Commentary

Don’t underestimate importance of sacrifice

Posted August 4, 2017 by by Chief Master Sgt. MATTHEW LUSSON

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Feb. 19, 2015. As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations today, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April of 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman at the time, to be my…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted October 16, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Capt.) James Lanford

Take a break and rejuvenate Three weeks ago, I had the opportunity to take some time away from work and enjoy the beach, beautiful sunsets, friends and the stillness of holding my wife’s hand without kids on our anniversary getaway.  It was a time to relax, remember how it all started, celebrate the many milestones,…

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Do your goals match your dreams?

Posted October 16, 2015 by by Master Sgt. EVELARDO DE LEON

As a young man I grew up in a not so great area of San Antonio, Texas. My parents were not perfect people but they did invest in me. We were a family of little means, but my parents instilled values and morals in me. They taught me the basics and to be a man…

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Labor Day: How it all began

Posted September 11, 2015 by by Airman 1st Class AUDRA STANTON

The first Monday of September we celebrate the holiday that recognizes the rights of the everyday worker. Labor Day is the product of the labor movement and dedicated to the social and economic achievements of Americans. It stands as a tribute to the contributions workers made to earn the working rights that exist today. In…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted February 11, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Sing a song Full of the faith that the dark past Has taught us, Sing a song Full of the hope that the present Has brought us. ~ James Weldon Johnson These lyrics from the hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing” were written by James Weldon Johnson. This song, often called the Black National Anthem,…

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Adapt and overcome

Posted April 14, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer

PEORIA, Ill. (AFNS) —  My firstborn child recently turned 2 months old. Amidst the irresistible joy of having a new little buddy, I look back over these last eight weeks and wonder how my spouse and I survived. I am a writer, but there are no words I can find adequate enough to describe the…

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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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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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Airpower starts here

Posted February 18, 2016 by by Master Sgt. CHARLES LOFTUS

I walked into a recruiter’s office looking for a change in my life on Feb. 11, 1999. What I knew about the Air Force was very little except what my two older brothers had told me. It all happened fast as I started my first day of Basic Military Training 14 days later. Once I…

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Narrow scope, improve force

Posted November 3, 2017 by by Lt. Col. NELSON ROULEAU

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Our collective failure to lead boldly and teach others to do the same has led us toward the end of our runway. Airmen are watching Young military leaders vicariously learn the easiest path to promotion is through conservative decisions, and a single mistake may cost a career. In light…

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