Commentary

It’s all about the hooks

Posted March 3, 2017 by Commentary and photo by Master Sgt. Benjamin Wilson

SOUTHWEST ASIA — High above Mosul, Iraq, a fighter pilot arrives on station. Now within 20 nautical miles of the target, the pilot arms the weapons on board and checks in with a joint terminal attack controller, identifying the call sign, position and combat load of munitions. The pilot can see explosions, small arms fire…

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Hands on appreciation
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Thank you so much for all the ‘Thanks’

Posted March 3, 2017 by Commentary and photo by Master Sgt. Mike Smith

LOUISVILLE, Tenn. — If I went through my past receipts on military discounts I would calculate a lot of cash left in my wallet from the generosity and appreciation of American businesses through the years; especially from hardware stores. A kitchen renovation is the newest project I’m tackling on my own time since its mid-winter…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … What time is it?

Posted March 3, 2017 by

Tim Allen’s much beloved sitcom from the 90s, “Home Improvement,” always began with the TV studio audience being asked the question, “What time is it?,” to which the audience shouted “It’s tool time.” The line never got old because you knew the next part of the show would include an inane demonstration of some tool…

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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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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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Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Grace Lee
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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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