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Service Members – Day 18

I tried to reach U.S. Air Force Captain Kelly-Ann Smyth a while back to get a quick bio from her, but I guess she’s too busy right now running the 514th Air Mobility Wing’s Public Affairs shop.

Not to worry, I remember a couple good tidbits about her that I don’t think she would mind me sharing.

Kelly, like me, is a former navigator who has also taken the plunge into PA. Prior to becoming the shop chief at the 514th, Kelly was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base flying the Cobra Ball, and it turns out that we have a number of mutual friends up there.

Kelly’s originally from Pittsburgh, Pa. where she now resides.

I really enjoyed shooting Kelly. She has a good personality, is very friendly and outgoing, and made for a great subject!

69th Aerial Port Squadron Kids

I spent last weekend (April 16-18th) on orders in Arlington, Va. with the 69th Aerial Port Squadron for their final farewell get together. The 69th APS is about to leave for a six-month deployment to the Middle East.

The Reserves really rolled out the red carpet for these guys. Airmen and their families were treated to a two nights stay at the Ritz-Carlton on Congressional dollars, thanks to the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program. In turn,deployers and their spouses attended morning briefings on the various entitlements available to them. While the briefings were taking place, their children were right next door at a daycare center staffed by a team of volunteers from the 459th Air Refueling Wing.

I captured the weekend’s festivities and broke off on the final day to take photos of all of the kids in attendance.

These guys and gals were a ton of fun to shoot. Seconds after I had my lighting setup in place, I had a line of kids volunteering to jump in front of my camera…and most of them didn’t even know why!

I wish their parents safe travels and am looking forward to welcoming them home in the fall.

Service Members – Day 17

Coming at you is you U.S. Army Captain Chad Ashe! Sorry…that was our battle cry in basic, minus the Cpt. Ashe part.

Chad entered the Army in May of 1998 as a Non-commissioned Officer and became parachute rigger while stationed in North Carolina.

As an NCO, Chad worked at the United States Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth until 2005, until he commissioned as a Officer and cross-trained to become a part of the branched military police.

Chad currently works as the deputy public affairs officer for the 4th Infantry Division located in Fort Carson, Colo.

Unfortunately, Chad wasn’t in my section, but supposedly he’s a pretty funny dude. Check out his big debut on The Weather Channel (Enter the codekcgvrnapdguriu)!