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What service before self truly means

Posted January 6, 2017 by Chief Master Sgt. Bill E. Fitch II

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — In the summer of 2002, my wife Denise taught me the true meaning of service before self. We had just been stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, where I started teaching technical training school. We moved into a house on base, we met our neighbors and I started…

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Earning the GAFPB: an Airman’s evolution

Posted January 6, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Derek Seifert

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Swimming has never been a problem for me in the past, but this time was different. As I walked out of the locker room and saw the line of U.S. Army Soldiers and U.S. Navy Sailors waiting and watching as fellow participants struggled to complete the swim, a feeling of…

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Just Say No! Easy answer to marijuana use question for military members

Posted December 2, 2016 by Major Simone V. Davis

On Jan. 1, 2017, recreational use of marijuana will become legal in Nevada. Does that mean you, a military member stationed at or temporary duty to Nellis (or Creech), will be able to light up? Not so fast! Marijuana use is and will continue to be a crime under military law. The fact that Nevada…

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Created for Connection

Posted November 18, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) Tam L. Cookson

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — It’s about relationships — doing life in community. Humans are created for relationships. The need to love and be loved motivates us. The sense of belonging drives us. The value of connection draws us to others. Relationships come in all shapes and sizes. You may possess strong family ties…

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Find combination to unlock your Airmen

Posted November 18, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Michael Thomas

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — There is not a more important position in our Air Force than that of a supervisor, but just being put in charge of personnel is not enough. Our official approach of a supervisor’s responsibility is to influence his or her followers to perform an action, complete a task, or…

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I was abused, reasons I ignored it

Posted November 4, 2016 by 931st Air Refueling Wing

Courtesy photo Domestic Violence Awareness Month, observed in October, was established to raise awareness and reduce the numbers of those abused. MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.—October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In observance of this, this article discusses one citizen Airman’s experience to shed light on this issue. “I swear I would never have hit…

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Becoming human again: Developing empathy

Posted October 21, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Jodi Martinez

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — From the moment we’re born, we need human interaction and crave to be understood. It can have a profound effect upon our personal lives by making us feel empowered or conversely by making us feel powerless if those needs are neglected. It also extends into our professional lives. In…

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#BeThere

Posted October 7, 2016 by Master Sgt. Wendy Barraza

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.—When the phone rings in the middle of the night, it’s like an alarm going off in your brain. No one calls at one in the morning to say they were “just thinking of you.” I received one of those calls 13 years ago and woke to my mom telling me…

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As long as it takes: Pursuing chaplaincy, one career field at a time

Posted October 7, 2016 by 2nd Lt.Mara Title

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — From the time I decided to join the Air Force back in 2005, I knew I wanted to help support our Airmen. I had a journalism background, and was excited to enlist in a broadcasting career. I got to listen and see all that our Airmen are doing worldwide,…

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Absentee voter tips for military members

Posted September 28, 2016 by

DOD photograph Members of the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team pass on the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s message for U.S. military and overseas citizens to submit their absentee ballots in time for the upcoming general election. With less than two months until the general election on Nov. 8, absentee voters are beginning to receive their…

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