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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Francis Atchoe, a Detachment 1, 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron personnel journeyman, kisses his wife Airman 1st Class Brenda Atchoe, a 354th Force Support Squadron personnel journeyman, while their son Ethan laughs Feb. 15, 2017, at their home on Fort Wainwright, Alaska. The Atchoe’s met through a mutual friend while they were attending college at different universities and have since gained citizenship and hope to become officers in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman) Icemen born abroad: The Atchoe Family
Opportunity knocks wherever life leads you. Whether that be attending college, starting a family or making the decision to join the military, everyone has different dreams and aspirations. For some, it means starting a whole new life in a different country. Staff Sgt. Francis Atchoe, a Detachment 1, 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron personnel journeyman, was pursuing his first degree at the University of Ghana and decided to take a vacation to the United States. During his six-week visit and after positive interactions with friendly people, he decided to relocate to the U.S.
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2017
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 354th Fighter Wing, depart buses on the flightline to assist with a foreign object debris (FOD) walk, May 15, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The Icemen Team worked together to ensure five and half miles of taxiways and runways were clear of debris. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Eric M. Fisher) FOD free flightline
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 354th Fighter Wing, depart buses on the flightline to assist with a foreign object debris (FOD) walk, May 15, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The Icemen Team worked together to ensure five and half miles of taxiways and runways were clear of debris. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Eric M. Fisher)
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The Eielson base honor guard presents the colors for the National Anthem during the 354th Fighter Wing change of command ceremony, June 29, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base. The Icemen Team gathered to welcome Col. David Mineau, the new 354th Fighter Wing commander, and say farewell to outgoing commander, Col. Michael Winkler. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Nicole Taylor/Released)
Icemen welcome new commander, recognize former commander’s legacy
Farewells and welcomes were heard as hundreds of members of the Iceman Team, community and family members joined Lt. Gen. Russell Handy, the Eleventh Air Force commander, in the Thunderdome to celebrate the 354th Fighter Wing change of command. Col. Michael Winkler, the outgoing commander, relinquished command to Col. David Mineau June 29, 2016.
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