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Commander sends holiday season greetings to Citizen Airmen

Posted December 6, 2013 by Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson

WASHINGTON — As we finish this year and look forward to the next, I want to thank you for your outstanding commitment and professionalism. You and your fellow Citizen Airmen clearly displayed a “service before self” attitude. From sequestration to the government shutdown, the budget challenges were numerous. I appreciate your dedication to the mission,…

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Through my eyes: Surviving sexual assault

Posted April 27, 2012 by Airman Daniel B. Blackwell

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AFNS) — “That night, my whole world turned upside down,” said Airman Samantha Smith, a sexual assault survivor in the Air Force. On the night Smith was recalling, she became a victim of sexual assault and took her first of many steps down the road to recovery. That night, Smith…

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Candid Comments | August 24, 2012

Posted August 24, 2012 by

Maj. Anna B Ruiz Unit: 452 Mission Support Group Job: Executive Officer Hometown: Holtville, Calif. Hobbies: Photography, traveling, skydiving and gardening Two years ago, on Easter, I was at San Onofre Beach on Camp Pendleton when an earthquake struck Mexicali, Baja Calif. I’d recommend that you maintain your situational awareness. If indoors, drop to the…

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Precious resources

Posted November 30, 2012 by by Chaplain Aaron Klaves

These days, we hear a lot about the many different resources available in the military. If you are in need of financial help, you can choose from various military programs being offered. If you have legal issues or questions, most military bases have a legal staff that provides tons of helpful information.  On the other…

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Using my voice to find my strength

Posted April 26, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Christina M. Styer

 SOUTHWEST ASIA — I felt like everyone knew how stupid I was and because I made bad choices, he got away with it. I did make really bad choices — choices that allowed me to put myself in a position to get sexually assaulted, just two months after turning 21 years old. My story is not that…

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U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carrie M. Peasinger
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Encouragement and being ready, key to quitting tobacco use

Posted September 6, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carrie M. Peasinger Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson, 452nd Air Mobility Wing public affairs, prepares to serve during a tennis warm-up. Davidson started playing tennis in 1989, after he quit smoking, as a healthy alternative. He now plays regularly and hasn’t smoked in more than 25 years. With the Healthy Base…

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Additional FY14 civilian workforce shaping now parallel with military programs

Posted April 4, 2014 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

Air Force officials announced additional civilian workforce shaping initiatives March 26 in compliance with mandatory funding targets and continuing civilian workforce rebalance to meet skill demands for fiscal 2014 and beyond. The programs will run in parallel with military programs, said Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel…

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They really are ‘out to get you’

Posted June 22, 2012 by by Lt. Col. Michael Onines

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) — When I was first assigned a position to lead people in the Air Force, I was expected to be, among other things, a safety cheerleader, encouraging my team to avoid mishaps and work safely. This was a bit new to me and I found most safety lectures I sat through in…

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Candid Comments | October 5, 2012

Posted October 5, 2012 by

Master Sgt. Anhtuan L. Dang Job: Paralegal Unit: 452 AMW/Judge Advocate Hometown: Irvine, Calif. Hobbies: Reading, outdoor activities, Boy Scouts activities with sons My experience could be summed up as “Awesome!” There were some tasks that we performed well. However, there were some areas where we will need to dedicate additional training so that we…

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This Year Think Small

Posted January 25, 2013 by by Chaplain Aaron Klaves

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines the verb “snowball” as increasing, accumulating, expanding, or multiplying at a rapidly accelerating rate. New Year’s resolutions can be a lot like snowballs. Just as a small lump of earth can increase in mass and speed as it rolls down a snowy hill, large and daunting goals can be equally easy to…

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