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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Keeping the power through support

Posted October 26, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard

 Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. — Each October, Fort Eustis Fire Department personnel don pink shirts to raise awareness for breast cancer, but this year the cause hits close to home as a member of their team, Donna Haynes, was recently diagnosed with the disease. “At some point in your life, you will know someone who has cancer,…

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Just American: A century of Black life

Posted February 27, 2015 by Daisy Jones-Brown

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) — Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted Harvard-trained historian Carter Woodson….

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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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Wisdom teeth removal: Wise or not?

Posted January 8, 2016 by Capt. Karissa Rumple

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — Some people have none, some people have more than four, but on a daily basis, patients are getting their wisdom teeth removed. Do you or your children have any? Are they predicted to be problematic in the future? These are questions patients should ask their dental providers to have…

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Emergency Air Force aid – blessing in disguise

Posted April 10, 2015 by Commentary by Senior Airman Hailey Staker

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D.  — During the month of February, plans to have a little fun on a warm Sunday afternoon came to a screeching halt when the front left wheel of my husband’s truck started to come loose. Had we continued driving that day, our trip may have ended in disaster. By the…

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A dedicated father, Airman laid to rest

Posted June 21, 2016 by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. — Two months after the tragic and sudden passing of Lt. Col. William “Bill” Schroeder, the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard laid him to rest with full military honors June 16, at the Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. More than 100 family members, teammates and service members attended the service to honor Schroeder,…

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Leading the way: A spark to start a fire

Posted October 28, 2015 by Commentary by Senior Master Sgt. Michael Roxberry

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — As a leader, do not let your ego get in the way.  Stand tall, but not above everyone else.  Do not tell people what to do, show them.  Showing them is what leading is all about.  When you show them, you are creating that spark.  Much like a fire, it all…

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Defining moments

Posted February 20, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Angela Blue 

The word character has many meanings according to the dictionary…a feature or trait characteristic, moral or ethical quality, qualities of honesty, courage, and to no surprise….integrity. Since it has so many different meanings, it can be made to adapt to so many different types of people. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather…

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Improving relations between subordinates and leadership

Posted December 7, 2015 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Jason Hokaj

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Commanders intent is a doctrinal term used in planning combat missions to communicate a desired end-state to subordinates. It describes a goal, timeline, and includes an acceptable level of risk. It is purposely vague in how to reach the goal. This is so subordinates can infuse their own expertise and information…

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A Puzzle Called “Me”

Posted January 8, 2016 by Commentary by Senior Airman Shane Mitchell

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — It was early October when I entered the waiting room, and I wasn’t in the best of moods. The past two months had been the worst of my life; I made some very poor decisions and my personal, financial and professional stress was unmanageable. I put myself between…

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