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If it isn’t you, it’s the person next to you

Posted April 12, 2013 by Senior Airman Kelly Galloway

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. (AFNS) – “Hey sexy… you single?” I turned to see a fellow Airman in training; standing about 5 foot 8 inches tall, dark hair and eyes. Over the next four months, I heard this fellow classmate repeat the same line more than a couple dozen times. It wasn’t just me he had an eye…

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To serve with honor

Posted October 10, 2013 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class John Nieves Camacho

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. – “FIRING PARTY! TENCH HUT! READUP HACE! … Not quite up to par. Start over.” That was about the tempo of my first week assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing Base Honor Guard. Welcome to the life of the new guy. I remember stepping through the front door of the honor…

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Today’s MTIs, through the eyes of an old airman

Posted May 1, 2014 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – I normally don’t jump into the fray of Internet social commentary, but as Air Education and Training Command’s senior enlisted airman, I felt compelled after seeing many readers’ comments stemming from a March 31 news article on the court-martial of a former military training instructor. The article highlighted the former MTI’s…

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OPSEC: Everyone’s responsibility

Posted October 16, 2014 by Commentary by Dennis Morris

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – Everyone who’s been around the military has heard the term Operations Security, or OPSEC, but do they really know what it means? Many people think OPSEC is all about classified information, when the opposite is true; OPSEC targets critical and sensitive unclassified information. OPSEC is a fundamental principle of the Air…

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The weight loss ‘secret’

Posted June 1, 2012 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Anthony Bankes

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. (AFNS) — Two controversial topics that often dominate the headlines in our country are obesity and weight loss. We are bombarded day and night with advertisements for weight loss pills, diets and workout contraptions. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 34 percent of American adults 20 years and…

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Commentary: Thankfulness and an oak tree

Posted November 21, 2012 by Commentary by Senior Airman Jarad A. Denton

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — What are you thankful for? The question followed me the entire, extended weekend, as I struggled to write this article. It followed me as I made my way through the historic sites of Virginia. The air was unseasonably warm for November, as I walked through the remnants of Jamestown, Va….

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Why enforce the standards?

Posted June 13, 2013 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Vincent Brass

KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFNS) – In the military we constantly refer to “the standard.” Most standards are developed within Air Force instructions or technical orders. They are what sets us apart from our civilian counterparts. Webster’s dictionary defines a standard as “something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model, or example.” We weigh…

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Detached supervision breeds average performance

Posted December 12, 2013 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Antonio Lindley

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  – Growing up as a child, I got in trouble for getting a “C” grade for my school work and it reflected on my report card. My mother, actively involved in my childhood development, instilled an ethos: “There is an enemy called average; you are not average and an average score isn’t…

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Motorcycle Safety: Watch out

Posted July 10, 2014 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Steve Stanley 

Langley AFB, Va. – They are sentences that have been repeated by thousands, “I lost someone in a motorcycle accident” or even “I was hurt in a motorcycle accident”. In 2012 alone, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the U.S. with an additional 93,000 injured. Death is the ultimate price to pay for anything, and the odds of someone…

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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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