When the Van Den Bergs welcomed their baby, David “D3” Randall, Liz left her special education teaching job to be a stay-at-home mom to D3. However, after learning about the LEAN program sponsored by AFAS, Liz learned the skills needed to start her own consulting business.
With a love for her country and the liberties we are afforded because of the men and women who serve to protect us, Callie Smith joined the U.S. Air Force in 2015. When she separated from the Air Force, AFAS helped her realize her dream of becoming an EMT through their Spouse Employment Program.
After suffering two injuries, one while deployed in Afghanistan, doctors determined that he would need reconstructive surgery on both knees and told him he would probably never run again. MSgt Guinn had a difficult, painful, and long recovery process over the course of several years. His recovery and life changed when he learned of the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) and the Warrior Games.
“I was so afraid of anyone thinking I was a bad Airman, but I finally realized asking for help isn’t a weakness; it’s a ladder that pulls you up,” SSgt Clarke shared.
The Lingenfelters have never been more grateful for their Air Force family. “Without you, we would not have found the hope to forge ahead and keep pushing to recovery.” Paying it forward, MSgt Lingenfelter says he and his family have chosen to stay in the area to support their military and local community, positive that both Tyndall and the community will recover.
The Dodges received a $1500 grant as part of $6.5 million that AFAS provided in hurricane relief to assist Airmen impacted by Hurricane Michael. Dodge said “The assistance AFAS provided was much appreciated and was exactly what Tyndall Airmen and their families needed! Thank you!”.