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Button your lip! Loose talk can cost lives

Posted April 3, 2015 by Commentary by Dennis Morris

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “Button your lip! Loose talk can cost lives,” was an operations security propaganda phrase used during World War II which still rings true today. It now goes beyond just buttoning your lips to include “zipping up” your social media sites. Safe web-browsing practices and OPSEC awareness are the best mitigation strategies…

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Journey to recovery

Posted July 28, 2016 by Senior Airman Kyle Johnson

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AFNS) —  Then-Tech. Sgt. Janet Lemmons realized she couldn’t breathe in the hospital room. It was as if there wasn’t enough space for her family’s grief and the air collectively. She had to get out. Lemmons stepped into the elevator that would take her someplace where she could breathe, but the…

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Commentary: Changes to the Air Force’s post-partum policies

Posted September 3, 2015 by

UNITED KINGDOM – On July 8, I received an e-mail informing me that I was within 90 days of my deployment window. My first reaction was, “Great, I have to do a ton of CBTs.”[computer-based training]. I quickly realized there was a high probability that in just three months, I would be deploying and miss…

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Stay out of rain; see bigger picture

Posted February 6, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Heather Tufty

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Supervisors, you build and lead teams to the best of your abilities. You hold an umbrella of protection over your people, but what do you do when one of your members runs into the rain via a bad decision? Do you take your protective umbrella from other members to go cover…

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MLK’s dream to end racism Airman’s reality

Posted April 7, 2017 by by Senior Airman Ceaira Young

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. —i Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream with the world Aug. 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. He called for an end to racism. Fast forward to now. When I wake up in…

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Honest answers to sexual assault myths

Posted May 15, 2015 by Maj. Gen. Gina Grosso

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month comes to a close, I want to take the opportunity to address three persistent myths regarding the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program. These myths include a commander’s ability to start, stop or otherwise hinder a sexual assault investigation; what agencies can…

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Commentary: Tommy got a toy drone for Christmas, what’s next?

Posted January 8, 2016 by Luana Shafer

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah  — The presents have been opened and the wrapping paper placed in the recycling bin. Tommy is anxious to get outside and fly the new “Invader 700” drone, complete with a 10 times zoom digital camera that sends immediate videos to your new iPad. Wow, you can’t wait to get…

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Cherish moments between military duties, times away from family

Posted August 4, 2017 by by Tech. Sgt. JAMES HODGMAN

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. ­— It’s 4 a.m., and a car parks outside the family home. Inside, a proud father of two takes one last look at his daughter and son before hugging his wife and walking out the door. As the car drives off, he stares out the window, hoping his wife and…

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From active duty to Citizen Airman: Serving homeland and community

Posted December 16, 2015 by Commentary by Capt. Logan Clark

TUCSON, Ariz. — If joining the Armed Forces is a sign of a love for country, joining the National Guard might be a sign of devotion to the community. Life is unpredictable. I began my officer commissioning program believing I was going to be a research scientist. Priorities change and goals shift. I found myself passionate about…

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Recycled oil shifts gears

Posted September 2, 2016 by

TUCSON, Ariz.— Your car could be running on recycled F-16 oil. At the 162nd Wing, all of the used oil from aircraft maintenance operations is collected and recycled. Yes, recycled. Just like in your car, aircraft need oil. It helps lubricate, cool, clean, seal and generally protect the parts and engine from corrosion. This oil…

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