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Laurie, I personally haven't had any experience reading USAF (Air Force) discharge papers, but!!!! You can find help close to you, contact your local Air Force Recruiter or Local Veterans Group such as: American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, they should have someone that could help you figure out the discharge papers.
Did you know that "duplicate" ribbons and award/metals can be requested at no cost from the U.S. Air Force? The only people that can request duplicates is the Veteran, in the case the Veteran (your dad) is deceased, then the spouse or child can request them. If either of the above situtations exist then you, your dad or mom can make a copy of that discharge paper, go to this website and fill out the form they request and send it to where they say and in about a year, you'll get them in the mail and NO cost. The website is: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/replacement-medals.html
You could also go to your local Veterans Administration Office and they could help you fill out the paperwork too! If your father is alive or if he is deceased there is other information that you could send for using the same form, but mailing it to a different address, just search the site above and read over that form they have you print. I wish you much luck and remember with dealing with the gov't you must be patient... Doris