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AF to implement force structure changes

Posted April 5, 2013 by Jennifer Cassidy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Air Force released its plan, March 28, to implement force structure changes mandated by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorized the service to complete actions approved in previous years, such as aircraft retirements and directed execution of Congressionally-approved force structure actions. Some of these changes were outlined in…

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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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Not too soon for spouse’s job hunt before moving

Posted March 30, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As service members start to receive their orders for summer moves, it’s time for working spouses to update resumes, start networking for job opportunities and contact career counselors at their new locations, a Pentagon official recommends. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Meg O’Grady, program manager,…

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What’s your reflection

Posted March 25, 2013 by Chaplain Robert Meissner

We pass by them every day. There are probably many throughout your house or apartment. They are displayed in stores, bathrooms, hotels, or cars. Moreover, they show us who we are and what we look like to the rest of the world. Can you guess what they are? If you guessed mirrors, you’d be on…

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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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Sequestration is here

Posted March 15, 2013 by by Lt. Col. Michael Tatum

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — By now, most Americans are aware of America’s fiscal crisis. The national debt is at $16.5 trillion and rising. The fiscal crisis is driving the need for budget cuts across the federal government. The Defense Department makes up approximately 20 percent of the federal budget, so we should expect the…

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Adjust, Adapt, Flourish

Posted March 8, 2013 by by Chaplain Bob Meissner

Last night my wife and I watched a movie classic, “A Street Car Named Desire.” I knew about it and of Tennessee Williams, who wrote a play with the same name. As we settled in to enjoy this Hollywood classic, I eventually realized that the reality did not meet my expectations. What was considered a…

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Women’s History Month: Proclamation from the President

Posted March 8, 2013 by by President Barack Obama

For more than two centuries, our Nation has grown under the simple creed that each of us is created equal. It is a notion that makes America unlike any other place on earth — a country where no matter where you come from or what you look like, you can go as far as your…

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Plan ahead for those you love

Posted March 1, 2013 by by Airman 1st Class Alexander Riedel

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — Last year, I dealt with the death of two people who were very close to me. In September, my father unexpectedly passed away at the age of 59, due to an illness. The man I thought to be indestructible, suddenly was gone. Also, almost two months later, a longtime…

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Has anyone ever really seen God face-to-face?

Posted February 22, 2013 by by Chaplain Elbert Fadallan

One of the important “faith questions” we chaplains often hear is, “Has anyone ever seen God?” If, on your own faith journey or in your effort to seek the Almighty, you have asked this question, you’re not alone. Believers of a variety of faiths, as well as doubters, have asked this question since the beginning…

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