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Always an Airman

Posted February 20, 2014 by 1st Lt. David Liapis

Senior Airman Chase Hedrick, 39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, observes his reflection Feb. 3, 2013, at Incirlik Air Base Turkey. Airmen are Airmen whether in uniform or not, and should ensure their conduct always meets and exceeds the standards of the Air Force they represent. INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey-I am an Airman, but…

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Civ-Mil Group builds bonds with Team Edwards

Posted February 14, 2014 by Master Sgt. Eric Jackson

Many of you haven’t personally heard of the Civilian-Military Group or know who they are composed of, but I can attest and ensure you that hundreds of Edwards Airmen and their families have been the recipients of their generosity and unwavering support. As an Air Force First Sergeant, I’ve had the distinct pleasure and honor…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted February 14, 2014 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – This Friday we celebrate St. Valentine’s Day. Although commercialism dominates the celebration, there is a historical background to the day that can benefit us. The holiday is named after Valentinus, a third century Roman who was imprisoned for performing “illegal” weddings for…

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Leaving a better Air Force

Posted February 7, 2014 by Master Sgt. Peter Perez

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. – Recently, I volunteered to write an article on mentoring, thinking I was pretty good at putting words on paper. If only it were that easy. The honest fact is I’m not really sure how to explain mentoring. After 19 years in the Air Force, I just know it…

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Have your say in sexual assault prevention

Posted February 7, 2014 by Carolyn Graves and Kim Shirley

How many times have you sat through mandatory Sexual Assault Prevention training classes and said “I thought we were going to talk about this or “I wish we had the chance to discuss that.” Since 2005, when the Air Force stood up the SAPR program, we were given guidance and a curriculum. In the early…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – What do you think about on a regular basis? What thoughts keep running over and over in your mind? One psychologist said it this way, “It is the things we revisit that stick with us.  What you think about over…

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Wolfenbarger discusses challenges, successes at commanders call

Posted January 31, 2014 by

Challenges that lie ahead and a recap of recent successes highlighted Air Force Materiel Command commander Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger’s commander’s call at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Jan. 23. It was the first of what will be several workforce communication engagements for the general. In the coming months, Wolfenbarger will hold a commander’s call at…

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Got alcohol? Then don’t ride

Posted January 31, 2014 by Chris Hale

Courtesy photograph When riding a motorcycle under the influence, poor judgment and distorted vision get in the way of your brain trying to solve complicated physics calculations while considering acceleration, speed, lean angle, side slip, road surfaces, obstacles, time and distance to decision points and evasive maneuvers should your calculations prove wrong. Riding motorcycles sober…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Can a human mind become detached like a retina in person’s eye? Theologian and Bishop N.T. Wright claims that is exactly what happens when we put our feelings ahead of reason.  For instance in a contentious meeting we probably say…

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Understanding the Importance of Spiritual Fitness

Posted January 24, 2014 by Master Sgt. Jeffrey Turk

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – From senior leadership to our newest recruits, many of our Airmen today struggle with the concept of spirituality and how it influences their thoughts and behaviors. For many, the word spirituality is merely a synonym for religion or a metaphysical conception that has no real bearing on their lives. However,…

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