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Suicide Prevention: Don’t be afraid to ask ‘why’

Posted September 26, 2013 by Commentary by Anonymous

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – I was a young Airman, accused of a crime I didn’t commit – I faced a court martial with an outcome of a dishonorable discharge, years in prison and civil limitations for the rest of my life. I was ultimately found not guilty, but not before I tried to kill myself….

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Professionalism, mission focus, and a new way forward for base inspections

Posted April 3, 2014 by Commentary by Col. Kevin E. Blanchard

Professionalism, mission focus, and a new way forward known as the Air Force Inspection System – those three things sum up what members of the Desert Lightning Team should take away from last week’s Unit Effectiveness Inspection. The Air Combat Command Inspector General Team conducted the 355th Fighter Wing’s Capstone event, known as a UEI,…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski)
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Fire Prevention Week 2014

Posted October 9, 2014 by Commentary by Charles Leclair

When was the last time you tested the smoke alarms in your home? Was it last week? Last month? A year ago? The 2014 Fire Prevention Week campaign ran from Oct. 5-11. This year’s theme was “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” It is all about keeping you, your family, and the…

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‘What do I do now?’

Posted May 24, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. April Little

“What do I do know? I don’t want to get out of the Air Force.” Unfortunately, that is a common question I get asked as the base career advisor. With today’s economy and job market, many Airmen are making the decision to continue their military career rather than compete for what little jobs are available…

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Frank’s OPSEC “Put that Stuff on Everything”

Posted October 11, 2012 by Commentary by Major Kenneth Knox

Have you ever had the hair on the back of your neck stand up just before you hit the send button on the old e-mail machine? If you haven’t, you may just be unaware of the troublesome issues that go along with transmitting information across the ether space. With the amount and types of information…

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His kind is that good

Posted May 30, 2013 by Paula Spooner

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – The national news has been quite captivating lately. I’m referring to that astounding discovery of three young women – missing 10 years — in an otherwise ordinary Cleveland suburb. Because abductions don’t often result in such a positive outcome, this particular story was pretty wonderful. I just can’t help pointing out…

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This Thanksgiving focus on what really matters

Posted November 26, 2013 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. C. Lipphardt

JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. – If you want the perfect Thanksgiving, remember this: what time you eat doesn’t matter, the table setting doesn’t matter, who wins the football game doesn’t matter, and most importantly, the food doesn’t really matter. What matters are the shared moments with our friends and families, and the warm memories that will…

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(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina D. Ponte)
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Independence Day Fireworks Safety

Posted July 3, 2014 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Candice C. Page

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Independence Day provides Americans an opportunity to celebrate a very important part of our country’s rich history. Celebrating this holiday with fireworks is a common tradition; however, not incorporating safety may turn the festivities into an agonizing memory when Airmen or their families are injured while using fireworks. Few…

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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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Enlisted Airmen overcome most stressful job of 2013

Posted February 7, 2013 by Commentary by 2nd Lt Rebecca Ennis

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — Are you feeling stressed yet? If not, you may soon feel the pressure. According to a report published by CNBC.com, “Enlisted Military Personnel” tops the chart for the most stressful job of 2013. As a new lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, my stress may be coming from…

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