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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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Drivers continue to hit dead end after answering automobile ads claiming Exchange affiliation

Posted October 13, 2015 by

DALLAS – An individual or individuals using the “Exchange Inc.” name to handle vehicle purchases has once again been placing advertisements in auto magazines and commercial newspapers, leading Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers to believe they’re purchasing a vehicle through the Department of Defense (DoD) retailer. “This has been an issue in the past…

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Commentary: Changes to the Air Force’s post-partum policies

Posted September 3, 2015 by

UNITED KINGDOM – On July 8, I received an e-mail informing me that I was within 90 days of my deployment window. My first reaction was, “Great, I have to do a ton of CBTs.”[computer-based training]. I quickly realized there was a high probability that in just three months, I would be deploying and miss…

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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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AF Study: Why Airmen remain in the Service

Posted July 24, 2015 by Commentary by Capt. Renea Skelton and Dr. Dennis R. Clodi, EdD. AFFOR

Southwest Asia — U.S. Air Force senior leaders are witnessing elevated retention rates due to military members remaining in the service beyond their initial service commitment.  The increase in retention rates produces challenges to enact the congressionally-mandated force reductions, which creates budget dilemmas.  By understanding the military members’ motives, budget decision makers can understand why the current…

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Take the time to fulfill travel requirements prior to departure

Posted July 2, 2015 by Commentary by Miguel Mendez

Military members often wonder why they have to fulfill additional requirements in order to take leave outside the continental United States, whether it’s Aircraft and Personnel Automated Clearance system, theater, country clearance or other requirements put in place. Some of the responses I hear on a regular basis are: “It’s just leave, not official travel.”…

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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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Drug testing: What’s fact or myth?

Posted June 19, 2015 by Senior Airman Marcy Copeland

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — For those who have donned a military service uniform, most have heard the myths and urban legends that surround random drug testing, with the biggest question being “Is it really random?” With facts received from the 56th Fighter Wing Drug Demand Reduction, this article presents the truth about the…

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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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The difference between Memorial and Veterans Day

Posted May 21, 2015 by Maj. Nicholas J. Sabula

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — There are lots of reminders out there that Memorial Day is about more than a day off or barbecue. It’s also about more than thanking everyone who served or waving flags. The truth is, many people confuse this day with Veterans Day. This day is about one thing…

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