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Memorial Day: A new Airmanís perspective

Posted May 23, 2014 by 2nd Lt. Elias Small

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -†As a newly minted second lieutenant, May 26 will mark my first Memorial Day in uniform. I may still be sporting butter bars, but my recent transition into military life has already offered a new perspective on the holiday. The last Monday of May is reserved to celebrate our most…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted May 23, 2014 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day where we have the opportunity to remember those who died in active military service. What does it mean to “remember”?  It’s an act of consciously calling to mind something important. The idea that those…

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Know it when it counts

Posted May 23, 2014 by Senior Airman Peter Thompson

For the three years I’ve been in the Air Force, I’ve experienced more training then anyone would like. I’ve always questioned why the Air Force insists we be branded with the same information during training over and over. Personally, I thought Self-Aid Buddy Care was one of the least useful to me. I understood the…

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Specialized training, specialized equipment, specialized personnel – The Big Three

Posted May 16, 2014 by Jacob McAfee

PALMDALE, Calif.-When you think of the firefighting profession the first thing that comes to most minds is fire, but what you may not know is that today, more than ever, the fire service provides a large spectrum of other services the average person does not even realize. Air Force Plant 42 Fire and Emergency Services…

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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

Posted May 16, 2014 by

- Questions have a way of revealing our motives, and motives are what drive our lives.  Try asking yourself these questions from a professor in Pennsylvania.  ”What are you seeking? What are you loving? What are you fearing? What are you trusting? What voices are you listening to? Where are you setting your hopes?” Change…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

Posted May 9, 2014 by

When fear grips our very soul, we are most susceptible to taking things into our own hands (manipulation, control, demanding attitude, etc).  Why is that?  Perhaps we believe that when we control others and/or things, we have gained some sense of control over the uncontrollable.  But the best solution to fear is trust, and it…

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Sexual Assault awareness doesn’t end in April

Posted May 9, 2014 by Col. Jeannie M. Leavitt

As you know, April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month. the month is over, our focus on this issue is not. It’s unfortunate we have to place so much attention on such a despicable crime, but sadly sexual assault is a real problem in our military. It’s a cancer forced upon us almost entirely by a…

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Professional Development – It’s Everyone’s Responsibility

Posted May 9, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Thomas B. Mazzone

The U.S. Air Force requires much of us these days, and members of our profession of arms are busy meeting these demands. We must ensure we’re not too busy to ignore our responsibility of continually developing each other. Mentoring, feedback sessions and counseling are all forms of professional development, often leading us to the thought…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted May 2, 2014 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – When you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you see?  When others take a long look at you, what do they see?  The “mirror” can lie and people are often judgmental, so we rarely have the ability to…

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Finding light through darkness

Posted May 2, 2014 by Senior Airman Dennis Sloan

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman George Goslin Senior Airman Dennis Sloan walks on the flightline in search of a photo May 5, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. A victim of sexual assault, Sloan says his passion for photography keeps him breathing and offers solace from his otherwise painful memories. Sloan is a…

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