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Technology helps overcome deployment challenges

Posted April 6, 2018 by by Tech. Sgt. JAMES HODGMAN

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Military life is not easy. The men and women who serve in our armed forces protect our freedoms and way of life. They make tremendous sacrifices along with their families in service to our country. Service members often have to endure times of separation from their loved ones, from…

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New AETC strategic plan online

Posted March 2, 2018 by by Lt. Gen. STEVE KWAST

I’m excited to announce the new 2018 AETC Strategic Plan. Some of you may be wondering why we need a new strategic plan. While it would be tempting to rest on our laurels, our adversaries are certainly not resting. Today’s and tomorrow’s challenges demand that those of us who train and educate the force move…

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Move or die: Why speed matters, how troops can get faster

Posted March 2, 2018 by by Army Maj. NICK BARRINGER

Editor’s note: The following is an opinion piece. The writer’s views expressed here do not represent those of the Defense Department. An enemy soldier scans the horizon. He notices a flash of movement in front of him. He quickly aims at his target and sends 120 grains of lead flying toward it at more than…

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Help siblings adjust to new baby

Posted March 2, 2018 by

Having a baby can be an exciting time for families. It may also lead to a major adjustment period for any existing children involved, especially little ones. Being prepared, having patience and applying a strategic approach can help set a successful outcome. Here are some suggestions to help siblings feel more involved and secure during…

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More than I asked for

Posted February 2, 2018 by by Airman 1st Class TESSA CORRICK

I left home for the first time in my 20 years of living on Jan. 10, 2017, to become an Airman. I saw the Air Force as an opportunity to better myself through professionalism, education and experience. As a first generation Airman I went in blind, but I knew what I wanted, and I wasn’t…

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Asking for help sign of strength not weakness

Posted December 1, 2017 by by Maj. Gen. MARK BROWN

Growing up I was a big fan of Muhammad Ali. He was the world heavyweight-boxing champion and unashamedly referred to himself as “The Greatest.” I vividly remember a reporter asking Ali, “When did you know that you were ‘The Greatest?’” Before Ali could answer, the reporter offered, “Perhaps it was when you knocked out George…

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Tis season to drink responsibly

Posted December 1, 2017 by by Col. MAUREEN HARBACK

It’s that time of year when holiday parties and late night celebrations begin to fill our calendars and we look forward to spending time with family and friends to celebrate our own special reasons for the season. Every Christmas Eve, I celebrate my life, and I give thanks for being able to share the holiday…

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Gift-giving fun with right toy selection

Posted December 1, 2017 by Courtesy of 56th Medical Operations Squadron

With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us have made our list and checked it twice. Toys are often the gift of choice for children. Following the guidelines below can help ensure the best selections for each child. Tips for selecting toys: 1. Ensure the toy is developmentally appropriate. It should be challenging yet not…

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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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Three pounds, 11 ounces of resiliency

Posted November 3, 2017 by by Senior Airman SHELBY HORN

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — As military members we are inundated with training and speeches about resiliency. We hear it so often that it can get dull and become just another checked box on your records, until the message gets personally delivered in a place you’d never expect. In 2016 my husband and I…

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