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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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When keeping it real goes wrong

Posted March 14, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant

It’s Tuesday, and after a long day at work I’m reminded that I have an intramural league basketball game tonight. After arriving home and quickly changing I make my way back to the base gym to avoid the scrutiny of my coach and team mates.  As I begin to search through the maze of a…

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Honoring our heroes

Posted May 24, 2012 by Commentary by Maj. Gen. Darren W. McDew

In the National Capital Region, you do not have to look far to find monuments honoring our heroic Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who have paid the ultimate price in defense of our great Nation. This weekend, Americans will visit the memorials and cemeteries in Washington D.C. and throughout the U.S. as well…

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How we look in uniform can make a difference

Posted October 4, 2012 by Commentary by Senior Airman Kasey Close

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — It’s said that “a picture is worth a 1,000 words,” but what is said when a military member is wearing his uniform wrong or looks unprofessional…

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Wearing leadership

Posted May 16, 2013 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. – “Six-thirty-third Air Base Wing Public Affairs, Senior Airman – I mean, Staff Sgt. Denton speaking.” It happened again and again without fail. I had to correct myself every time I answered my office phone. It was more than a little frustrating. However, as unnerving as it was, my mistake also made me…

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Standards don’t change – on duty or off

Posted November 14, 2013 by Commentary by Senior Airman Shannon Hall

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do are core values that U.S. Air Force Airmen live by. Although these are important values for the Air Force, every base has their own principles that are essential to accomplishing the mission. Brig. Gen. Glen VanHerck, 7th Bomb Wing commander,…

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Difficult force shaping calls made tougher by undeserved ‘Firewall 5’s’

Posted June 19, 2014 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Ethan Peters

LAJES FIELD, Azores (AFNS) — I was not a very good Airman in the early days of my Air Force career. I was passably good at my job and very bad at the Air Force. Here is an actual quote from one of my early Enlisted Performance Reports, “Improved responsibility in off-duty affairs would quickly…

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It’s National what month?

Posted July 13, 2012 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

Certain months have certain holidays, like Christmas in December and St. Patrick’s Day in March. But what you may not know is that each month has several observances that may be a little outside…

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Physical fitness: Struggle between mind, body, pain

Posted January 24, 2013 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class Jared Trimarchi

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AFNS) — Losing weight isn’t easy. It took almost five months to accomplish my goal of losing 40 pounds.

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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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