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D-M Airmen make lily pads

Posted January 25, 2016 by Commentary by Master Sgt Jamie Harwick

TUCSON, Ariz. — It can be hard having to spend time in the hospital.  There is the room you aren’t familiar with, the tests while hospital staff try to find out what is wrong with you, and the wires and needles you are stuck with.  Then there is the IV stand. For an adult, this can be…

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‘All in’ investing in tomorrow — Air Force Junior ROTC

Posted September 1, 2017 by by Lt. Gen. STEVEN KWAST

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — General of the Air Force Henry H. Arnold once said, “We must think in terms of tomorrow.” At Air University we do just that; tomorrow is our focus today. Throughout America’s history we have seen numerous studies link the education of our children to national security. One such report…

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A Change of Mind

Posted October 13, 2015 by Commentary by 2nd Lt. Sydney Smith

TUCSON, Ariz.  — The opposing team was on offense, driving hard down the field while kicking up pellets of rubber on their way toward the goal. I knew how this worked; I had done this many times before in every game since I was a kid. The last thing I remember is tracking the black and white…

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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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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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Let’s have a cup of coffee

Posted May 5, 2017 by by Maj. Gregory Lewis

Editor’s note: Maj. Gregory Lewis is an individual mobilization augmentee assigned to the Defense Technology Security Administration. Regardless of your profession, many of us have been in positions defining the required leadership and management qualifications as an expectation of our ability to execute our office. Like many things, no two are alike and not one…

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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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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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