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Summer burnout

Langley Air Force Base, Va. — Some of the very things we enjoy during the summer can also wear us down. Juggling work, family schedules, vacation times, and outdoor squadron activities can take a toll. The chronic engagement of these activities can cause stress, fatigue and eventually summer burnout. According to the American Psychological Association,…

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Proper flag display honors nation’s history, ultimate sacrifices

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — From front yards to the top of the White House, people have flown U.S. flags as emblems for sacrifice and independence. But to honor Old Glory, they must display it with proper etiquette year-round. According to Title 4 of the U.S. Code, it is “universal custom to display the…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier) Health & Safety

Davis-Monthan gets mentally fit to fight

The 355th Fighter Wing participated in the Comprehensive Airman Fitness Day, Aug. 11. CAF is a lifestyle taught to strengthen an Airman with four domains: mental, physical, social and spiritual. This quarter’s CAF Day focuses on the mental aspect. The Airmen were educated on approaching life’s challenges in a positive way by demonstrating self-control, stamina…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie) Salutes & Awards

Airman lifts Arizona record to new elevations

An Airman stepped onto the platform, hands at his side, ready. He closes his eyes, blocked out all distractions and focused on the task at hand. Once he’s chalked up and squats down, the gun goes off. Staff Sgt. David Labrie, 612th Support Squadron lead meteorologist, participated in the 2014 National Powerlifting Competition, which was…

(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin Raughton) Health & Safety

HPV vaccine provides important safeguards

BETHESDA, Md. – Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. It can lead to cervical and anal cancer — which, combined, account for more than 250,000 deaths worldwide each year. Furthermore, HPV also causes genital warts, which affects 360,000 people annually in the United States alone. Fortunately, said Air…


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Airmen have a choice — get bitter or get better

Posted  September 6, 2012

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — As warriors in today’s Air Force we face many overwhelming challenges. These challenges include an ever-expanding mission, a constantly shrinking manpower pool, a diminishing budget, an increasing overload of personal stressors, a demanding environment of “multi-hatted” duties at all levels and the same expectation of excellence in all areas…

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AFSOUTH Airmen gain insight on commercial aircraft maintenance

Posted  September 6, 2012

Recently, three members of 12th Air Force (AFSOUTH) Logistics and Maintenance division went to the Hawker Beechcraft service center in Mesa, Ariz., to gain insight on commercial maintenance best practices for the Super King propeller-driven aircraft to assist in familiarization training for South American partner nations with these types of aircraft. As part of building…

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EOD Airmen have a blast at work

Posted  September 6, 2012

The 355th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal conducted monthly explosives training on D-M Aug. 29. The EOD Airmen conducted this exercise for both overseas operations and for when hazardous material on base needs to be destroyed. “We were destroying jammed 30mm projectiles from an aircraft,” said Master Sgt. Dustin Prowell, 355th CES EOD flight…

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Regulations govern political activities for federal employees

Posted  September 6, 2012

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — If you’ve turned on your TV lately, you may have noticed that campaign season is in full swing. Air Force members are encouraged to carry out the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. As you choose where to cast your votes, however, it is important to remember that military…

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New DOD policy for TDY and PCS cancellations

Posted  September 6, 2012

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) — Beginning October 1, 2012, any travel authorization that includes air travel must be approved and ticketed at least 72 hours in advance of the scheduled flight departure to avoid airline reservations from being cancelled. This is due to a new policy being instituted by the airlines under the…

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Guardsmen required to register, update civilian employment information

Posted  September 6, 2012

Air National Guard members are required to register information about their civilian place of employment. About 22 percent of 162nd Fighter Wing members are currently compliant. The Civilian Employment Information Program is the first mandatory disclosure by members of the Guard and Reserve of their civilian employers into a common database. The CEI program began…

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Beware of mold

Posted  September 6, 2012

With the Arizona monsoon season in full swing and humid weather the norm, mold growth can become prevalent in homes and buildings. Mold is a type of fungus that grows on damp surfaces or decaying organic matter. It is found everywhere, both outdoors and inside of buildings and homes. Mold only becomes a concern if…

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Attacking symptoms of suicide

Posted  September 6, 2012

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — As an area defense counsel in the Air Force, it is my job to represent Airmen who get in legal or administrative trouble, and I love my job. I have spent the majority of my legal career as an attorney representing people in trouble, both as a civilian…

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Collecting those childhood memories

Posted  September 6, 2012

Walk into the toy room that’s located in the house of Tech. Sgt. Brent Scarano, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron resource advisor, and it’s like stepping into a time machine.

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Mentorship program offers support to recovering Airmen

Posted  September 6, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Recovering Airmen Mentorship Program connects wounded, injured or ill Airmen who are well along in their recovery with those who are just beginning the journey. The program is one of several implemented to help care for wounded warriors during their recovery, said Air Force Wounded Warrior Operations…

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