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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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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Lessons from failure

Posted October 5, 2018 by emmauribe

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Thirty-two. Thirty-three. Thirty-four. Thirty-five — time’s up. Somewhere in Texas a senior airman failed his fitness test. He couldn’t complete the minimum requirement for abdominal crunches. Dragging himself back to his car, ashamed and furious with himself, he realized that he was now one of those Airmen he looked…

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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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American, coalition airmen mark 3 years of lethal airpower against ISIS

Posted September 1, 2017 by by Lt. Gen. JEFF HARRIGIAN

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — In early 2014, people across the globe were horrified by images of a menacing force sweeping across the Middle East, overwhelming superior armies and brutalizing those unfortunate enough to fall beneath its black shadow of terror. Nearly a month after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria announced the…

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Eyewitness to tragedy; how to deal

Posted April 5, 2019 by by Airman 1st Class ZOIE RIDER

Tragedy is a part of life. But what can make or break an individual is how they deal with such tragedies. I grew up in a very small, rural town where you either knew every person or at least knew of them. Dull, flickering street lamps illuminate the streets and the taverns are filled with…

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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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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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