Commentary

You can’t shrink the wall, but you can grow taller

Posted December 18, 2015 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — As the Holidays rapidly approach, many of us will reflect on our past year in the Air Force to see if it was time well-spent. We may look back at all we’ve done or haven’t done, and decide whether or not we feel fulfilled; whether or not we have contributed to…

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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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Commentary

Hiking Safety

Posted November 23, 2015 by Commentary by Tech. Sgt. Lucas Mielke

TUCSON, Ariz.  — With scenic views and an amazing variety of ecosystems within a short walk, Tucson is known for its hiking. As with any recreational activity, there are risks with hiking.  Especially in Tucson, the heat and the terrain can be very unforgiving at times.  Even being prepared with everything going right, accidents can still happen. …

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Maintenance versus repair … of our Airmen

Posted January 23, 2015 by Maj. Cameron Richardson

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNS) — This commentary is not about aircraft, vehicles, or even any mechanical components. It’s about our Airmen and how we manage their care and development throughout their careers. The maintenance versus repair concept is borrowed from the maintenance community and speaks to how maintenance managers plan, coordinate and…

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Who has heard of Special Victims’ Counsel?

Posted May 1, 2015 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Tierra Mills

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — When I first briefed the Special Victims’ Counsel Program at Right Start and First Term Airman Center briefings here, audience participation was slim to none. It appeared as though the group I briefed was not interested in learning more about our program or that they didn’t know anything about…

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Commentary

Triple Threat

Posted February 11, 2016 by Commentary by Capt. Kim Dowd

Now I know what you’re thinking, and no, we’re not talking about singing, dancing, and acting. What we’re talking about is the danger of energy drinks in addition to sauna or steam room use before physical activity. Some believe the use of a sauna or steam room prior to a physical fitness test can help…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Sparks/released)
Commentary

Get out of the Dorms

Posted October 13, 2015 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class Audra Stanton

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — One of the biggest issues with today’s generation is getting out of bed and away from electronics.  That said, the military today is no different. Any Airman living in the dorms what plans they have for the weekend, most of the time you will get an answer similar to “Videogames and…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Massey)
Commentary

Keep Your Holidays From Going Up in Flames

Posted December 21, 2015 by Commentary by Raymond LeClair

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. — For most of us, the holiday season represents a time for family festivities and good cheer. What few of us consider is that the holiday season is a time when there is an increased risk of home fires. According to Davis Monthan Fire Emergency Services, many households engage in holiday activities…

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Commentary

Becoming human again: developing the ability to empathize

Posted October 7, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. Jodi Martinez

From the moment we’re born, we need human interaction and crave to be understood. It can have a profound effect upon our personal lives by making us feel empowered or conversely by making us feel powerless if those needs are neglected. It also extends into our professional lives. In fact, many of the most successful…

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CCAF offers jump on education

Posted July 31, 2015 by Commentary by Senior Airman Spencer Brockman

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — The Community College of the Air Force was established in 1972 to recognize academic achievements for technical training by Air Force schools. It awards an associate in applied science degree to enlisted members of the active-duty Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command who have completed the course…

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