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Juneteenth represents hope, possibilities, vice admiral says

Posted July 7, 2017 by Courtesy of defense.gov

WASHINGTON — Juneteenth, the annual observance commemorating the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery, represents what is possible, Navy Vice Adm. Kevin Scott said at a Pentagon ceremony today. “I am three generations removed from slavery in the state of Virginia, and so when I think about Juneteenth, I think what it…

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New leader, strategic plan fuels excitement

Posted July 7, 2017 by by Senior Master Sgt. MATTHEW LUDWIG

After returning from a deployment in Southwest Asia, I was impressed with the new wing leadership philosophy. I was fortunate enough to attend the 56th Fighter Wing Service Blitz rally at Cardinal Stadium and saw first-hand our new leadership in action. Then came the bombshell … the 56th FW strategic plan. After having read many…

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My brat makes me proud

Posted June 2, 2017 by by Staff Sgt. HEATHER HEINEY

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Parents worry; it’s just what we do. We worry our child will get hurt. We worry we aren’t making the right decisions for them. We worry they’ve become irrevocably addicted to their iPad and that they really shouldn’t spend so much time watching videos of a 5-year-old millionaire open…

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The Air Force issued me my ‘kids’

Posted June 2, 2017 by by Staff Sgt. NICHOLAS RAU

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — While I’ve decided to live a childfree lifestyle, the Air Force, in its infinite wisdom, saw the need to issue me two kids. They are both straight out of technical training and brand new to the Air Force — and one is still too young to accept an adult…

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Challenge yourself, accomplish your dreams

Posted May 10, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook

Challenging yourself and accomplishing your dreams requires stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things. For one Airman, applying for the United States Air Force Academy was a step in the right direction toward achieving his goals.

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Let’s have a cup of coffee

Posted May 5, 2017 by by Maj. GREGORY LEWIS

Editor’s note: Maj. Gregory Lewis is an individual mobilization augmentee assigned to the Defense Technology Security Administration. Regardless of your profession, many of us have been in positions defining the required leadership and management qualifications as an expectation of our ability to execute our office. Like many things, no two are alike and not one…

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Women and men: different, but equal

Posted May 5, 2017 by by Airman 1st Class JOSHUA MAGBANUA

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Recently, while reading daily news and scrolling through social media news feeds, I could not avoid the headlines, posts and comments about the very recent developments concerning women’s issues. Major events are being recorded, both positive and negative, which may be read in news articles and school textbooks for years…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted May 5, 2017 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

A great quote and some random thoughts “Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need…

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A modern military marriage

Posted April 7, 2017 by by Senior Airman SAMANTHA SALOPEK

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, California — Six years and four months ago I married my husband. I was 19 years old and completely ignorant to the commitment I’d just made. Dual military marriages make up a little more than 11 percent of the Air Force population, and like many dual couples, we were stationed apart….

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King’s dream — senior airman’s reality

Posted April 7, 2017 by by Senior Airman CEAIRA YOUNG

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream with the world Aug. 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. He called for an end to racism. Fast forward to now. When I wake up in…

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