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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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Skills, training, attitude help keep motorcycling safe

Posted May 11, 2012 by by Steven W. Duranceau

Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. — Have you ever wondered why a terrible event, such as a motorcycle mishap, could end well in one situation, yet tragic in another? Sometimes it’s just sheer luck. Most often, what influences the outcome is whether or not the motorcycle rider had the right skills, training and attitude. Personally,…

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AF senior leaders stress safety over Labor Day weekend

Posted August 31, 2012 by U.S. Air Force news release

WASHINGTON D.C. — Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the following message ...

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A dignified deployment

Posted December 14, 2012 by by Staff Sergeant Caitlin Jones

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Before deploying, we [Airmen] endure months of training to prepare for it. We are taught to use weapons, scan areas with vigilant eyes and if needed, save our wingman’s life. None of that training could have prepared me for my first deployment. My name is Caitlin Jones, I am…

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AFPC implements live chat capability on myPers website

Posted May 3, 2013 by Senior Airman Ian Hoachlander

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas – The Air Force Personnel Center now provides live chat capability through the myPers website, AFPC officials announced recently. Since April 5, live chat capability has provided users interested in retiring with the option of real time communication with personnel specialists. Additional topics will be rolled out in phases…

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Do you believe in ghosts?

Posted October 4, 2013 by Linda Welz

Courtesy photo/Mathieu Beaulieu These two apparitions were captured recently, on base, with an infra-red video camera, during the early morning hours, in a dark room with no lights. Every person on the investigation team is accounted for in the video and none of them saw anything when they were in the room. When the camera…

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Observing National Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted May 23, 2014 by Kathleen Sebelius

During Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize the significant advances our nation has made in our understanding of mental illness and in improving support and care for individuals with mental health problems. It is also an important opportunity to renew our commitment to addressing the many challenges people with mental illness can face every day….

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