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Get to know your first sergeants

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Master Sgt. Randall Hopp

What does a train conductor, a school teacher, a bronze star with valor recipient, an ice cream scooper, a top secret projects administrator and the owner of the best-looking mustache in the Air Force Reserve have in common? Are they contestants on a reality show or characters in a thrilling novel? No — they are…

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Stressed Out Lately?

Posted June 8, 2012 by by Staff Sgt. Stacy Irvin

Life can really throw zingers at our game plan, huh? We are so eager to excel in our lives by hoping that certain events will occur, which catapult us to the next and better level. Yet, when a myriad of changes occur simultaneously, we can easily become stressed or overwhelmed. I speak from experience because…

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A day for Constitutional conversation

Posted September 28, 2012 by Commentary by Ken Dodd

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — Sept. 17, 2012, marked the 225th anniversary of the signing of America’s Constitution. As federal employees, we commemorate that anniversary with Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. This day was established to ensure all federal agency employees have the opportunity to learn more about America’s great charter, the U.S….

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March Minutes | January 18, 2013

Posted January 25, 2013 by

Cliff Gonzales Recreation Assistant, 452 FSS Hometown: Riverside, California 0630 The smell of percolating coffee is my signal to get up and get my day in gear. 0730 After viewing about one half-hour of my favorite news channel, I make my way in to the office to do my part as a Team March member. 0807 My first…

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Autism, …

Posted May 17, 2013 by Capt. Jessica L. Ditson, MSW candidate

With world Autism awareness month coming to an end, I wonder, being the parent of a child affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and part of military leadership, did it help? Specifically, has military leadership become any more aware of the trials and tribulations that raising a child with ASD can have on military families?…

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U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson
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My journey to become an Air Force reservist

Posted October 25, 2013 by Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson Senior Airman Russell McMillan reports to the 452nd Air Mobility Wing public affairs office, his new duty section, the day after he was named Distiguished Honor Graduate at his Defense Information School graduation for Photojournalist at Fort George Meade, Md. McMillan offers his first Beacon submission, in the…

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Caring for our Airmen in times of tragedy

Posted July 20, 2012 by by Lt. Col. Jupe Etheridge

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) — Do you have Airmen who depend on you? If so, are you ready for when unthinkable tragedies strike? How about an accidental death, a suicide, battlefield casualty, or even murder, are you prepared to inform families, friends and coworkers? Prepared or not, the aftermath of such an event may…

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I would go to war with you any day of the week

Posted October 26, 2012 by by Darnell Gardner

ORI stories: As told by Maj. Kevin Marzette, 50th Aerial Port Squadron Having served time in the U.S. Army, the most profound compliment that can be rendered to a fellow soldier is, ‘I would go to war with you any day of the week.’ Well, my experience during the recent Operational Readiness Exercise, Sept. 16…

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Sequestration is here

Posted March 15, 2013 by by Lt. Col. Michael Tatum

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — By now, most Americans are aware of America’s fiscal crisis. The national debt is at $16.5 trillion and rising. The fiscal crisis is driving the need for budget cuts across the federal government. The Defense Department makes up approximately 20 percent of the federal budget, so we should expect the…

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Fighting to be fit: the Total Fitness concept

Posted June 28, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Carrie M. Peasinger

Fitness means something to every Air Force member, with Fit 2 Fight as the leading doctrine to ensure members receive the most up-to-date information pertaining to health and fitness. To remain mission-ready all members must meet certain standards. While this is nothing new to members, it is a requirement we need to remain conscious of…

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