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My educational journey: Education isn’t my thing!

Posted September 7, 2012 by Master Sgt. Joseph Carello

I left college in 1992 for multiple reasons, but mainly because of money; I was the only person in class that could not purchase the required books and equipment. I came to the conclusion that education just wasn’t my thing, so I decided to enlist in the Air Force in April of the same year….

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This is how we do

Posted November 30, 2012 by Chief Master Sgt. Michael Warner

The other night I was driving home from work listening to the radio. A commercial came on for Mountain Dew and Jason Aldean, a popular country singer, said, “This is how I Dew” – then went on to explain his life philosophy. Later I saw a commercial with another music star that was advertising for…

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‘Core Values Spotlight': Integrity

Posted April 5, 2013 by Master Sgt. Brian Potvin

As members of the U.S. Air Force, we have all heard the standard definition of integrity, “doing the right thing even when no one is looking.” Another way to think of integrity, as the famous humorist Will Rogers said, is to “Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your…

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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 – When it’s hot outside, the TV seems like the best option.  But did you know TV programs are carefully designed to be enticing while requiring no mental exertion.  They train you to avoid hard work, and instead help you “go with…

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Note to breast cancer: ‘I am not your victim’

Posted October 25, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Russ Scalf

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Russ Scalf Capt. Candice Adams and her fiance Maj. Ryan Ismirle say their goodbyes before Adams is taken to surgery for a bilateral mastectomy on May 5, 2011. I’m sure by now most people don’t need to be reminded that October is breast cancer awareness month. How could you…

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Spiritual Fitness: Finding your ‘happy place’

Posted January 24, 2014 by 1st Lt. Scott T. Engman

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska†-†Spiritual fitness is a component of CAF that is often overlooked by the average Airman. Why? Because it isn’t as up front and easy to understand or exercise as the other pillars. Physical fitness is simple, hit the gym and eat healthily. Social fitness is all about developing healthy relationships with others….

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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 – The movie “Noah” staring Russell Crowe has attracted friend and foe alike. One reporter highlighted something interesting about the director Darren Aronofsky’s thought process in making the movie.  “When he first heard the story of Noah as a child, Aronofsky…

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Meeting veteran helped me feel connection with grandfather

Posted July 11, 2014 by Senior Airman Sarah Hall-Kirchner

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sarah Hall-Kirchner Dale VanBlair, World War II veteran, addresses the crowd that honored him for his 93rd birthday in Belleville, Illinois, June 17. VanBlair thanked everyone for coming to his birthday party and told them that it felt amazing to be appreciated. SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.†-†Twenty-five B-24…

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The beauty of unity

Posted October 17, 2014 by Capt. David Liapis

How about eating a juicy burger, listening to classic rock while watching your favorite sports team? That's what I call a good time.

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Lessons learned in protecting social media accounts

Posted January 23, 2015 by Brig. Gen. Kathleen Cook

On a Saturday afternoon in late November, I was informed about a political remark that appeared on my Director of Public Affairs Twitter feed. A staff member called to ask if I was aware of the re-tweet. At the time, I was on leave, out of the state, tending to my daughter who had had…

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