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  • Doing good deeds while deployed

    When Senior Airman Denise Gutierrez found out that she would be deploying, she was excited. "When I first found out, I was very excited," said Airman Gutierrez. "I've been wanting to deploy for the four years since I've been in the Air Force."Airman Gutierrez returned to Patrick last year from a four-month deployment to Manas Air Base in
  • The best thing that could have happened

    (Editor's note: Tech. Sgt. Renee Parry faced a tough challenge when she learned her fitness test results in August. This is her personal account of facing that challenge and the knowledge she gained as a result).Failing my Air Force Fitness Test - the first time in 16 years - was the best thing that happened to me. It probably literally saved my
  • Patrick Airman to be featured on AF recruiting calendar

     Senior Airman William Crisp has newfound respect for Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum. He gained it during a recent photo shoot for an Air Force Recruiting Service calendar he'll be featured in that comes out in August. "Straining to maintain poses while the photographer took pictures kind of hurt," he admitted with a grin. "But I'm pretty pumped to see
  • AF spouse dances into hearts via Space Coast Ballet

    Melanie Davis could've moped around feeling sorry for herself last January when almost immediately after moving to Patrick AFB, her husband Staff Sgt. Will Davis was sent to Kunsan AB, Korea for a one-year tour of duty. But instead, she got busy with the Space Coast Ballet. Their family had just arrived from Barksdale AFB, La., and she didn't know
  • Fore! Patrick youth makes national golf team

    The 14-year old son of an NCO stationed at Patrick AFB could be the country's next great golf star.Trey Valentine, son of Tech. Sgt. Fletcher Valentine, NCOIC of medical material for the 45th Medical Group, made the Tiger Woods Foundation National Junior Golf Team for the fifth time in a row this year."He's just very driven to succeed," said
  • The meaning of being an "Air Force family"

    Pepper Barrera readily admits both she and her husband, Tech. Sgt. Enrique Barrera of the 45th Security Forces Squadron, knew there was a pretty good chance he would be deployed when their first baby was born.It turns out they were right. But it doesn't make it any easier.Not that either one of them are complaining."We've been married 12 and a half
  • Patrick Fire Department on a roll with donated bicycles

    Have you got an old but usable bicycle in your garage you're not riding anymore?A good way to keep it rolling is the Patrick Fire Department Bike Program. Overseen by Crew Chief Rob Norris, the program collects old bicycles of all sizes, refurbishes them and delivers them to local charities for distribution.Mr. Norris helped start the program in
  • Up in smoke with the EOD team

    If you heard an explosion from Cape Canaveral Nov. 30, don't be alarmed.It was the Patrick AFB Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team doing its job on the range. These Airmen sometimes like to make things go boom!Most often, the team disposes of flares that wash up on the beach or World War II-era ordnance that turns up. Last week the team went to
  • 'Tis the be vigilant

    Many of us hear a lot of talk about the increase in crime during the holiday season. We are warned time and again to lock our doors, make sure we know who we are doing business with, and to keep our wits when we are out in public, especially when in a crowd.A current, long-time employee of Patrick Air Force Base recently learned that lesson the
  • Taking a bite out of crime; new dog joins security forces

    At 11 years old, Arko was one of the older dogs attached to the 45th Security Forces Squadron, and the strain of being a military working dog had taken its toll."It gets to the point where they can't work anymore due to age," said Staff Sgt. Russell Waldon, a dog handler for the 45th SFS. In most cases, the dog is offered for adoption by a local