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Never underestimate your impact

Posted August 28, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. Zachary Capogna

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey — Every day I visit our great Airmen and every day I come across more than one that underestimates their impact to the mission. There’s the one-stripe maintainer, “just repaneling an aircraft,” for the next day’s flight, or the young personalist, “just issuing another identification card,” or the defender, “just guarding…

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Challenge yourself: Never give up, never quit

Posted August 28, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. Wendi L. McLean

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — I once read that newly created cells in our bodies do one of two things: they either begin to decay or they become more vital. These cells choose their path based on what we demand of them. If we are sedentary, our brains signal our cells to decay; but…

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From Ethiopia to America: An Airman’s story

Posted August 28, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Mintesnot Woldetsadik was filled with wonderment as he took his first steps on American soil. He looked all around him in a confused daze until finally he settled his view on a blanketed-white landscape. Cupping his hand, he hunched over and scooped up the cold unfamiliar substance and brought…

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Avoid ‘bird-dogging’

Posted August 21, 2015 by 2nd Lt. Cynthia McGrath

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Scams aimed at taking advantage of U.S. military members are nothing new; however, one such scam, “bird-dogging,” has re-emerged as a threat to service members’ financial security. Bird-dogging refers to the act of soliciting sales for a third party and is illegal both on and off base. One example occurs…

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A true, true hero

Posted August 21, 2015 by Airman 1st Class John Day

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — “Man, it is way too hot to be out here.” That was the only thought in my mind as I stood in the grass of the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in full honor guard ceremonial uniform and holding my rifle, waiting for the family to arrive. Recently, I had…

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From D-Day to today: Spiritual health remains key

Posted August 14, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Lance Hoggatt

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nancy Falcon Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Lance Hoggatt speaks with Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training students at Vance Air Force Base, Okla., April 8, 2015 VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Comprehensive Airmen Fitness is a combination of programs and activities designed to make Airmen resilient so they can…

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Be a servant leader

Posted August 14, 2015 by Maj. Tim Grebs

TUCSON, Ariz. — Many of us have seen the best and worst in leadership throughout the course of our careers as Airmen. Usually we can think of two names, one good and one bad, that personify each bound of the leadership spectrum. This reality leads to the fact that even though we are called to be…

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CAF app puts power in your hands

Posted August 14, 2015 by Senior Airman Monet Villacorte

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Comprehensive Airman Fitness can be described as a tool to teach Airmen about the four pillars of resiliency. Once a quarter, the mental, physical, spiritual and social categories are thoroughly explained through group activities and discussions. There is now a way to take that knowledge on the go using…

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Defining moments

Posted August 7, 2015 by Master Sgt. Angela Blue

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The word character has many meanings according to the dictionary, a feature or trait characteristic, moral or ethical quality, qualities of honesty, courage, and to no surprise, integrity. Since it has so many different meanings, it can be made to adapt to so many different types of people. Courage…

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How many pieces of military flair are on your social media?

Posted August 7, 2015 by Staff Reports

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — Being a member of the United States Air Force should without question be a source of pride. The service you render to the United States is a vital one and retired Air Force members and family members take an equal pride in the service they have and do…

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