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Image description: Cpl. Justin Cope climbs a jungle gym with students during recess at Palm Vista Elementary School in Twentynine Palms, Calif., Marines visited the school for the first time as part of the Adopt-a-School program. 
Photo from the U.S. Marines.

Image description: Cpl. Justin Cope climbs a jungle gym with students during recess at Palm Vista Elementary School in Twentynine Palms, Calif., Marines visited the school for the first time as part of the Adopt-a-School program. 

Photo from the U.S. Marines.

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From the National Archives:

Edgar Allan Poe: January 19, 1809 - October 7, 1849

Edgar A. Poe,  From the series: Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes

Enlistment Papers for Edgar A. Perry [Poe], 05/26/1827

Literary icon Edgar Allan Poe was born 205 years ago on January 19, 1809.  

Among the holdings at the National Archives are records from Poe’s military career. Frequently in debt, he joined the Army at age 18 in 1827 during one of his bouts of financial difficulties.  His enlistment papers show the master of fiction at work, falsifying his name (“Edgar A. Perry”) and age (22, four years older than his real age at the time). The paper also described him as being 5 feet 8 inches tall, with brown hair, gray eyes, and a fair complexion. 

Poe’s military career fared little better than one of his doomed characters.  While he managed to get a coveted appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he was eventually court-martialed and dismissed within seven months.

Image description: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Bryce Benton, an aircraft electrical and environmental technician with the 149th Maintenance Squadron, performs maintenance on an Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft.
The squadron was responsible for repairing and maintaining a fleet of 23 F-16s, all of which required routine maintenance every 300 flying hours. 
Photo by Airman 1st Class Krystal Ardrey, U.S. Air Force.

Image description: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Bryce Benton, an aircraft electrical and environmental technician with the 149th Maintenance Squadron, performs maintenance on an Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft.

The squadron was responsible for repairing and maintaining a fleet of 23 F-16s, all of which required routine maintenance every 300 flying hours. 

Photo by Airman 1st Class Krystal Ardrey, U.S. Air Force.

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The U.S. Air Force participates in Operation Christmas Drop, the longest running humanitarian airlift mission in the world.
Airmen deliver donated goods to islands in the Pacific around the holidays. Learn more about this yearly mission.
Photo from the Department of Defense.

Image description: Happy Holidays to you and your family!

The U.S. Air Force participates in Operation Christmas Drop, the longest running humanitarian airlift mission in the world.

Airmen deliver donated goods to islands in the Pacific around the holidays. Learn more about this yearly mission.

Photo from the Department of Defense.