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SAPR: More than an Air Force Acronym

Posted August 15, 2014 by Col. Scott Sauter

As an Airman and a senior leader in the Air Force Reserve, I’ve seen firsthand the devastating impacts of sexual assault on an Air Force organization. Regardless of your unit or military status, Active or Reserve, no one is immune to these impacts nor absolved of their responsibility to combat the instances of sexual assault…

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Culture shock: Returning to America after 26 years

Posted January 16, 2015 by George A. Smith

George A. Smith German autobahn drivers get to drive as fast as they want. In Southern California, it’s good they can’t. When I first came to Southern California after living 26 years in Germany, I heard questions from tanned guys in shorts that went something like, “Dude how does it feel to leave a land…

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Take Time to Thank Unsung Heroes During Women’s History Month

Posted March 30, 2012 by Staff

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas “” The topic of women came up in my office the other day. We were trying to figure out the best way to highlight Women’s History Month in the post newspaper, and we decided to ask a few outstanding women, “If you could be any other woman, who would you be…

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Searching for answers during bad times

Posted August 3, 2012 by by Chaplain Aaron Klaves

In the aftermath of the Aurora, Colorado, shooting, people across the nation began trying to make sense of this truly senseless act. Of course, some people immediately needed answers about friends and loved ones living nearby: Were they at the movie theater that night? If so, are they ok? Police agencies, too, were quickly looking…

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Candid Comments | November 9, 2012

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Chief Master Sgt. Robert Ehlers Job: Air transportation manager Unit: 56th Aerial Port Squadron Hometown: Anaheim, Calif. Hobbies: Jogging, softball and golf As soon as we got the call that March Field would spin-up airlift operations, in support of restoration efforts for those devastated by super-storm Sandy, I immediately began to rally our traditional reservists…

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It takes a village

Posted March 30, 2013 by Senior Master Sgt. Haisshia Havens

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — “Hey, Mom, guess what!” It was an innocent start to a recent conversation with my son that served as a real wake-up call for me. When my 10-year-old told me someone had asked him if he wanted to get high, my first reaction was to begin interrogating him with a…

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Where there’s a will…

Posted July 19, 2013 by Maj. Deric Prescott

The last thing your family needs to worry about after you pass away is settling your legal affairs. With the complications that may arise when dealing with an individual’s estate, it can never be too early to think about estate planning. However, knowing exactly what instruments you should have ready can be confusing. Making a…

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Thinking of nothing

Posted February 14, 2014 by Chaplain (Capt.) John Schuck

This year has opened with cutbacks in defense spending as well as cuts in benefits and personnel. You may be overwhelmed with the additional work you are responsible for, or maybe stressed and wondering where you go from here because you were one of those cut. Before you get to the point of not being…

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Crash memories still painful for B-17 navigator

Posted September 26, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Matt Proietti

(Sixth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) The sound of footsteps at night on the wooden walkway outside his hut filled 2nd Lt. Sidney Solomon with dread. It was always a GI coming to notify him and his B-17 Flying Fortress crewmates they would be part of a…

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Every March, I mustache myself a question

Posted March 13, 2015 by Capt. Zach Anderson

U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jeffrey McMillen The author sports an ill-fated attempt at a mustache during a deployment to Central America in 2014. The attempted facial hair did not accompany him back home to the United States, nor will it be making a reappearance this March. 3/4/2015 – MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan….

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