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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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Adjust, Adapt, Flourish

Posted March 8, 2013 by by Chaplain Bob Meissner

Last night my wife and I watched a movie classic, “A Street Car Named Desire.” I knew about it and of Tennessee Williams, who wrote a play with the same name. As we settled in to enjoy this Hollywood classic, I eventually realized that the reality did not meet my expectations. What was considered a…

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Air Force Week kicks off in New York City
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Women’s History Month: Proclamation from the President

Posted March 8, 2013 by by President Barack Obama

For more than two centuries, our Nation has grown under the simple creed that each of us is created equal. It is a notion that makes America unlike any other place on earth — a country where no matter where you come from or what you look like, you can go as far as your…

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Plan ahead for those you love

Posted March 1, 2013 by by Airman 1st Class Alexander Riedel

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — Last year, I dealt with the death of two people who were very close to me. In September, my father unexpectedly passed away at the age of 59, due to an illness. The man I thought to be indestructible, suddenly was gone. Also, almost two months later, a longtime…

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Has anyone ever really seen God face-to-face?

Posted February 22, 2013 by by Chaplain Elbert Fadallan

One of the important “faith questions” we chaplains often hear is, “Has anyone ever seen God?” If, on your own faith journey or in your effort to seek the Almighty, you have asked this question, you’re not alone. Believers of a variety of faiths, as well as doubters, have asked this question since the beginning…

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Be A Super Hero
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Act like a Superhero

Posted February 15, 2013 by by Chief Master Sgt. Brian Bischoff

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. — I was recently picking up a few items at a local retail chain at lunchtime and everywhere I walked, someone wanted to shake my hand or say, “Thank you for your service.” It made me proud to be wearing the uniform of the U.S. Air Force. While waiting in…

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Academy grads leave legacy of diversity, inclusiveness

Posted February 8, 2013 by by Lt. Col. Patrick Clowney

WASHINGTON, D.C. — From day one at the U.S. Air Force Academy, every new cadet quickly learns about Capt. Lance Peter Sijan, the only Academy graduate to earn the Medal of Honor and the namesake of one of two cadet dormitories. Cadets are encouraged to read his biography, “Into the Mouth of the Cat,” which…

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Candid Comments | Women in Combat

Posted February 1, 2013 by

Master Sgt. Amy Cartas Job: Combat Videographer Unit: 4th Combat Camera Squadron Hometown: Murrieta, Calif. Women have been serving in combat for quite some time now and I speak from experience, because I have encountered hostile fire while assigned to units engaged in combat. Now that women are officially able to fill combat specific positions,…

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Relieving stress

Posted February 1, 2013 by by Staff Sgt. Alexis D. Boyd

In the hectic and often challenging world we live in, we constantly find our lives impacted by some sort of stress. Whether it is a mild or significant amount, stress is something that we all struggle with. We need to recognize early signs of stress in order to manage it to the best of our…

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"Fit for Freedom"
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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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