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CAMPBELLSPORT, Wis. – Karen Gudex, mother of Senior Airman Rose Gudex, 21st Space Wing Public Affairs photojournalist at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., smiles as she receives a dandelion from her grandson, Avery, for Mother’s Day in May 2016. Karen passed away Aug. 25, 2016 from lunch cancer. (Courtesy photo) Dandelions aren’t weeds: Airman’s first Mother’s Day without mom
Every year as far back as I can remember, my brothers and I would pick handfuls of dandelions from the front yard to give our mom for Mother’s Day. She would smell them as if they were expensive roses and smile like she was the luckiest mom in the world. Of course, then she would rub them all over our faces so we each looked like we got in the middle of a marker fight.
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(U.S. Air Force photo by Craig Denton) To the best space wing, happy Thanksgiving
From the entire command team here at the 21st Space Wing, we want to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.
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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Senior Airman Rose Gudex, 21st Space Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, surrounds herself with her Air Force family from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., during difficult times. Gudex didn’t have a solid support system before joining the military, but found a family in her brothers and sisters in arms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman) Good night, mom
At the time, I did not realize how important it was to have a support system. I also didn’t understand the concept that family didn’t have to be related and could be anyone who cared enough to make sure you were OK.
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