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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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Memorial Day — More than just a day off from work

Posted May 24, 2013 by Kevin Rieders

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany  – Memorial Day is a young holiday, peculiarly observed. If you have not served on a detail, volunteered for Honor Guard, or flown a missing man formation over a military ceremony on Memorial Day, you may primarily associate this holiday with the running the Indianapolis 500, the beginning of our 101 Critical…

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ALS: A journey to becoming a successful leader

Posted November 21, 2013 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant

I was once told that a true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. I…

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Air Force Core Values: In times of transition

Posted June 26, 2014 by Major John Stiles

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Throughout the years plenty has been written about the Air Force Core Values. The values of Integrity, Service and Excellence are the cornerstones of who we are as Airmen on and off duty. Living up to these values when times are good is easy, but it’s when we’re going…

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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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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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Outdoor flag ceremonies: do you know what to do?

Posted March 29, 2012 by

When driving or walking by the flag pole on base while the U.S. flag is being raised or lowered, do you know what to do? I have to admit, this isn’t a question I have considered until today. I, like many here, have been getting it wrong for quite some time. But this morning our…

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