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Suicide prevention: What you can do

Posted September 12, 2014 by Capt. Relinda Hatcher

http://www.airforcemedicine.af.mil/suicideprevention AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AFNS) — September 8 through 14 is National Suicide Prevention Week. However, many people are hesitant to get involved in the discussion on the topic of suicide prevention. This is concerning because the ability to get involved and intervene is critical to saving lives. Suicide and suicidal behavior affect all…

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Eliminating stigma: Leadership responsibility

Posted September 5, 2014 by Lt. Col. Chris Karns

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As a child, a close relative of mine committed suicide. In those days, mental health was only discussed in hushed tones and little support was available. I was shaped by this experience and in my military career, I have tried to create an environment where people feel comfortable discussing their problems and…

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Revisiting, examining four elements of leadership

Posted August 29, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Albert Novelli

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Whenever I see a new revision of the Professional Development Guide, I find myself reflecting on an experience I had meeting an awards board almost 20 years ago. I was a young staff sergeant and my flight chief was a panel member. He came up with a question from the 1993…

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Deeds, not words make ‘quiet professionals’

Posted August 29, 2014 by Maj. Peter Abercrombie

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — As I was preparing for my assumption of command of the 60th Aerial Port Squadron, I was learning as much as I could about the squadron. One thing I immediately looked at was our squadron patch, because I wanted to see the emblem that represents the squadron to the rest of…

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Leadership Lessons: Do you know our Air Force Heritage?

Posted August 22, 2014 by Lt. Col. Rudolf Kuehne

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — On June 28, 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie were assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist. One month later on July 28, the Austrian-Hungary Empire declared war on Serbia and by mid-August the great powers of Europe would be embroiled in war. Within a short time…

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U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter
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15 seconds: A rude awakening

Posted August 15, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Cliffton Dolezal

U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter Airmen and their families hit the road every summer to travel and enjoy a little relaxation. When making travel arrangements that involve driving long distances, be sure to get enough rest the night before and take breaks as needed. LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark….

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Voice within

Posted August 8, 2014 by Anonymous

LANGLEY AFB, Va. — “Can your significant other sexually assault you?” The answer was a resounding silence. No one knew how to answer the ‘Sex Signals’ speaker. I knew. I knew the answer. Rather, the sudden urge to vomit and then excuse myself from the auditorium gave me my answer. “Yes. Oh, my God. Yes,” said a…

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Understanding sergeant’s words: ‘I’ve got your back’

Posted August 8, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Patricia Yelverton

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Seeing the newly selected staff sergeants recently brought back memories of when I was selected for staff sergeant. Actually, my thoughts went to the night I graduated Airman Leadership School. As I crossed the stage after receiving my completion certificate, my co-workers gathered to congratulate me and shake my…

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Analog Leadership in a Digital World

Posted August 1, 2014 by Col. David E. Blocker

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — In today’s military, every service member is a leader, and we all live in a “digital world.” Look around any gathering of people; most of us are online with some form of computer or electronic device the majority of time we are awake. At home station or deployed, portable electronic devices…

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Lessons learned: Deployment exercise gives new insight

Posted July 25, 2014 by Master Sgt. Nicholas Alessi

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar Master Sgt. Nicholas Alessi, New Horizons engineer 820th RED HORSE Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., lays block at the Edward P. Yorke school construction site April 9, in Belize City, Belize. The site is one of five sites throughout Belize receiving new facilities…

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