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Teamwork affects us all

Posted October 12, 2012 by by SMSgt. Michael Morris

Imagine you’re deployed. Your base has been mortared and you are leading a post attack sweep team. The very lives of your team depend on the collective actions of each team member. Think about what would happen if one person acted alone. Now, imagine you are recalled and standing in a deployment line. You’re depending…

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My educational journey: Inspiration for education started with my mother

Posted October 12, 2012 by by SSgt. Andre Olaciregui

My mother and I moved from Colombia, South America, to Florida when I was five years old. I was raised in a family where our financial status was well below average, but I was always taught by my mother the importance of education and seizing an opportunity when it presented itself. “Chances are, if you…

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Air Force core values should extend into our personal lives

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Lt. Col. Thomas J. O'Connell Jr.

The Air Force core values of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do provide excellent guideposts on how to conduct our professional military lives. Because they are so closely associated with the Air Force, their application often stops there. In actuality, they are great guides for our personal lives as well….

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My educational journey: Education isn’t my thing!

Posted September 14, 2012 by 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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Leaders issue Air Force birthday message

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Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the following message to the Airmen of the United States Air Force: As we celebrate the United States Air Force’s 65th birthday, we salute all of the…

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Losing your future to sexual assault

Posted September 14, 2012 by by Col. Tom Posch

“I knew the minute our eyes met that she was the ‘one.’ We exchanged numbers and set up a date. It was planned to perfection. She was the ‘one.’ And then she Googled me. . .and told me never to contact her again. That’s life as a registered sex offender. My face, my name, my…

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My educational journey – How could I say no?

Posted August 31, 2012 by by Chief Master Sgt. David E. Huerd

I joined the military when the Iron Curtain was still up. My plan was to serve my country abroad and get an education. My first duty station was Templehof Central Airport, Berlin, Germany. I initially focused on getting through my first standardization evaluation and completing my Career Development Courses. Once those were completed, the thought…

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A moment on the lips will surely delay trips

Posted August 20, 2012 by by SSgt. Gina M. Paige

There is nothing more satisfying than holding my husband in a long embrace after six-months of separation. Even after several deployments, it just doesn’t seem to get old. While our significant others are gone we have this sense of pride – a right to brag about where they are and what they are doing –…

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Don’t forget where you came from

Posted August 20, 2012 by by CMSgt. Gary Sharp

One of the most important pieces of advice I received upon being promoted to chief master sergeant was, “Never forget where you came from.” Although this guidance was valuable as a new chief, it was something that I’ve always held in high regard. No matter where I was in my career, I never forgot my…

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Strengthening our core

Posted August 2, 2012 by by Col. Jim Dryjanski

The greatest threat to the United States Air Force right now is not external. It is from within. The allegations of sexual misconduct at Lackland Air Force Base [Texas] splashed across the news will undoubtedly be fully investigated and criminal behavior will be prosecuted appropriately. The victims will be heard and they will be cared…

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