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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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Fallen Airman remembered on anniversary of death

Posted May 24, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. John Neeley

Four years ago, following an honorable career as an Air Force Master Sergeant, the Davis-Monthan AFB and Air Force Communities lost one of its retired defenders. On June 1, 2008 in Tucson, Ariz., an armed man fired a rifle into the homes of two of his neighbors and fled as the first responding Pima County…

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Request an absentee ballot today

Posted October 11, 2012 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, members of this country will flock to polling places around the country. Voters of all races, political parties, and demographics will actively participate in the selection of the next president of the United States. We, as service men and women, must vote in our official “state of residence.” Most of us,…

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Education – it’s free, take advantage of it

Posted July 18, 2013 by Commentary by 1st Lt. Gregory Thomas

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — One benefit we have as military members is the opportunity for a free education. Surprisingly, many individuals do not take advantage of this and go their entire careers without ever stopping by the education center. This is extremely common, but hopefully this article will provide some resources to those thinking about…

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Making today count

Posted February 6, 2014 by Commentary by Lt. Col. David Woodley

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — There are a lot of changes happening within the Air Force today as well as the continued debates in our government concerning the future of all military personnel. With debates on military benefits that range from medical care to retirement pay, and with the looming force reduction boards, it would be…

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A photojournalist’s perspective of an AFSOUTH mission

Posted August 14, 2014 by Commentary by Tech. Sgt. Heather R. Redman

There I was lying in bed. My eyes slowly opened and I was instantly irritated, because my alarm hadn’t gone off yet. I hate waking up before I have to. For a moment I forgot where I was. The bed was too comfortable, the room too clean and there was food in the fridge, so…

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Military leads the way in equal opportunity

Posted March 12, 2015 by 2nd Lt. Ryan Young

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — What does it take to change a nation? What force has the power to move millions of people in their fundamental views of the world? For Christopher Daniels, a U.S. Air Force colonel, that answer is simple: leadership. In his words, “The true agent of change is true leadership.”…

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Standards and Accountability – Who are you going to be today?

Posted July 12, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Alexander Gordon

How you answer this one simple question can determine the course of your entire day. You see, who we are is not determined by what happens to us but rather in how we respond to what has happened. Therefore, we have the ability to determine who we are going to be every day. We are…

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Pay yourself first

Posted January 31, 2013 by Commentary by Maj. Austin Hood

THULE AIR BASE, Greenland (AFNS) — My grandparents used to say to me, “Pay yourself first.” Being only 10 years old at the time, I’d shrug my shoulders, give them my best thanks-for-the-advice look and say “OK.” But deep down inside, I didn’t really know what they meant. After all, I was just a kid…

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It takes a village

Posted March 29, 2013 by Senior Master Sgt. Haisshia Havens

Courtesy Photo Senior Master Sgt. Haisshia Havens (left) explains the benefits of a drug free lifestyle during a health fair at her sons’ school March 19. School officials asked Havens, a former Air Force Office of Special Investigations agent, to attend the fair to help educate parents and students about drug and alcohol abuse prevention….

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