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Step up: Don’t be afraid to be a Mitchell, Doolittle, Arnold

Posted February 3, 2017 by by Lt. Gen. STEVEN KWAST

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Alabama — The U.S. Air Force is sitting at a nexus in which the world is becoming increasingly dangerous and complex. Our nation is asking us to do things that keep us busier now than ever before, yet we have fewer people now than at any point in our history —…

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Holiday budgeting important for new year

Posted December 14, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Grace Lee

Every year nearly 300 million Americans celebrate Christmas which entails not only spreading holiday cheer, but buying gifts for loved ones. While gift giving can be rewarding, the result can leave some financially unfit for the new year.

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Heavy drinking: Highway to disaster

Posted December 2, 2016 by Courtesy of af.mil

Heavy drinking is defined as consuming five or more standard drinks in one sitting. It is also considered “high risk” drinking due to the health concerns associated with drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Many stories about heavy drinking are glamorized, not publicized, or forgotten altogether, so behaviors don’t change. Here’s a story that illustrates the…

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Tbolt recalls father with love, respect, admiration

Posted December 2, 2016 by by SHARON KOZAK

“Duty, Honor, Country!” This phrase was uttered by the great Gen. Douglas MacArthur May 12, 1962, in his acceptance speech of the Sylvanus Thayer Award at the U.S. Military Academy. It has withstood the test of time and become the rallying cry for men and women in uniform and those who are, in one way…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted December 2, 2016 by Courtesy of Chap. (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Inspiration in a facility usage operating instruction This week, I had the joy of polishing a facility usage operating instruction. Admittedly, reviewing OIs is not exactly what I would call a good time but … meaning can be found in a thousand different circumstances. At its core, a facility usage OI is about space and…

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‘#BeThere’ before the call

Posted November 4, 2016 by by Master Sgt. Wendy Barraza

When the phone rings in the middle of the night, it’s like an alarm going off in your brain. No one calls at one in the morning to say they were “just thinking of you.” I received one of those calls 13 years ago and woke to my mom telling me my dad had died…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … Enjoy the moment …

Posted November 4, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

There is a four-foot high Lego tower on my kitchen counter. There are toy cars, small shoes, stuffed animals and a host of other things that were previously neatly put away scattered about my living room. There’s a pack-and-play thingy in the guest bedroom, sippy cups in the dish rack and jars of baby food…

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Solo student handles in-flight emergency

Posted November 4, 2016 by by DEBORAH LEUTHOLD with PHIL CORBELL

A Buckeye, Arizona, man maintained calm while following his training when he responded to an in-flight emergency that resulted in a safe landing of the airplane with no damage to pilot or aircraft. Nick Sherman, 18, took off from Glendale Municipal Airport during a training solo and was not expecting to deal with a broken…

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Absentee voter tips for military members

Posted September 28, 2016 by

DOD photograph Members of the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team pass on the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s message for U.S. military and overseas citizens to submit their absentee ballots in time for the upcoming general election. With less than two months until the general election on Nov. 8, absentee voters are beginning to receive their…

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Calling all millennials: Fight for your reputation

Posted September 1, 2016 by Story and graphic by Senior Airman CHIP PONS

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, RANDOLPH, Texas — As the debate over a massive generational gap within the military becomes more prevalent, members within different generational groups should pause and consider what each contributes to mission success, rather than what makes one better than the other. Yes, I am technically a millennial; however, I am so…

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