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I was abused, why I ignored it

Posted November 4, 2016 by by 931st Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

“I swear I would never have hit anyone, but her …” As I sat in a couple’s therapist’s office, my husband spoke the words that would one day become his mantra. Statements were often preceded with, “I’ve never hit anyone,” or “This wouldn’t have happened if you had just …” This was my life for…

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Point of finger pointing moot — everyone’s doing it

Posted November 4, 2016 by by Lisa Smith Molinari

Ironically, one of our smallest, weakest body parts — the finger — often wields the most power. That one diminutive digit can instill fear, anxiety, surprise, guilt or joy. Fingers identify winners, fingers pull triggers, and fingers place blame. If I only had a dollar for every time my father pointed a calloused finger in…

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Becoming human again: developing the ability to empathize

Posted October 7, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. Jodi Martinez

From the moment we’re born, we need human interaction and crave to be understood. It can have a profound effect upon our personal lives by making us feel empowered or conversely by making us feel powerless if those needs are neglected. It also extends into our professional lives. In fact, many of the most successful…

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#BeThere before the call

Posted October 7, 2016 by by Master Sgt. Wendy Barraza

When the phone rings in the middle of the night, it’s like an alarm going off in your brain. No one calls at one in the morning to say they were “just thinking of you.” I received one of those calls 13 years ago and woke to my mom telling me my dad had died…

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Absentee voter tips for military members

Posted September 28, 2016 by

DOD photograph Members of the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team pass on the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s message for U.S. military and overseas citizens to submit their absentee ballots in time for the upcoming general election. With less than two months until the general election on Nov. 8, absentee voters are beginning to receive their…

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Recycled oil shifts gears

Posted September 2, 2016 by

TUCSON, Ariz.— Your car could be running on recycled F-16 oil. At the 162nd Wing, all of the used oil from aircraft maintenance operations is collected and recycled. Yes, recycled. Just like in your car, aircraft need oil. It helps lubricate, cool, clean, seal and generally protect the parts and engine from corrosion. This oil…

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Journey to recovery

Posted July 28, 2016 by Senior Airman Kyle Johnson

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AFNS) —  Then-Tech. Sgt. Janet Lemmons realized she couldn’t breathe in the hospital room. It was as if there wasn’t enough space for her family’s grief and the air collectively. She had to get out. Lemmons stepped into the elevator that would take her someplace where she could breathe, but the…

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Pokémon, Don’t

Posted July 18, 2016 by By courtesy of 96th Test Wing Judge Advocate office

Watch out! Everyone’s favorite game from the 90s is back, this time in form of a mobile phone application. That’s right, with Nintendo’s release of its new Pokémon Go mobile game, people across America are catching Pokémon fever again. Confused about how the game works? Well, Pokémon Go uses your mobile phone’s GPS to spot…

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A dedicated father, Airman laid to rest

Posted June 21, 2016 by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. — Two months after the tragic and sudden passing of Lt. Col. William “Bill” Schroeder, the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard laid him to rest with full military honors June 16, at the Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. More than 100 family members, teammates and service members attended the service to honor Schroeder,…

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Everybody loves Ramos

Posted April 7, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.— What is it to be a hero? When hearing this word one probably automatically associates it with ‘super’ in front of it or pictures a caped crusader. One tends to lose sight that there are real-life heroes performing brave acts every day, but what defines what it really means to…

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