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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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Honest answers to sexual assault myths

Posted May 15, 2015 by Maj. Gen. Gina Grosso

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month comes to a close, I want to take the opportunity to address three persistent myths regarding the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program. These myths include a commander’s ability to start, stop or otherwise hinder a sexual assault investigation; what agencies can…

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Ten seconds later and that picture still exists

Posted May 8, 2015 by Liz Jacobson

(Courtesy photo/Liz Jacobson) Teenagers may feel a false sense of anonymity and security when using Internet apps, which can lead to an increasing number of teenagers sending inappropriate content. Irresponsible sharing of pictures or other content could lead to damaged reputations and self-esteems, the attention of online predators, or jail time for the possession of…

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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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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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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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Becoming stronger through failure

Posted April 17, 2015 by Commentary by Senior Airman Anania Tekurio

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D.  — Failing the Air Force physical training test: my greatest fear since joining the military. It is embarrassing to admit recently that fear came to fruition, but what I have learned through that failure has become one of my greatest strengths. After failing, I definitely felt like a weak person for not…

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