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Focus on War’s Unseen Wounds

Posted July 6, 2012 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a National Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day commentary published in the San Antonio Express-News, June 27, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta asked Americans to join the Defense Department in its continuing efforts to address the unseen wounds of war. Here is the secretary’s commentary: For more than 10 years of war,…

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Teamwork: We could all use a helping hand

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Chaplain Bob Meissner

I talked with a chaplain recently about his late grandfather who competed in horse-pulling contests. Yes, horse pulling. That’s a reality show I haven’t seen yet. The horses would be hitched up to a log or stone, or anything else that might be handy. The object was to see whose team could pull the most….

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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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Where did I come from: Where am I today

Posted June 7, 2013 by Patricia Vegas

“I am an American!” That statement alone cannot provide a visual description of the person making the claim. Unlike most countries, America comprises a diverse population of people with ethnic backgrounds that originate from every corner of the globe. This type of demographic-recipe enables America to be a world leader among other countries. My pursuit…

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Three little words: Overworked and underpaid

Posted November 22, 2013 by Linda Welz

Have you ever heard anyone say they are overworked and underpaid? Do you sometimes feel that way? I do, but then I always fall back on, “Thank God I have a job!” In this day and age, many of us are feeling like we just don’t have enough time or help to get everything done…

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Go After the OC!M

Posted August 22, 2014 by Chaplain (Capt.) Timothy G. Jacobs

“If the only reason you’re avoiding taking on a challenge is because the idea scares you, then that’s the reason to take it on.” That line comes from Steve Farber’s The Radical Leap, a great little book on leadership that follows the journey of a man who stands at the edge of his future but…

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Pentagon salutes Dr. King’s life, legacy

Posted January 23, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Jake Richmond

DoD photo by Casper Manlangit Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work makes remarks during a Martin Luther King Jr. observance at the Pentagon, Jan. 15, 2015. WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Department members gathered Jan. 15 at the Pentagon’s annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, ahead of the federal holiday. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob…

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Candid Comments | Month of the Military Child

Posted April 13, 2012 by

What is it like to serve as a Military Child? Riley Lin Gautier, 10 & Sully James Gautier, 7 U.S. Army dependants Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska Hobbies: Riley likes gymnastics, “The Wonder Years” and cleaning; Sully likes wrestling and video games “At first it’s really sad when my dad leaves. The worst thing about my dad…

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March’s Dental chief speaks out

Posted August 3, 2012 by by Lt. Col. Jesus A. Flores

As a dentist who has been at March Air Reserve Base for more than 18 years, I noticed that dental compliance has always been a difficult issue with many members on this base. Although it is mandatory by a DOD directive from AFRC, many squadrons continue to have a high non-compliance rate for their dental…

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Through Airmen’s Eyes: Airman battles breast cancer

Posted November 9, 2012 by by Airman 1st Class Chacarra Walker

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C.  — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.) “I was 21 years old and didn’t think I was strong enough to beat two cancers — I thought my life was over,” said Senior Airman…

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