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Furlough, finance, resiliency

Posted March 7, 2013 by Commentary by Mike Starkey

So, here we are in early March realizing what we all had hoped to avoid has happened –  sequestration is here. A furlough may be just around the corner for Department of Defense civilian employees. As most have already heard, this equates to an approximately twenty-percent cut in pay. For many civilian employees, this is…

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Becoming a support system

Posted February 28, 2013 by Commentary by Senior Airman Camilla Griffin

When I decided to attend Victims Advocate training I didn’t know what to expect. I wanted to help victims because, as a big sister, I always worry about my three little sisters’ safety. One of my sisters is in her first year of college, another is going to college this fall and the last is…

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Sitting down with World War II veterans

Posted February 28, 2013 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Kevin Wilske

Throughout my career, I have volunteered several times. Most have been your standard bullet-worthy events; however, a recent opportunity caused me to look at volunteering in a whole new light. The event was an Honor Flight ceremony for World War II veterans held at the Pima Air and Space Museum. My job was to assist…

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History is not for me

Posted February 21, 2013 by Commentary by Senior Airman Timothy Moore

Whenever I fill out a form that asks me about my race, I take pride in marking the box labeled African American/Black. I am proud of my skin tone; my ethnicity; and to the extent that my knowledge of it allows me, my heritage; but I am not that fond of African American/Black History month….

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Everyone needs a hobby

Posted February 21, 2013 by Senior Airman Michael Washburn

Most people have a hobby: painting, stamp collecting and sewing. It’s a way to blow off steam after a long day at work. For Master Sgt. Kevin Wilske, 355th Fighter Wing Plans and Programs superintendent, he enjoys building works of art out of wood. Wilske’s wood working foundation began about two years ago. His hobby…

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Put down the phone, pick up a conversation

Posted February 14, 2013 by Commentary by Senior Airman Timothy Moore

Albert Einstein said, “I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots.” I first saw this quote one day on a social networking site, and it was accompanied by several photos of people sitting in social settings with one or more people messaging on…

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Act like a Superhero

Posted February 14, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. Brian Bischoff

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNS) — I was recently picking up a few items at a local retail chain at lunchtime; everywhere I walked, someone wanted to shake my hand or say, “Thank you for your service.” It made me proud to be wearing the uniform of the U.S. Air Force. While waiting…

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Enlisted Airmen overcome most stressful job of 2013

Posted February 7, 2013 by Commentary by 2nd Lt Rebecca Ennis

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — Are you feeling stressed yet? If not, you may soon feel the pressure. According to a report published by CNBC.com, “Enlisted Military Personnel” tops the chart for the most stressful job of 2013. As a new lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, my stress may be coming from…

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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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Physical fitness: Struggle between mind, body, pain

Posted January 24, 2013 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class Jared Trimarchi

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AFNS) — Losing weight isn’t easy. It took almost five months to accomplish my goal of losing 40 pounds.

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