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‘Why not … Minot?’

Posted May 20, 2016 by Senior Master Sgt. Don Slayton

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — When I received notification about my assignment to Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, apprehension overwhelmed me. Throughout my career, I heard about Minot and how “terrible” it was because it was “cold and windy” all year long as well as how “remote and isolated” it was from everything….

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New mantra must be ‘People first, mission always’

Posted May 20, 2016 by Senior Master Sgt. Claus Peris

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — If you’ve been around long enough, you’ve heard the phrase “Mission first, people always.” Today’s Airmen are busy. Whether its high ops tempo, constant deployments or low manning, our Airmen are being asked to do more and more every day. Nothing is more important than accomplishing the mission —…

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Never Again

Posted May 20, 2016 by Holocaust Rememberance Committee

John Prendergast once said, “The biggest road block to action on genocide and other human rights crimes is ignorance.

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Empowerment: More than just a word

Posted May 13, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Ryan Sparks

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — I am a first-term Airman at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. I am approaching one year time on station and getting close to achieving the next skill level in my job. At this stage in my career, my number one focus is on training and mastering…

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Putting mental health in focus

Posted May 6, 2016 by Prerana Korpe

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Nearly one in five adults or 43 million Americans, have a diagnosable mental disorder according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Contrary to many other brain disorders, effective treatments are available for mental disorders. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time of year to bring awareness to mental health…

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Voices

Posted May 6, 2016 by Chaplain (Capt.) Jason T. Klodnicki

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “I sound just like my mother!” — “I swore I would never say that to my children!” These are phrases that sometimes grace our lips as we live our lives and grow and experience family. We sometimes, like history, repeat the follies of our parents and bestow more stories…

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Introspection

Posted April 29, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Jack Johnson Jr.

At each person’s unique period in life, they begin to look back, wondering if they truly made a difference.

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#NotJustApril: Know your part, do your part

Posted April 22, 2016 by Lorinda Pirrie Peterson

PETERSON AIR FORCE AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Working in the field of sexual assault prevention and response, it’s presumable that I think about the subject more frequently than the average person. As such, my children have been subjected to a plethora of discussions regarding risk reduction and effective bystander intervention — far too many…

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Please give tomorrow a chance

Posted April 22, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Steve K. McDonald

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va.—In March 1983, I was 16 years old and a senior in high school. I had a sister who was 17 and a brother who just turned 19. Through interesting circumstances, we were all seniors together. On March 4, 1983, my brother committed suicide. That was a tough time for our…

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Adapt, overcome

Posted April 15, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer

PEORIA, Ill. — My firstborn child recently turned 2 months old. Amidst the irresistible joy of having a new little buddy, I look back over these last eight weeks and wonder how my spouse and I survived. I am a writer, but there are no words I can find adequate enough to describe the terror…

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