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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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A modern military marriage

Posted April 7, 2017 by by Senior Airman Samantha Salopek

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, California­ — Six years and four months ago I married my husband. I was 19 years old and completely ignorant to the commitment I’d just made. Dual military marriages make up a little more than 11 percent of the Air Force population, and like many dual couples, we were stationed apart….

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From active duty to Citizen Airman: Serving homeland and community

Posted December 16, 2015 by Commentary by Capt. Logan Clark

TUCSON, Ariz. — If joining the Armed Forces is a sign of a love for country, joining the National Guard might be a sign of devotion to the community. Life is unpredictable. I began my officer commissioning program believing I was going to be a research scientist. Priorities change and goals shift. I found myself passionate about…

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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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First line of defense

Posted October 29, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Brandy Rucker

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As experienced supervisors and leaders, are we empowering our junior leaders to spread their wings as supervisors and leaders at their level?   Specifically, I’m referring to the day-to-day leadership roles within their work areas. I can remember as a young staff sergeant, my team relied on me to motivate them, teach…

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Move or die: Why speed matters, how troops can get faster

Posted March 2, 2018 by by Army Maj. NICK BARRINGER

Editor’s note: The following is an opinion piece. The writer’s views expressed here do not represent those of the Defense Department. An enemy soldier scans the horizon. He notices a flash of movement in front of him. He quickly aims at his target and sends 120 grains of lead flying toward it at more than…

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Exchange bakeries nourish troops’ spirits overseas

Posted March 3, 2017 by

DALLAS — For Cpl. Deamborene Outlaw, a simple slice of Wonder Bread goes a long way toward making South Korea feel more like home. “It’s comforting to me because it’s like a little piece of home,” Outlaw said, who serves as a chaplain’s assistant at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys in South Korea. “I’ve lived in…

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Becoming human again: developing the ability to empathize

Posted October 7, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. Jodi Martinez

From the moment we’re born, we need human interaction and crave to be understood. It can have a profound effect upon our personal lives by making us feel empowered or conversely by making us feel powerless if those needs are neglected. It also extends into our professional lives. In fact, many of the most successful…

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The “not my problem” problem

Posted October 19, 2015 by Commentary by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Slaughter

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — In an Air Force where being a leader at all levels is highly encouraged, it is becoming increasingly disturbing to me that people just do not seem to care. They are so focused on their particular area of responsibility, that when something new or unknown arises, they routinely brush it off…

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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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