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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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Random acts of kindness go far

Posted June 22, 2012 by by Chaplain Aaron Klaves

The 1999 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, held in New Zealand, brought leaders from around the world together to discuss the challenges of sustaining domestic economic reform and liberalization. Among those in attendance, was newly appointed and virtually unknown, Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin. During dinner, Putin unknowingly caught the attention of the then…

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5-year clock puts re-employment rights in jeopardy

Posted October 5, 2012 by by Jim Strickland

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Eleven years ago many of us took off our suits, welder’s masks, gloves, donned our uniforms and went off to defend our nation following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. We did not know what the future would hold. Our employers told us to go, do our duty. We…

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Physical fitness: Struggle between mind, body, pain

Posted January 25, 2013 by by Airman 1st Class Jared Trimarchi

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — Losing weight isn’t easy. It took almost five months to accomplish my goal of losing 40 pounds. I am physically average, but mentally I am tough. To lose the weight, I motivated myself after I experienced a humiliating personal setback. I was serving in a position my old eating habits did not…

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How to keep the door from closing: Foreclosure rights for service members

Posted May 31, 2013 by by Aaron Brynildson

Given the unique housing concerns of military members and the current economic times, foreclosures and other financial issues are occurring in high numbers for military families.

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Leaders advise against merging Guard, Reserve

Posted November 1, 2013 by Col. Bob Thompson

Courtesy photo Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, the chief of the Air Force Reserve, testifies to the National Commission of the Structure of the Air Force October 24, 2013 in Arlington, Va. The National Commission of the Structure of the Air Force was established by Congress this year to comprehensively study the U.S. Air Force…

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Social media requires caution with political material

Posted August 1, 2014 by Master Sgt. Christian Michael

Most Americans are born with a political rattle in their hands, and learn to shake it early. While U.S. culture promotes opinions and debate, the Department of Defense (DOD), U.S. Air Force and Air Reserve Personnel Center wish to remind Airmen that, while on active duty – and even for reservists who may be perceived…

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Safety, common sense help ensure happy holidays

Posted December 19, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Kathleen T. Rhem

I’ve always felt there are two important things to keep in mind during the holidays: Don’t let baby mistake the light-up nose on your Rudolph decoration for her “Baby’s 1st Christmas” pacifier, and go easy on the rum if you share the eggnog with your cat.

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Taming the TDY beast of single parenting

Posted May 29, 2015 by Capt. Perry Covington

Courtesy photo Taming the beast together makes for one big happy family, right? Greetings my fellow service members. I have just come from the belly of the beast and I would like to share my experience with everyone. You may be wondering what ‘beast’ I’m referring to. It is an experience that many of you…

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Never saw this coming: Lessons learned in trying times

Posted March 27, 2012 by Staff

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas “” I had the world by the tail: U. S. Air Force Academy graduate, Air Force pilot, six-time commander, 30-year Air Force career, and two stars; fit, healthy and strong. But subtle problems appeared out of nowhere: occasional vertigo, mild persistent headaches, cognitive challenges, having to stop during a hard…

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