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Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Holidays!

Posted December 18, 2014 by Commentary by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David DePinho

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — In our increasingly secular world, there is a growing misunderstanding that it is safer to say “Happy Holidays” during the Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza season, than to name the specific holiday which you or most other people celebrate. I am always drawn to explore these interesting dilemmas. I once read a…

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Down and out at Dyess: Air Force Assistance Fund to the rescue

Posted December 11, 2014 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Courtney Richardson

It was scary, leaving home and joining an organization such as the United States Air Force. The people, job, and location were all brand new. When I joined the military, I came from a less than honorable home life.  I come from a single family household and my brother left my sister and me as…

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Asking for help is sign of strength not weakness

Posted December 11, 2014 by Maj. Gen. Mark Brown and Master Sgt. Derik New

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Growing up I was a big fan of Muhammad Ali. He was the world heavyweight boxing champion and unashamedly referred to himself as “The Greatest.” I vividly remember a reporter asking Ali, “When did you know that you were ‘The Greatest?’” Before Ali could answer, the reporter offered, “Perhaps it was…

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“Little people like you make Christmas better”

Posted December 4, 2014 by Commentary by Capt. Jason Smith

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — “It’s little people that make the difference. Little people like you.” The fictional character Frank Shirley pitched his “little people” Christmas message to Clark Griswold in the 1989 movie “Christmas Vacation.” Although demeaning in a comical way, the little people reference is seen over and over in classic Christmas stories. Little…

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Thanksgiving and our Native Americans

Posted November 26, 2014 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Rooshell McCullough

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — On the fourth Thursday of every November, we as Americans celebrate the national holiday Thanksgiving. This day focuses on honoring the early settlers, and their harvest feast, which we know to be the “First Thanksgiving.” However, long before settlers came to the United States’ East Coast, the area was inhabited by…

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Keep safety in mind when cooking Thanksgiving feasts

Posted November 26, 2014 by Commentary by Keesler Fire Department

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. Cooking fires are the No. 1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries.  Every year hundreds of Americans die, thousands more are injured and roughly $500 million…

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Resolutions aren’t just for the new year

Posted November 20, 2014 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Scott Berge

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — It’s almost that time of year when most of us will commit to reforming a habit, lifestyle or just change our lives for the better. It starts when we take a critical look at ourselves and determine what we can do, or stop doing, to make the improvements we desire. These…

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How did we lose this young Airman?

Posted November 13, 2014 by Col. Donald Grannan

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — She was an Airman Leadership School distinguished graduate, earned staff sergeant her first time testing, received all 5s on her enlisted performance reports and took part in two deployments. Clearly she was a high-performing Airman. But, in her words, the Air Force had made it clear it didn’t…

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Air Force Enlisted Village: Not just a place to live, a place to call home

Posted October 23, 2014 by Commentary by Senior Master Sgt. Bill Fortenberry 

I first visited the Air Force Enlisted Village as a young first sergeant in 2009, when I was stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. I went to visit with the Tyndall Active Airmen’s Association, Tyndall’s E-1 to E-4 Professional Association, and was amazed at what I saw. This was also the first time I…

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New EPR challenges status quo

Posted October 16, 2014 by Commentary by Senior Master Sgt. Jason Boyle

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The enlisted performance report is going to drastically change. These changes seek to combat inflated ratings, which have been a prevalent complaint from Airmen over the years. The change is right around the corner and many Airmen are asking themselves, “How will it affect future promotions, and what can I do…

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