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Helen Grace James holds images from her time in the Air Force. "The military was something I thought was really important," she told The Washington Post. Legal Aid at Work hide caption

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Kicked Out Of Air Force For Being Gay, Helen Grace James Wins Honorable Discharge

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A U.S. Air Force B-1B "Lancer" bomber flying with F-35B fighter jets and South Korean Air Force F-15K fighter jets during a training at the Pilsung Firing Range in South Korea in September. Handout/South Korean Defense Ministry vi hide caption

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Law enforcement officials continue their investigation at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas on Monday. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria gathered cadets, staff and others to urge them to have moral courage and protect their institution from racism. A video of the speech was released by the school. U.S. Air Force Academy hide caption

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Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley wrote, "The Army doesn't tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks. It's against our Values and everything we've stood for since 1775." Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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A pair of Chinese SU-30 fighter jets, like those pictured right, intercepted a U.S. Air Force WC-135 Constant Phoenix aircraft, like the one pictured left, on Wednesday over the East China Sea. AP hide caption

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A pilot prepares to launch an unmanned aerial vehicle from a ground control station earlier this year. The Air Force is moving to treat psychological stress faced by remote pilots and analysts a little more like the effects of traditional warfare. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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The Warfare May Be Remote But The Trauma Is Real

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For months, Security, Colo., resident Brenda Piontkowski has regularly visited this vending station to collect drinking water for her family. Grace Hood/Colorado Public Radio hide caption

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Chemicals In Drinking Water Prompt Inspections Of U.S. Military Bases

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An Afghan commando stands on the tarmac, wearing night vision gear. The elite commandos are about to fly into an area controlled by Taliban fighters. Their mission: to sweep a village for Taliban fighters. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Under U.S. Air Cover, Afghan Commandos Chase The Elusive Taliban

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A camera in the gondola of his balloon photographs Air Force Captain Joseph M. Kittinger Jr., as he starts the jump that set his record-breaking parachute jump over southern New Mexico on Aug. 8, 1960. Bettman/Corbis hide caption

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What It's Like To Freefall From 20 Miles Above The Earth

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The body of Air Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich is buried at Congressional Cemetery on July 2, 1988. Matlovich, recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart in Vietnam, became a gay rights figure during his five-year battle against the Air Force, which discharged him in 1975 for homosexuality. In 1980 Matlovich settled with the Air Force and received an honorable discharge. Ira Schwartz /AP hide caption

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'A Perfect Soldier': Remembering A Warrior In The Battle Against Homophobia

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Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III, announces that Northrop Grumman is awarded the US Air Force's next-generation long range strike bomber contract at a news conference at the Pentagon on Tuesday. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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French President Francois Hollande shakes hands with U.S. Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone on Aug. 24 after Stone and two friends were awarded the French Legion of Honor for subduing a gunman on a Paris-bound train. Kamil Zihnioglu/AP hide caption

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In Debut Novel, Air Force Officer Questions How We Honor Our Veterans

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Capt. Roger Moseley sits on the wing of an A-37 attack aircraft at Bien Hoa Air Base in Vietnam in 1971. His call sign in Vietnam was Ramjet — "because I don't have a lot of patience," Moseley says. Courtesy Roger Moseley hide caption

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After A Fiery Speech, A Top-Secret Job Offer In The Desert

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