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Cover: Staff Sgt. Jorge M. Oliveira

Staff Sgt. Jorge M. Oliveira was killed in action in Yahya Khel, Paktika Province, Afghanistan when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device on October 19, 2011. (Graphic by Mark C. Olsen, DMAVA Public Affairs)


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Capt. April Doolittle
2nd Lt. Amanda Batiz
Chief Warrant Officer 2
Patrick Daugherty

Mark C. Olsen


Staff Sgt. Armando Vasquez (NJANG)
Staff Sgt. Wayne Woolley (NJARNG)

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Inside Cover: The Competition

Staff Sgt. Jeffery J. Raine,left, a weapons loader with the 177th Fighter Wing, holds the nose of a GBU-12 Paveway II, 500-pound laser-guided weapon while load crew team chief Tech. Sgt. Keith R. Williams attaches the connecting bolts during the annual Load Crew competition at the 177th on June 12. This is the 30th year the Wing has held the competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen, 177th Fighter Wing)

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