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Are you carrying the FLAG?

Posted February 27, 2014 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. John Bennett

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — With so many challenges and distractions hitting us every day, it can sometimes be difficult to keep focused and maintain a healthy perspective. Many things can affect your outlook – the daily grind (“Ground Hog Day”), changes in processes and procedures, a different work environment or just knowing it’s your turn…

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Eliminating stigma: A leadership responsibility

Posted September 11, 2014 by Lt. Col. Chris Karns

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As a child, a close relative of mine committed suicide. In those days, mental health was only discussed in hushed tones and little support was available. I was shaped by this experience and in my military career, I have tried to create an environment where people feel comfortable discussing their problems and…

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Becoming stronger through failure

Posted April 16, 2015 by Commentary by Senior Airman Anania Tekurio

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D.  — Failing the Air Force physical training test: my greatest fear since joining the military. It is embarrassing to admit recently that fear came to fruition, but what I have learned through that failure has become one of my greatest strengths. After failing, I definitely felt like a weak person for not…

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More than recruiter’s assistance

Posted May 3, 2012 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class Shane M. Phipps

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — Within the military, we are expected to put the needs of the service before our own. Often this means spending significant time not only away from loved ones, but the places we call home as well. The Air Force however, offers a program which enables us to have…

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Sir, the mission has changed

Posted September 13, 2012 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Jose LugoSantiago

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas — In a speech at the Cooper Union in New York City on Feb. 27, 1860, President Abraham Lincoln said, “Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.” He called to all…

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The difficult discussion

Posted April 26, 2013 by Todd Rose

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AFNS) — Death is a subject that all too often no one wants to talk about until there is no option. Usually we only discuss it when confronted with death due to the loss of a family member, friend or co-worker. We are a unique group of people here. We face death…

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Note to breast cancer: ‘I am not your victim’

Posted October 24, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Russ Scalf

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNS) — I’m sure by now most people don’t need to be reminded that October is breast cancer awareness month. How could you have missed it? With all the ribbons, “Save the Ta-Tas” T-shirts, bracelets, earrings, shoe laces and other pink doodads it’s fairly hard to forget. Don’t get…

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Putting the ‘memorial’ back into Memorial Day

Posted May 22, 2014 by Commentary by Air Force Col. David Stimac

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — A few years ago I was asked to speak at a Memorial Day ceremony for a retirement community in St. Petersburg, Fla. I am not sure why I was asked, as I certainly did not feel qualified to speak to a crowd of proud veterans on Memorial Day. I am…

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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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Staying safe during flash flood season

Posted July 16, 2015 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Paul Fernandez

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — July is here with high temperatures and a high chance of flash flooding. The months with the highest probability for thunderstorms are July through September. Las Vegas’ annual rainfall is approximately 4.13 inches, and while this may not seem like a lot of rain, the elevation of Las Vegas makes a…

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