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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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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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The Air Force issued me my ‘kids’

Posted June 2, 2017 by by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — While I’ve decided to live a childfree lifestyle, the Air Force, in its infinite wisdom, saw the need to issue me two kids. They are both straight out of technical training and brand new to the Air Force — and one is still too young to accept an adult…

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Make time to mentor your Airmen

Posted April 24, 2015 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. MATTHEW WERNER

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, AZ — The Air Force is comprised of Airmen with many skills and talents. The backbone to our continued success is our men and women who strive to be excellent on a daily basis. However, there are times when our focus is derailed by our own personal and professional guidelines. I was taught…

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Work Overload! What I learned on the slopes of Aconcagua

Posted May 29, 2015 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Daniel Loveless

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Breathe, breathe, breathe. Step. Breathe, breathe, breathe. Step. It’s about 4 a.m. on a cool February morning, and I’m presently at 19,200 feet on Aconcagua, Argentina, the highest point in the Southern and Western Hemispheres. I’m part of a team of 13 climbers. Today is our summit day. There…

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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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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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(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Keeping the power through support

Posted October 26, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard

 Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. — Each October, Fort Eustis Fire Department personnel don pink shirts to raise awareness for breast cancer, but this year the cause hits close to home as a member of their team, Donna Haynes, was recently diagnosed with the disease. “At some point in your life, you will know someone who has cancer,…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubrey White/Released)
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New year, new you? Tips for successful resolutions

Posted January 4, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Denise Nevins

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. (AFNS) — Have you ever gone into the new year certain this will be the year you change your life for the better, but after just a few weeks, you fall right back into the same habits? Well, you are not alone. According to John Norcross, a distinguished professor of…

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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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