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Note to breast cancer: ‘I am not your victim’

Posted October 24, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Russ Scalf

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNS) — I’m sure by now most people don’t need to be reminded that October is breast cancer awareness month. How could you have missed it? With all the ribbons, “Save the Ta-Tas” T-shirts, bracelets, earrings, shoe laces and other pink doodads it’s fairly hard to forget. Don’t get…

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Leadership lesson: My biggest mistake as an NCO

Posted October 17, 2013 by Command Chief Master Sgt. David Duncan

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AFNS) — What was the most important leadership lesson you learned during your career? This question has been asked of me quite a few times as I get the awesome opportunity to speak with our Airmen around base. I have been asked this question from such groups as the…

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To serve with honor

Posted October 10, 2013 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class John Nieves Camacho

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. – “FIRING PARTY! TENCH HUT! READUP HACE! … Not quite up to par. Start over.” That was about the tempo of my first week assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing Base Honor Guard. Welcome to the life of the new guy. I remember stepping through the front door of the honor…

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Combined Federal Campaign: Why I give

Posted October 3, 2013 by Commentary by Tech. Sgt. B. Jones

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. – I was sitting in a daze in a cold and uninviting waiting area outside an emergency operating room about one month before my high school graduation in 2005. I listened to the robotic beeps of medical machinery when I realized my life was about to change forever. Earlier that night,…

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Suicide Prevention: Don’t be afraid to ask ‘why’

Posted September 26, 2013 by Commentary by Anonymous

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – I was a young Airman, accused of a crime I didn’t commit – I faced a court martial with an outcome of a dishonorable discharge, years in prison and civil limitations for the rest of my life. I was ultimately found not guilty, but not before I tried to kill myself….

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Dagger Point: A First Sergeant’s point of view

Posted September 26, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant

Master Sgt. Angela Womack is the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) First Sergeant. She began her 18-year career as an Aerospace Medical Technician. In addition to holding a variety of positions in the medical career field, she has also served as the Professional Military Education Instructor for Airman Leadership School and the Family Readiness…

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Running for others

Posted September 19, 2013 by Commentary by Master Sgt. C. A. Campbell

SOUTHWEST ASIA – In the words of Vince Lombardi “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” I used to run for myself, I loved running and everything about it. However, with time comes change, and instead I now…

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Know home-buying basics before becoming owner

Posted September 15, 2013 by Senior Airman Grace Lee

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – There comes a time when one may want to look at purchasing instead of renting a home and if done smartly, the advantages of owning a home can be greater than renting. “Given a long enough time line, a good home can be an appreciating asset,” said Cory Carmichael, 56th Force…

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America’s warriors compete

Posted September 6, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

The subjects of this story have chosen to omit their full names for operational security. One percent of the American population joins the military, and an even smaller percentage of that number serves in special operations forces. Being part of such a distinctive career field brings with it a certain set of survival and triage…

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All things happen for a reason

Posted September 3, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Keith Connella

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Most think that we have complete control over what happens next in our world. Life can always throw obstacles at us where we have to adapt and overcome. At times we can feel as if the whole world is about to crumble in front of us. To be able to make…

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