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Dealing with holiday stress

Posted December 4, 2015 by Capt. Jerry Novack

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — It’s that time of year again. All things pumpkin spice become all things peppermint; television networks start showing nostalgic, holiday-themed movies; in northwest Florida, we complain about cold weather while the rest of the country actually deals with winter; and I write the holiday stress mental health message. My…

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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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#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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Follow up; it can be a matter of life, death

Posted October 2, 2015 by Capt. David Liapis

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — She was a hero. She was someone who had the courage to act when it mattered most. She was a true wingman. She saw the warning signs of depression and suicidal ideations in a friend, she made the right calls, made the right decisions and her friend’s life was…

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Remember to not just celebrate but act

Posted January 22, 2016 by Master Sgt. Adonis Cabarle

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed Public Law 98-144, creating a federal holiday honoring the birthday of Marin Luther King Jr. Later, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday as a national day of service in 1994. The day is observed on the third Monday of…

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Next Level Instruction: Zero cost institutional improvement in Air Force

Posted June 3, 2016 by Maj. Ryan A. Slaughter

Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. — The final 18 months of my assignment to the 435th Fighter Training Squadron at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, brought about an interesting shift in our approach to student training that has cemented my views of leadership. During that time we actively sought out techniques and principles to improve…

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Invisible wounds

Posted February 17, 2017 by Special Agent Patrick McGee

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska—I’m an ambassador for the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program. As an ambassador, I’m an advocate for the program and I work in my local area to plan events which bring our wounded together. It’s a concept of family helping family. We are all in this great big Air Force family, and…

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Staying vigilant with cyber security

Posted October 30, 2015 by Senior Airman Adarius Petty

U.S. Air Force graphic by Adarius Petty October is cyber security awareness month and members are advised to stay mindful about what they say and post on social networks. In recent years military members and their families have faced dangers due to information leaked on social media. CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Cyber security…

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Celebrating Women’s History Month

Posted March 4, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Y. Barclay

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — It has been said that “you can’t know where you’re going without knowing where you’ve been.” For some, this quote may not mean much, but for the women of the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing, who provide the Air Force’s largest remotely piloted aircraft enterprise with support, this statement…

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Transparent leadership: An old concept for modern times

Posted August 12, 2016 by Col. Sean P. Larkin

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — We’re living in an age of hyper-connectivity. With sensors everywhere and supercomputers in our pockets, there’s a wealth of information available to everyone, whether it’s a review of a restaurant, an updated Air Force instruction or the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow (African or European). There are unofficial…

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