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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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Credit: (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Siuta B. Ika)
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Youth programs combat negative influences

Posted August 16, 2012 by Commentary by Kimberly Gilman

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — If you have children, especially teenagers, you already know the harrowing statistics that illustrate the dangers they face in the world today.

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Choose life, because YOU matter!

Posted August 10, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden

You can’t concentrate and your decision-making capabilities have been taken over by a dark fog. You’re just so unbelievably weak and tired because you’ve lost that spark for life. You try desperately to smile to appease everyone around you, but it hurts. The guilt and incred-ible sense of helplessness and self-doubt comes crashing in waves…

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A moment on the lips will surely delay trips

Posted August 10, 2012 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Gina M. Paige

There is nothing more satisfying than holding my husband in a long embrace after six-months of separation. Even after several deployments, it just doesn’t seem to get old. While our significant others are gone we have this sense of pride – a right to brag about where they are and what they are doing –…

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Doing the right thing

Posted August 3, 2012 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class Timothy Moore

Integrity first. Service before self. Excellence in all we do. These are the U.S. Air Force core values. From the day a person swears in, he or she is expected to incorporate these ideals into work, study, and even play. They are expected to embed these values in their hearts. They are expected to live…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airmen Brittany N. Dowdle)
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Dagger Point with Col. Jose Sanchez

Posted August 3, 2012 by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle

Col. Jose Sanchez is the director of plans for 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) and a B-2 pilot. He also spent time as chief of the master...

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Who sets the first impression for your unit?

Posted July 26, 2012 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia

Recently, I was at the Tucson International Airport returning home from a TDY when I noticed a very young airman basic; who from all appearances was arriving at his first-duty location. We were both at the luggage claim area at the same time and I took note that he was lugging around basically everything he…

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Acceptance…do you have what it takes?

Posted July 26, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden

No one person is alike. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, genders and have different views on religious, political and sexual preferences, and they are judged unnecessarily because of it. You may not agree with someone’s preferences, but the thing is that you don’t have to agree. You do, however, have to be professional,…

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Chief’s Perspective: Analog leadership in digital times

Posted July 19, 2012 by Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Roy

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The United States Air Force is the world’s most advanced air, space and cyberspace force. Most of that can be attributed to you — our outstanding Airmen — but technology also…

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What’s your story?

Posted July 19, 2012 by Commentary by Col. Jonathan Sutherland

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — I remember the phone call three years ago like it happened an hour ago. My sister called to tell me our dad had died unexpectedly in his sleep. Among the many emotions I encountered shortly thereafter, I distinctly remember reflecting on my dad’s Air Force service as I…

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