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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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Independence Day: Freedom at its finest

Posted July 5, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Amanda Dick

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AFNS) – In a few days, we, as Americans, will celebrate one of the most, if not the most, important date for the U.S. — our Independence Day. As I try to figure out what I’ll be doing for the Fourth of July weekend, I also want to take the time to reflect on…

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‘Lucky’ people take personal responsibility for their own success

Posted June 27, 2013 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Mickey Evans

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AFNS) – “She’s so lucky! He has all the luck!” Just like you, I hear these phrases thrown around from time to time. I’ve often been taken somewhat by surprise when I hear one of these comments. Don’t get me wrong, I think there are times when truly random events of good fortune…

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What do you radiate?

Posted June 20, 2013 by Commentary by Col. Daniel Smith

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – I am a believer in the power of positive influence. I buy into such phrases as “your attitude determines your altitude.” I have been the benefactor of being led by those who radiate positive vibes. Not in a heads in the clouds Pollyanna kind of way, but a glass half full…

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Keeping service in perspective

Posted June 13, 2013 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. James Powell

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AFNS) – If you were approached by a co-worker, civilian or family member and asked the question, “Why do you serve?” What would your answer be? How would you internalize what you do for the Air Force to the point where you could answer that seemingly simple question? Over the past several…

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Why enforce the standards?

Posted June 13, 2013 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Vincent Brass

KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFNS) – In the military we constantly refer to “the standard.” Most standards are developed within Air Force instructions or technical orders. They are what sets us apart from our civilian counterparts. Webster’s dictionary defines a standard as “something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model, or example.” We weigh…

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What’s your Air Force relationship status?

Posted May 30, 2013 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Tamala Hartz

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AFNS) – How are things between you and the Air Force these days? Would you say the two of you are in a committed relationship? Are you happy with the Air Force? Is the Air Force happy with you? Are either of you thinking of ending the relationship? These may sound like…

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His kind is that good

Posted May 30, 2013 by Paula Spooner

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – The national news has been quite captivating lately. I’m referring to that astounding discovery of three young women – missing 10 years — in an otherwise ordinary Cleveland suburb. Because abductions don’t often result in such a positive outcome, this particular story was pretty wonderful. I just can’t help pointing out…

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Memorial Day — More than just a day off from work

Posted May 24, 2013 by Kevin Rieders

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany  – Memorial Day is a young holiday, peculiarly observed. If you have not served on a detail, volunteered for Honor Guard, or flown a missing man formation over a military ceremony on Memorial Day, you may primarily associate this holiday with the running the Indianapolis 500, the beginning of our 101 Critical…

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