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Deployed Airman loses 40 pounds, scores 99.8 on fitness test

Posted May 9, 2013 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Shane Sullivan

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) – You want to get in shape during your deployment, but what does that mean? Do you want to lose weight or score better on your fitness test?

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Leadership not defined by shapes, sizes

Posted May 2, 2013 by Commentary by Col. Jerry Wizda

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFNS) – Short in stature at 5 feet 4 inches, not particularly handsome, a bookworm and not exactly the life of the party, James Madison does not fit some perceptions of a leader. In today’s world, he probably would have been perceived as a nerd. But, his brilliant mind and leadership skills now…

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The difficult discussion

Posted April 26, 2013 by Todd Rose

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AFNS) – Death is a subject that all too often no one wants to talk about until there is no option. Usually we only discuss it when confronted with death due to the loss of a family member, friend or co-worker. We are a unique group of people here. We face death…

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Is your security clearance current?

Posted April 18, 2013 by Commentary by Keenan Williams

To support the Air Force’s global mission, you must commit to maintaining your personnel readiness. So, your immunizations are current, you have a solid family care plan in place and your finances are squared away, but are you really prepared to deploy and support the global mission? Have you forgotten anything? What about your security…

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Dagger Point; Brig. Gen. Jacobsen

Posted April 18, 2013 by Senior Airman Camilla Griffin

Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Jacobsen is the commander, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, which is headquartered at Quantico, Va. Jacobsen started his Air Force career in 1980 as a graduate of Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program at Slippery Rock University, Pa. After four years as a missiles launch officer and crew commander…

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If it isn’t you, it’s the person next to you

Posted April 12, 2013 by Senior Airman Kelly Galloway

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. (AFNS) – “Hey sexy… you single?” I turned to see a fellow Airman in training; standing about 5 foot 8 inches tall, dark hair and eyes. Over the next four months, I heard this fellow classmate repeat the same line more than a couple dozen times. It wasn’t just me he had an eye…

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What If

Posted April 5, 2013 by Maj. Aaron Maynard

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — How many of us can truthfully say they don’t have regrets? I’m talking about the times you have asked yourself, what if? What if I had taken those college classes? What if I had worked a little harder toward making rank? What if I had capitalized on an opportunity…

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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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Who, what do you serve?

Posted March 22, 2013 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — How many articles are there in the Constitution of the United States of America? How many times has the Constitution been amended? Why do we have an Air Force when only an Army and Navy are specifically mentioned in the Constitution? If you do not know the answer to…

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Resiliency combats challenges

Posted March 14, 2013 by Commentary by Retired Chief Master Sergeant Vincent L. Howard

The challenges faced by Airmen are many. Beyond the immediate physical threats generated by deployments, our Airmen must deal with the mental and social effects of being in a high-intensity, stressful and dangerous environment, sometimes for months at a time. These same deployments often force spouses to become “single parents,” due to the myriad of…

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