8/26/2014 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Nominations are being accepted and reviewed for inclusion in Portraits in Courage, Vol. IX, now through Oct. 13.
"For seven years now Portraits in Courage has told Airmen's stories of
courage, valor and heroism," said Lt. Col. Paul Baldwin, the Secretary
of the Air Force Public Affairs Engagement Division deputy. "Airmen
perform incredible feats every day and their stories exemplify our
warrior ethos. This is an excellent way to share them."
Air Force officials said packages should focus on leadership, valor,
courage, exemplary performance and commitment, or service above self in
either a combat, combat support role or extraordinary event outside the
normal call of duty.
Submissions should highlight the nominees' accomplishments during the
previous two years and appeal to an audience of Airmen, their families
The 300-500 word pieces, officials added, should be in narrative format
and not only shed light on the Airman's career field, but relate a
compelling story that reinforces the service's core values, culture and
the Airman's Creed.
Packages must include the nominees' biography, SURF, nomination form and
three supporting high-resolution digital photos (no less than 300
pixels per inch), featuring the Airman in action and donned in his or
her Airman battle uniform, flight-duty uniform or equivalent tactical
Individuals wishing to submit a story should contact their base
public affairs office and submit their nomination packages to their
respective major command, two-letter or direct reporting unit, who can
each send up to five packages.
Questions regarding submissions can be emailed to email@example.com.
To view previous editions of Portraits in Courage, click here.
The following is an example of a narrative submission:
"Veronica [Cox] is an intel Airman. She was acting as an intel
analyst when the earthquake devastated Japan and all the aftermath that
came. Because she spoke fluent Japanese she volunteered to help any way
she could. So one night, sitting on a Pave Hawk helicopter doing damage
assessment and intel collection from that helicopter they flew over an
area of the local landscape where she saw a bunch of rocks arranged on
the ground in the low light that looked like Japanese characters. So she
asked the pilot to descend. She saw that no kidding, it was a sign
calling for help. She directed him to go lower, and they found 200
isolated civilians. She hoisted down to the roof of the building they
were in and when her feet hit the top of the roof she yelled in
Japanese, "We're the U.S. Air Force and we're here to help." ...What an
incredible story. She helped save 200 lives that night. And on nine more
combat search and rescue missions she saved a lot more." - General