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Never saw this coming: Lessons learned in trying times

Posted March 22, 2012 by Staff

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — I had the world by the tail: U. S. Air Force Academy graduate, Air Force pilot, six-time commander, 30-year Air Force career, and two stars; fit, healthy and strong. But subtle problems appeared out of nowhere: occasional vertigo, mild persistent headaches, cognitive challenges, having to stop during a…

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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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Who, what do you serve?

Posted March 22, 2013 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — How many articles are there in the Constitution of the United States of America? How many times has the Constitution been amended? Why do we have an Air Force when only an Army and Navy are specifically mentioned in the Constitution? If you do not know the answer to…

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Dagger Point: A First Sergeant’s point of view

Posted September 26, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant

Master Sgt. Angela Womack is the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) First Sergeant. She began her 18-year career as an Aerospace Medical Technician. In addition to holding a variety of positions in the medical career field, she has also served as the Professional Military Education Instructor for Airman Leadership School and the Family Readiness…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Reel)
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The last bite

Posted March 20, 2014 by Commentary by Senior Airman Christopher Reel

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Shake, take, salute and pose for a photo–Tyndall’s 2014 March Enlisted Promotion Ceremony was carrying on as usual. I raised my camera, waited for the grip and grin moment and then took the photo of family members tacking on the member’s stripes. As I raised my camera, getting ready for the…

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A service-before-self mentality

Posted October 9, 2014 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Tyrone Davis

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Do you have a service-before-self mentality? Do you take advantage of leadership opportunities? If you were nominated for a Developmental Special Duty, how would you respond if it was in a role you felt uncomfortable with? Would you volunteer to go on a deployment today if the opportunity presented itself? Back…

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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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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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