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Pokémon, Don’t

Posted July 18, 2016 by By courtesy of 96th Test Wing Judge Advocate office

Watch out! Everyone’s favorite game from the 90s is back, this time in form of a mobile phone application. That’s right, with Nintendo’s release of its new Pokémon Go mobile game, people across America are catching Pokémon fever again. Confused about how the game works? Well, Pokémon Go uses your mobile phone’s GPS to spot…

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Button your lip! Loose talk can cost lives

Posted April 3, 2015 by Commentary by Dennis Morris

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “Button your lip! Loose talk can cost lives,” was an operations security propaganda phrase used during World War II which still rings true today. It now goes beyond just buttoning your lips to include “zipping up” your social media sites. Safe web-browsing practices and OPSEC awareness are the best mitigation strategies…

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#BeThere before the call

Posted October 7, 2016 by by Master Sgt. Wendy Barraza

When the phone rings in the middle of the night, it’s like an alarm going off in your brain. No one calls at one in the morning to say they were “just thinking of you.” I received one of those calls 13 years ago and woke to my mom telling me my dad had died…

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Air Force everything

Posted January 8, 2016 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Blake

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb.  — On an average day, I eat, sleep and breathe Air Force.  My family is Air Force, my friends are Air Force, my coworkers are Air Force, my spouse is Air Force, I am Air Force. I bet there are a few skeptics out there who would say it’s unhealthy….

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Keeping the power through support

Posted October 26, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard

 Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. — Each October, Fort Eustis Fire Department personnel don pink shirts to raise awareness for breast cancer, but this year the cause hits close to home as a member of their team, Donna Haynes, was recently diagnosed with the disease. “At some point in your life, you will know someone who has cancer,…

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Exposing invisible wounds: a personal story about PTSD and healing

Posted June 27, 2018 by Capt. Mary Hook

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Brooks landed at Balad Air Base, Iraq, for the first time in January 2010. An airman 1st class at the time, Brooks was eager to be on his first deployment for the Air Force. “I was so excited about going. I was really blue early in my career–really blue,” Brooks said. Brooks,…

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Wildfire safety

Posted October 13, 2015 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class Alec Trusdell

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Poor visibility, difficulty breathing and extreme heat are only a few ways to describe the sensation of being near a wildfire. Wildfires are an unstoppable force that consumes anything in their path. They are a deadly hazard that can spark up at a moment’s notice from a negligent passerby’s cigarette or…

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Have faith in the Air Force system

Posted May 1, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Joshua Burke 

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, AZ — Throughout our Air Force careers, we have all received extensive training covering the Air Force core values — integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. We talk about them on a daily basis in one capacity or another using them as buzz words to drive our point…

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Hearts of strength

Posted April 6, 2018 by Story and photo by Airman Michael Murphy

She heard the dull and tiresome beep from a heart monitor as she lay in a dark hospital room March 12, 2014, in the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Alabama. Light cut into the room as the door opened and a doctor walked in, waking her and her husband, Kyle Kramer. The doctor informed…

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From active duty to Citizen Airman: Serving homeland and community

Posted December 16, 2015 by Commentary by Capt. Logan Clark

TUCSON, Ariz. — If joining the Armed Forces is a sign of a love for country, joining the National Guard might be a sign of devotion to the community. Life is unpredictable. I began my officer commissioning program believing I was going to be a research scientist. Priorities change and goals shift. I found myself passionate about…

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