply specialistsArmy Staff Sgt. Marcus Carr Sr. and Army Pfc. Milton Shelton, supply specialists with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, deliver food to soldiers training at Camp Konotop, Poland, May 20, 2015,. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Marcus FloydCAMP KONOTOP, Poland: Heading out at 4 a.m., Army Staff Sgt. Marcus Carr Sr. and his supply team put on their gear and jumped into their tactical vehicle to deliver breakfast to the soldiers in the field here. Although chow doesn't start for two more hours, Carr is adamant about getting the food to its destination on time.

“When I first came in the Army, I had a first sergeant and a commander who would ride me constantly, making sure the soldiers were fed on time,” said Carr, a unit supply sergeant with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. “When I was younger I didn't understand it,” he said, “but as I got older, I understood that if a soldier is not fed on time, the soldier cannot complete the mission.”

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Goodyear Tires launches Charity Auction to benefit Support Our Troops

The Charity auction will be part of the sixth annual "Goodyear Gives Back" campaign, focused on supporting America's troops.

support our troops Goodyear gives backGoodyear once again transforms its NASCAR race tires, replacing the sidewall design with "Support Our Troops" on all tires used during Memorial Day weekend to support the U.S. Military. Thursday, May, 21, 2015 in Concord, N.C.This Memorial Day Weekend, you might notice something different on the tires of your favorite Nascar drivers' cars. For six straight years, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has been rallying NASCAR fans to support members of the U.S. Armed Forces through its “Goodyear Gives Back” charitable program, benefitting Support Our Troops®. This weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, all race tires will be emblazoned with a stately "Support Our Troops" logo in red, white and blue.

The weekend festivities coincide with the launch of the auction itself, which features autographed NASCAR memorabilia, VIP race experiences and rides on the Goodyear Blimp. It really is a chance for the fans to give back to the troops, and potentially win some great items.

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Soldiers in Afghanistan: an inside look

An inside look at the 72nd Medical Detachment - Veterinary work

Recently, Afghanistan - Here at, we have a simple mission - to support our men and women now serving in the Armed Forces. We’re proud and privileged to help those who need it. In this position, we often get an inside look at some of the important work these soldiers do on a daily basis. The 72nd Medical Detachment is a veterinary service support unit currently deployed in Afghanistan.

support our troops afghanistan troops working military dogA group of soldiers in Afghanistan pose with a working military dog, post veterinary treatment.In a typical month, they can see over one hundred patients and perform 13 surgeries. Most of the patients are Military Working Dogs, known as MWDs. Recently, the 72nd redeployed 6 MWDs to their home stations. They performed five yearly exams, four dentals and even extracted some broken teeth. They also do X-rays and CT scans on the dogs, which helped to diagnose on working dog with a slipped disc, and another with a tumor. One common ailment of MWDs is Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV), a non-combat related cause of death for working dogs. When this happens, the stomach bloats and rotates, and can only be corrected with surgery. Click here to donate and show your support for the brave men and women serving our country.  


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