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                                                                                                                                                             Vol. 15, No. 26

 INSIDE                                                                                                                                                      First time at
„ Education benefits, 3                                                                                                                                      7KHWK)LJKWHU6TXDG-
„ ALS grads, 4
„ Why the PT test? 5                                                                                                                                         ron activation ceremony
„ Being frugal, not cheap, 6
„ 944th ASTS Airman                                                                                                                                          was Tuesday at Hollo-

    saves lives, 7                                                                                                                                           man Air Force Base, New
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                                                                                                       Senior Airman Leah Ferrante                           Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing

                                                                                                                                                             commander, sits on the

                                                                                                                                                             out for the ceremony. This

                                                                                                                                                             has been at Holloman.

                                                    Airman battles cancer, wins at life, Games

                    Senior Airman Devante Williams                  by Staff Sgt.                      LQ-XQH$WÀUVW.RUHQZDVXQVXUHZKHWKHU                                                               Samuel King Jr.
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LIGHTNING LEADERSHIP GOLD                                                                                                                                    Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Koren, 607th Air
                                       See Page 12                   56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs     “I was kind of like, ‘That’s weird, I’m not        control Squadron ground radar systems
                                                                                                       a wounded warrior, I just had cancer,’” he            NCO-in-charge and an Air Force Wound-
INDEX                                                  He is a model of good health. His slim          said. “But it turned out, because I had spent         ed Warrior athlete, removes his arrows
                                                    frame and clean-cut looks exude a quiet            a year in a patient squadron, I was eligible          from a target at an archery practice ses-
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Briefs..................................... 3       mostly bare except for a samurai sword                                                                   PHQWRI'HIHQVH:DUULRU*DPHVWUDLQLQJ
Spotlight ................................ 4        that sits on the top shelf of his desk. It            He attended an adaptive sports clinic,             camp at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
Diversions ........................... 20           UHSUHVHQWVKLVLQQHUZDUULRUDQGWKHÀJKW-         where he learned the different featured               7KH¿YHGD\WUDLQLQJFDPSVHUYHGDV
Sports.................................. 23         ing spirit he has used to overcome the chal-       sports and went on to compete and be                  their last practice session before the
                                                    lenges in his life.                                selected for the Air Force team. Koren                :DUULRU*DPHV-XQHWKURXJK
QUOTE OF THE WEEK                                                                                      competed in the 800- and 1500-meter runs,
                                                       In 2009, after returning from his fourth        recurve archery, recumbent cycling and was            having trials in life, you are made stronger.”
   “As leaders and managers we are                  deployment to Iraq, Tech. Sgt. Benjamin            on the volleyball team.                                  Koren has made many new friends and
charged with using our resources to the             Koren, 607th Air Control Squadron ground
utmost of our abilities. As Airmen, we              radar systems NCO-in-charge, was diag-                Koren placed 8th in archery, which was             benefited from talking to other warriors
have the responsibility to ensure our               nosed with testicular cancer. He underwent         the best out of the Air Force, and in the             who have gone through similar experi-
ZRUNFHQWHUVDUHDVHIÀFLHQWDVSRVVLEOH          surgery and radiation therapy, after which         WRS ÀYH LQ ERWK WUDFN HYHQWV UXQQLQJ D       ences. He is still recovering from some
As citizens, we are governed by laws to             his cancer went into remission. Five years         2:24 in the 800-meter run and 5:28 in the             of the negative effects of chemotherapy,
prevent waste. In order to preserve our             later, while stationed at Yokota Air Base          1500-meter run.                                       but he has returned to active duty. He
GHFOLQLQJUHVRXUFHVZHPXVWÀQGVROX-              in Tokyo, Japan, Koren took a knee to the                                                                is looking forward to spending time with
tions, big or small, that will allow us to          chest while doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He             While attending the games, Koren also              his wife and five children.
sustain inevitable and sudden losses.”              thought he might have broken a rib, but            helped warriors with medical group-related
                                                    what he discovered was far worse.                  activities, like MiCare.                                 The DOD Warrior Games are designed
         Master Sgt. James Castillo                                                                                                                          to introduce wounded, ill and injured
      WK0LVVLRQ6XSSRUW*URXS                       “It turned out that my ribs were OK, but           Since competing, Koren’s cancer has gone           service members and veterans to adap-
                                                    the doctors saw a tumor in my chest wall           into remission again, and his oncologist              tive sports and encourage them to stay
WEATHER                                             and wanted to get additional imaging to            says he has a 60-to-70-percent chance to              physically active when they return to
                                                    investigate, he said. “After performing a          OLYH DQRWKHU ÀYH WR WHQ \HDUV +H GRHVQ·W     their local communities.
                 Today                              &7VFDQDQG05,WKH\LGHQWLÀHGDWOHDVW          let his diagnosis slow him down. He con-
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             103°/82                                Medical Center in Hawaii. A biopsy of one          to his Airmen.
                                                    tumor revealed that it was the same cancer
                       Sunny                        I’d had before.”                                      “From all he has been through to where
                                                                                                       he is now, he has shown great persever-
                                                       With this devastating revelation, Koren         ance,” said Staff Sgt. Jeremy Tharp, 607th
                                                    left Japan and was assigned to the patient         ACS ground radar craftsman. “He still has
                                                    squadron at Luke Air Force Base to start           a good attitude after everything and is even
                                                    12 weeks of chemotherapy. While waiting            more determined.”
                                                    Koren received an email to participate in             From his hardships, Koren has learned
                                                    the Department of Defense Warriors Games           a valuable life lesson.

                                                                                                          “I think if you have everything easy in
                                                                                                       life, when something comes down the road,
                                                                                                       it’s harder to deal with,” he said. “I think by

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