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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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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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