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Those left behind are separated but not alone

Posted March 17, 2016 by by Senior Airman LAUREN-TAYLOR LEVIN

As the dawn broke over the mountains, I woke up to the sun peeping through my window. Once I got up I went straight to the kitchen to make my family breakfast, yet in the back of my mind, all I could think about was, “How am I going to manage taking care of my…

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Feedback essential to AF integrity

Posted March 10, 2016 by by Lt. Col. JOHN HANSEN

I was going through some old files, and I found a few notes that were written to me by the comptroller of a major command on several different occasions. One letter conveyed his best wishes on my birthday. A second one thanked me and my unit for our hospitality during his recent visit to the…

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Invisible wounds cause pain

Posted February 3, 2017 by by Special Agent PATRICK MCGEE

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — I’m an ambassador for the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program. As an ambassador, I’m an advocate for the program, and I work in my local area to plan events which bring our wounded together. It’s a concept of family helping family. We are all in this great big Air Force…

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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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Living with mental illness

Posted June 30, 2016 by by Capt. DONALD WILLIAMS

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — Defective. Weak. Soft. Broken. Crazy. Compromised. Unfit. Career-ending. These are just some of the words that people may associate with mental illness. Sadly, the sentiment behind labels like these can act as a barrier to help-seeking for many who face challenges in their lives. A further hindrance to those…

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Take time to explain ‘why’

Posted March 24, 2016 by by Col. TODD OSGOOD

Good communication is a key element of successful organizations. As leaders, managers or supervisors, we’re sometimes so focused on communicating the “what” or the “how” that we fail to explain why the work someone is doing is so important. Other times, we make decisions that impact work priorities or cause significant change, but don’t explain…

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How to be happily married to the military

Posted March 24, 2016 by 393rd Bomb Squadron spouse

For those who have been married, do you remember when you got engaged and people would give you all kinds of unsolicited advice? I remember my aunt telling me that when you marry a man, you don’t just marry him … you marry his whole family. No one ever tells you that when you marry…

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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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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted April 7, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Blessed by a touch It was a chapel event, not unlike other chapel events in that it featured food as a part of the festivities. During the meal I greeted a couple from our congregation. They were enjoying their meal, and as I passed behind them I leaned over, placed my hands on their shoulders,…

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Are you committed to the profession of arms?

Posted February 4, 2016 by by Senior Master Sgt. MARK JAMES

Have you “joined” the Air Force yet? If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re wearing a uniform with the words “U.S. Air Force” affixed to it and thus you’re probably confused by my question. My question means more than just your enlistment contract or appointment to a commission. It means a commitment to a…

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