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What If

Posted April 5, 2013 by Maj. Aaron Maynard

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — How many of us can truthfully say they don’t have regrets? I’m talking about the times you have asked yourself, what if? What if I had taken those college classes? What if I had worked a little harder toward making rank? What if I had capitalized on an opportunity…

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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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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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Resiliency combats challenges

Posted March 14, 2013 by Commentary by Retired Chief Master Sergeant Vincent L. Howard

The challenges faced by Airmen are many. Beyond the immediate physical threats generated by deployments, our Airmen must deal with the mental and social effects of being in a high-intensity, stressful and dangerous environment, sometimes for months at a time. These same deployments often force spouses to become “single parents,” due to the myriad of…

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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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