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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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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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Strengthening our core

Posted July 27, 2012 by by Col. Jim Dryjanski

WASHINGTON D.C. — The greatest threat to the United States Air Force right now is not external, but from within. The allegations of sexual misconduct at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, splashed across the news will undoubtedly be fully investigated and criminal behavior will be prosecuted appropriately. The victims will be heard and they will…

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Straight from the horse’s mouth

Posted November 2, 2012 by by Chaplin Bob Meissner

Resiliency is something we spend a lot of time talking about in the Air Force. There are good reasons for this. We face changes and challenges to ourselves and our families. Circumstances may arise in our lives that we have no control over. Some of them may leave us with feelings of fear and uncertainty….

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The hardest victory is over self

Posted March 25, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. Gigi Manning

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — How many times have you procrastinated over an issue because you “just didn’t feel like it,” didn’t complete career development timely, or maintain or attain fitness? I am sure we have all done some of these things at some point in time. Now ask yourself, of those times in which…

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