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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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Getting a little awkward

Posted August 22, 2013 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Marissa Tucker

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – Out of the more than 20,000 people in the Joint Base San Antonio community, where do I fit in? It’s a question I’ve asked myself several times since I arrived here, and while I know my primary job, I like to think I serve another purpose. It causes me discomfort on…

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“Our” Airman’s Creed

Posted August 15, 2013 by Commentary by Master Sgt. David A. Kolcun

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Gen. T. Michael Moseley, the 18th Chief of Staff of the Air Force, introduced the Airman’s Creed on April 18, 2007. It provides Airmen a tangible statement of beliefs that we cherish. The Airman’s Creed was not created to regain some ideal that was lost or never otherwise identified, rather, it…

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Defined by actions

Posted August 8, 2013 by Commentary by Chaplain, Lt. Col. David W. Depinho

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. – In July of 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed. America had asserted its rights and beliefs, and it was no accident that the Battle of Long Island, NY came immediately on its heels in August. This “first” battle in which an army of the “United States” engaged was to be…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty Chevalier)
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755th AMXS brings DUI awareness

Posted August 1, 2013 by Commentary by Maj. Douglas Warren

Rarely am I able to pass through any of the base gates without my eyes being drawn to the status board showing the latest driving under the influence or alcohol related incident. Often the ‘days counter’ does not get above 30 days before another Airman is highlighted for failing to follow the law. It is…

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Slowest of suicides

Posted July 25, 2013 by Commentary by Airman Ryan Conroy

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AFNS) – I’ve been slowly killing myself for the past three years. I intentionally inhale toxins that destroy my lungs and heart. I smoke cigarettes. But, I’m quitting — again. According to the health and wellness center’s tobacco cessation class, the average smoker will attempt to quit five to seven times before achieving…

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Education – it’s free, take advantage of it

Posted July 18, 2013 by Commentary by 1st Lt. Gregory Thomas

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – One benefit we have as military members is the opportunity for a free education. Surprisingly, many individuals do not take advantage of this and go their entire careers without ever stopping by the education center. This is extremely common, but hopefully this article will provide some resources to those thinking about…

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Avoiding retreat is cowardly

Posted July 18, 2013 by Commentary by Jo Rowe

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) – It was one of the first beautiful days in a very long while in and around Bolling Air Force Base, District of Columbia. Rain was predicted, but I was hoping it would hold out until I completed the walk to my on-base residence. As I was about to walk out…

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Find a reason to quit

Posted July 18, 2013 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class Stephan Coleman

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – I smoked my first cigarette on a random day during technical training, and I admit to my own dismay, it was completely because of peer pressure. Months later when the ritual became less of a bonding experience with my friends and more of a habit, I was confronted with the reality…

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Leap to your limits

Posted July 11, 2013 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Oliver K. Leeds

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. (AFNS) – One of the lessons I carry around with me every day is something I learned from the jumping events in high school track and field. I was intimidated by the high jump. Unlike the long jump, where every leap into the sand pit could be measured and faults were not…

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