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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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Making today count

Posted February 6, 2014 by Commentary by Lt. Col. David Woodley

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — There are a lot of changes happening within the Air Force today as well as the continued debates in our government concerning the future of all military personnel. With debates on military benefits that range from medical care to retirement pay, and with the looming force reduction boards, it would be…

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A photojournalist’s perspective of an AFSOUTH mission

Posted August 14, 2014 by Commentary by Tech. Sgt. Heather R. Redman

There I was lying in bed. My eyes slowly opened and I was instantly irritated, because my alarm hadn’t gone off yet. I hate waking up before I have to. For a moment I forgot where I was. The bed was too comfortable, the room too clean and there was food in the fridge, so…

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Military leads the way in equal opportunity

Posted March 12, 2015 by 2nd Lt. Ryan Young

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — What does it take to change a nation? What force has the power to move millions of people in their fundamental views of the world? For Christopher Daniels, a U.S. Air Force colonel, that answer is simple: leadership. In his words, “The true agent of change is true leadership.”…

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Outdoor flag ceremonies: do you know what to do?

Posted March 29, 2012 by

When driving or walking by the flag pole on base while the U.S. flag is being raised or lowered, do you know what to do? I have to admit, this isn’t a question I have considered until today. I, like many here, have been getting it wrong for quite some time. But this morning our…

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Deployed NCO gains experience, confidence

Posted August 29, 2012 by Master Sgt. Shawntell Miller

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — When I was contacted to write a few words for the base paper, my first reaction was excitement.

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It takes a village

Posted March 29, 2013 by Senior Master Sgt. Haisshia Havens

Courtesy Photo Senior Master Sgt. Haisshia Havens (left) explains the benefits of a drug free lifestyle during a health fair at her sons’ school March 19. School officials asked Havens, a former Air Force Office of Special Investigations agent, to attend the fair to help educate parents and students about drug and alcohol abuse prevention….

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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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Professionalism, mission focus, and a new way forward for base inspections

Posted April 3, 2014 by Commentary by Col. Kevin E. Blanchard

Professionalism, mission focus, and a new way forward known as the Air Force Inspection System – those three things sum up what members of the Desert Lightning Team should take away from last week’s Unit Effectiveness Inspection. The Air Combat Command Inspector General Team conducted the 355th Fighter Wing’s Capstone event, known as a UEI,…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski)
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Fire Prevention Week 2014

Posted October 9, 2014 by Commentary by Charles Leclair

When was the last time you tested the smoke alarms in your home? Was it last week? Last month? A year ago? The 2014 Fire Prevention Week campaign ran from Oct. 5-11. This year’s theme was “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” It is all about keeping you, your family, and the…

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