You couldn’t ask for anything better,” Lopez said. “Anything I need, if they don’t know how to do it, they bring someone in who does. In the military, the medical field has an important purpose, and, to me, they’re the best in the world.”
The American public remembers John Glenn for his solo orbit around Earth. They remember Neil Armstrong for his walk on the moon.
But few remember how Col. (Dr.) Vance H. Marchbanks Jr., one of the first black flight surgeons in the Army and the first in the Air Force, made it possible for them and all other astronauts to complete their historic journeys.
Families, friends, and coworkers wait for members of the 555th Fighter Squadron to return from deployment Oct. 24 at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The 555th FS was deployed to Afghanistan for six months.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jenay Randolph)
A Republic of Singapore Air Force F-15SG Strike Eagle aircraft sits on the flight line at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, Aug. 15, 2011. A fire near the base shut down flying operations and personnel were evacuated from flight line buildings as the fire approached the base.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Gina Chiaverotti-Paige/Released)