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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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Slowest of suicides

Posted July 25, 2013 by Commentary by Airman Ryan Conroy

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AFNS) — I’ve been slowly killing myself for the past three years. I intentionally inhale toxins that destroy my lungs and heart. I smoke cigarettes. But, I’m quitting — again. According to the health and wellness center’s tobacco cessation class, the average smoker will attempt to quit five to seven times before achieving…

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Are you a complete Airman?

Posted February 13, 2014 by Commentary by Senior Master Sgt. Michael Hansell

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — There are many types of Airmen in today’s Air Force, but what type of Airman are you? Are you the type that comes in, does your job and goes home? Or, the one that does good work but isn’t interested in going above and beyond the minimum requirements? Or, are you…

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Summer burnout

Posted August 14, 2014 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Steve Stanley

Langley Air Force Base, Va. — Some of the very things we enjoy during the summer can also wear us down. Juggling work, family schedules, vacation times, and outdoor squadron activities can take a toll. The chronic engagement of these activities can cause stress, fatigue and eventually summer burnout. According to the American Psychological Association,…

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Bring ‘invisible class’ into view

Posted March 26, 2015 by Commentary by Jerold Haupt

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — When I was a young boy, my father explained to me that there was dignity in work. He told me to always respect the worker regardless of how thankless or menial their job may appear to be. He said that you never know the burdens a person may be carrying, or…

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Leaders should walk and talk instead of click and send

Posted April 19, 2012 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Harold L. Hutchison

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFNS) — Recently, I received and reviewed, with great concern, the alarmingly high Air Force suicide rates for fiscal 2012. As of March 27 we have had 30 suicides for the year compared to 23 at this same time last year. You may be thinking, “Chief, why are you telling…

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My job is prosecuting sexual assault

Posted August 29, 2012 by Commentary by Col. Don M. Christensen

Here’s a simple truth…sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are “blue on blue,” or Airmen victimizing other Airmen. So in addition to rejecting our core values, these undisciplined Airmen reject the Wingman concept that…

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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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Combined Federal Campaign: Why I give

Posted October 3, 2013 by Commentary by Tech. Sgt. B. Jones

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — I was sitting in a daze in a cold and uninviting waiting area outside an emergency operating room about one month before my high school graduation in 2005. I listened to the robotic beeps of medical machinery when I realized my life was about to change forever. Earlier that night,…

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