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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hometown News: Ashley Wood

Air Force Airman 1st Class Ashley M. Wood has been named the 2008 U.S. Air Forces in Europe's Outstanding New Photographer of the Year.

Selection was based on the individual's exemplary duty performance, job knowledge, leadership qualities, teamwork, significant self-improvement, personal achievements, notable accomplishments, and community service and support.

The award is given to photographers with less than two years of experience in the photography career field.

Wood, a still photographic apprentice with one year of military service, is assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy.

She is the daughter of Deborah Wood of W. Paine St., Sevierville, Tenn., and William Wood of McKeithen Place, Millbrook.

The airman is a 2005 graduate of Sevier County High School, Sevierville.

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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