Photo by Tech Sgt. Brian E. Christiansen, NC Air National Guard.
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Wildfire safety

Posted October 13, 2015 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class Alec Trusdell

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Poor visibility, difficulty breathing and extreme heat are only a few ways to describe the sensation of being near a wildfire. Wildfires are an unstoppable force that consumes anything in their path. They are a deadly hazard that can spark up at a moment’s notice from a negligent passerby’s cigarette or…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Massey)
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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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Lupus: An invisible autoimmune disease

Posted June 1, 2018 by by Staff Sgt. OLIVIA DOMINIQUE

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — “You don’t look sick.” If I had a penny for every time I heard that statement, I would be a millionaire! But, I am sick. I have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, an autoimmune disease, which mistakenly attacks healthy tissues. It can affect the skin, joints, brain and other organs. In…

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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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U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Heather Heiney
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My brat makes me proud

Posted June 2, 2017 by by Staff Sgt. Heather Heiney

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. ­— Parents worry; it’s just what we do. We worry our child will get hurt. We worry we aren’t making the right decisions for them. We worry they’ve become irrevocably addicted to their iPad and that they really shouldn’t spend so much time watching videos of a 5-year-old millionaire open…

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Have faith in the Air Force system

Posted May 1, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Joshua Burke 

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, AZ — Throughout our Air Force careers, we have all received extensive training covering the Air Force core values — integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. We talk about them on a daily basis in one capacity or another using them as buzz words to drive our point…

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To do or to be? – A very good question

Posted June 26, 2015 by Commentary by Col. DANIEL SMITH

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — I am a huge fan of the Air Force Core Values. For a long time, I have felt that whatever board or individual developed the values got them absolutely right. In fact, every Airman, young or … seasoned, who comes into my squadron gets to sit down with me in my…

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Three pounds, 11 ounces of resiliency

Posted November 3, 2017 by by Senior Airman SHELBY HORN

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — As military members we are inundated with training and speeches about resiliency. We hear it so often that it can get dull and become just another checked box on your records, until the message gets personally delivered in a place you’d never expect. In 2016 my husband and I…

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U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Logan Clark
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Recycled oil shifts gears

Posted September 2, 2016 by

TUCSON, Ariz.— Your car could be running on recycled F-16 oil. At the 162nd Wing, all of the used oil from aircraft maintenance operations is collected and recycled. Yes, recycled. Just like in your car, aircraft need oil. It helps lubricate, cool, clean, seal and generally protect the parts and engine from corrosion. This oil…

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