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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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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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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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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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Tips for holiday budgeting

Posted December 11, 2015 by Senior Airman Grace Lee

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — During the holidays most people spend time with loved ones and spread holiday cheer, but it can also be a time when some find themselves in a financial bind. “The holidays can be a stressful time for many, because most people want to give more than they have or can afford,”…

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Sleep is serious: Catch your Zzzs

Posted March 11, 2016 by Prerana Korpe

“Beep. Beep. Beep,” the alarm blares. Time to get up. Do you hit snooze? On average, we spend 33 percent of our lives asleep. When assessing your overall health, have you considered your sleep habits? Sleep hygiene, as researchers call it, involves a variety of different behavioral practices which are necessary for quality sleep and…

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The art of work, life balance

Posted October 6, 2017 by by Chief Master Sgt. DERRICK HARRISON

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — As we progress through the enlisted and officer ranks, we start to gain additional tasks, duties and personnel concerns. Your career is no longer just about you, but includes the Airmen you lead on a daily basis. Sometimes we get so consumed with making sure the mission and the…

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The Movie Makers: Raytheon animators use Hollywood magic to bring technology to life

Posted October 14, 2015 by

The camera skims low over a dazzling blue nightscape. Pulses of light zip through the city below as fiery columns plummet from the sky, exploding on impact. “Cyber attacks spread fear, disrupt commerce and leave a trail of widespread damage…” says an unseen narrator. It looks like a landscape from the movie TRON, but overpopulated…

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