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Armed Forces Day honors all military

Posted May 15, 2015 by from defense.gov

President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps…

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From the desk of the 452 AMW Inspector General

Posted May 15, 2015 by by Col. Ray Danowski

Col. Ray Danowski Inspector General Maj. Evert Wells, Deputy Inspector General The success of our FWA program lies with each individual assigned to the base. Support by both military and civilian members is crucial in preventing and eliminating FWA. You must report any FWA or lack of controls that could allow resources to be wasted…

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I will always be their mom, she will always be mine

Posted May 8, 2015 by by Linda Welz

My mother is an amazing woman. As a single mother, she raised three children providing my older brother, younger sister and me with everything we needed to become decent adults, able to contribute something worthwhile to society. She taught us basic goodness and compassion. She pulled herself out of the depths of domestic violence early…

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Ten ways to help kids conquer military life challenges

Posted April 24, 2015 by by Sarah Heynen

We often say that military kids face “unique challenges,” but what does that really mean? Military children grow up fast. They know firsthand what big change feels like, from saying goodbye to friends to learning new languages and customs. They learn terms like “PCS,” “period of adjustment,” and “deployment,” sometimes before they can even spell…

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Women can succeed in a man’s world

Posted March 27, 2015 by by Pamela Hann

As most women in certain career fields will agree, most days you’ll find that you’re the only woman in the room. Since I chose a career in engineering there were often few women in my classes in college, but generally I was not the only woman in the room. After graduating with a Bachelor of…

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I appreciate you

Posted March 6, 2015 by by Linda Welz

Today is the 26th annual Employee Appreciation Day. On the first Friday of March managers of all levels are encouraged to support and reward their employees, and to show their appreciation! What?! You’ve never heard of it? Well it’s time to spread the word! In this age of do more with less, employers are often…

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Hollywood’s Oscar shout outs for U.S. military

Posted February 27, 2015 by by George A. Smith

An hour before actors started the walk down the red carpet into the Oscars, hundreds of people ignored rain, chill and elbows to cheer, then chant for the U.S. military. It was a result of the Oscar’s Red Carpet announcer asking the crowd to “show some love” for the U.S. military.  An American Forces Network…

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Overcoming failures: Don’t be a carrot or an egg

Posted January 30, 2015 by by Maj. Eric Tucker

You will fail. The question is, how will you respond? This reminds me of a parable of the carrot, egg and coffee. A senior airman was distraught when he learned he did not make staff sergeant after his first time testing. His staff sergeant supervisor saw a teaching opportunity and the next day he filled…

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Culture shock: Returning to America after 26 years

Posted January 16, 2015 by Commentary by George A. Smith

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 of constant moisture for the land of perpetual sun?” “Well,” I’d say, “Park the tofu and the skateboard and I’ll share…

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