Commentary

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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355th Medical Group Volunteer Importance

Posted February 11, 2016 by Commentary by Julia M. Honeycutt 

The Volunteer Program at the 355th Medical Group began in 2003, with one volunteer. We currently have over 35 active volunteers who assist throughout the facility. They are specifically trained in the areas they work in including, patient safety practices and assisting with medical emergencies, if needed. We are always in need for more volunteers…

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Airman navigates crucible of anxiety

Posted October 6, 2017 by by Airman 1st Class SAVANNAH WATERS

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — As first impressions go, I am an extrovert. I love to connect with people and have been described as personable. My mother says I’ve never known a stranger. What many don’t know, including friends and family, is that I struggle with social anxiety. With less than a week of notice,…

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

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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Improve yourself

Posted December 21, 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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Point of finger pointing moot — everyone’s doing it

Posted November 4, 2016 by by Lisa Smith Molinari

Ironically, one of our smallest, weakest body parts — the finger — often wields the most power. That one diminutive digit can instill fear, anxiety, surprise, guilt or joy. Fingers identify winners, fingers pull triggers, and fingers place blame. If I only had a dollar for every time my father pointed a calloused finger in…

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Officer believes in ‘high-touch’ leadership

Posted May 4, 2018 by by Lt. Col. CHRIS CARNDUFF

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. ­— Technology has revolutionized our lives and the Air Force. Our high-tech culture and military are capable of unprecedented effectiveness and agility due to the speed of communication. In many facets of our personal and professional lives, technology gives us the ability to communicate rapidly and accomplish a variety of tasks…

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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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(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter)
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Want to quit smoking? Here’s how

Posted January 9, 2015 by Stuart Bapties

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — By using the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, all federal employees and retirees – as well as their spouses and dependents – have full access to evidence-based tobacco cessation treatments at no out-of-pocket cost. FEHB covers an estimated 8 million people, including 2.2 million active federal employees, 1.9 million retirees,…

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‘Taps,’ somber, yet poetic

Posted June 2, 2017 by by Lisa Smith Molinari

One evening in 1981 while I was at summer camp, I took a deep breath and blew a little too hard on the bugle’s mouthpiece. The counselor who played Taps each night to signal “lights out” to the campers had agreed to let me be the substitute bugler that evening. Using only one semester of…

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