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Don’t worry, help is here

Posted September 20, 2012 by Commentary by Roselyn Lacsamana

Mental health plays an essential role in shaping one’s life. A person free of excessive anxiety, stress and worry is more capable of living life to the fullest. A mentally fit person maintains a positive self image and interacts well with co-workers, family and friends. With this in mind, the Air Force Reserve Command created…

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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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Airmen have a choice — get bitter or get better

Posted September 6, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Joel W. Shepherd

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — As warriors in today’s Air Force we face many overwhelming challenges. These challenges include an ever-expanding mission, a constantly shrinking manpower pool, a diminishing budget, an increasing overload of personal stressors, a demanding environment of “multi-hatted” duties at all levels and the same expectation of excellence in all areas…

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Attacking symptoms of suicide

Posted September 6, 2012 by Commentary by Capt. Scott Taylor

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — As an area defense counsel in the Air Force, it is my job to represent Airmen who get in legal or administrative trouble, and I love my job. I have spent the majority of my legal career as an attorney representing people in trouble, both as a civilian…

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Federal employees reminded to maintain professionalism with contractors

Posted September 6, 2012 by Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Litchfield

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — It takes integrity to run a world-class business. As the new Air Force Sustainment Center commander, I’m challenging our personnel to strive for world-class results. I want to improve our business and give our warfighter the best product with the highest quality, on time and on cost. In this…

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My job is prosecuting sexual assault

Posted August 29, 2012 by Commentary by Col. Don M. Christensen

Here’s a simple truth…sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are “blue on blue,” or Airmen victimizing other Airmen. So in addition to rejecting our core values, these undisciplined Airmen reject the Wingman concept that…

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Deployed NCO gains experience, confidence

Posted August 29, 2012 by Master Sgt. Shawntell Miller

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — When I was contacted to write a few words for the base paper, my first reaction was excitement.

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It takes a village to fight depression in our Air Force

Posted August 23, 2012 by Commentary by Maj. Rene Saenz

We believe as Airmen that we belong to the greatest service and institution in the world. This is ingrained in us from the time we take the oath and every day thereafter, until we separate or retire. Time after time we understand and accept the challenge that there is a very small margin for error….

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Youth programs combat negative influences

Posted August 16, 2012 by Commentary by Kimberly Gilman

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — If you have children, especially teenagers, you already know the harrowing statistics that illustrate the dangers they face in the world today.

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Choose life, because YOU matter!

Posted August 10, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden

You can’t concentrate and your decision-making capabilities have been taken over by a dark fog. You’re just so unbelievably weak and tired because you’ve lost that spark for life. You try desperately to smile to appease everyone around you, but it hurts. The guilt and incred-ible sense of helplessness and self-doubt comes crashing in waves…

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