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Taming ‘tyranny of urgent’

Posted October 17, 2014 by Lt. Col. Aaron Hopper

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Many Airmen lead incredibly busy lives, full of unfinished tasks that we often wish we had more hours in the day to fit it all in, and in our professional lives, budgets remain tight, the Air Force is shrinking, and we are challenged to do more with less. Yet…

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99th CONS delivers millions in FY 14

Posted October 10, 2014 by Lt. Col. Chris Kay

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The 99th Contracting Squadron closed out a banner year on Sept. 30 for the Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases, and the Nevada Test and Training Range executing $175 million in the base central acquisition and contract performance management program in fiscal year 2014.   Working with a broad variety of…

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Pregnant with cancer: A story of survival, resilience

Posted October 10, 2014 by Lt. Col. Shaio Zerba

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — On April 16, 2007, I got a call no expecting mother would dream of receiving. “We got the results from your biopsy and it came back malignant.” Did the doctor just say I had cancer? I first discovered the lump during Christmas break. It was so small that it was barely…

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Physician Assistants Week 2014: Celebrating 47 years of compassion, excellence

Posted October 3, 2014 by 1st Lt. Aaron D. Geyer

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — You’ve seen us in your family’s doctor’s office, in your local emergency room, and perhaps even in the operating room. When that smiling medical provider introduces themselves as a physician assistant, or PA, who and what exactly are you meeting?  The PA is a nationally certified, state-licensed medical professional that traces…

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Global access can also mean global cyber crime

Posted October 3, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Zade C. Vadnais

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which has become increasingly important in recent years as global Internet use continues to grow exponentially.

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Information security part of everything we do

Posted September 26, 2014 by Scott Piper

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — It’s been one of those days. You are super busy and your unit just received another tasking. You are trying to do five jobs at once and don’t even have time to think. You decide to help your unit deployment manager get the word out and forward an email…

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When leaders earn their keep

Posted September 26, 2014 by Col. Sean McKenna

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — It’s no secret that a key to being a good leader, military or otherwise, is taking care of your people. I strongly believe Airmen aren’t able to perform at their peak if their personal lives are in disarray. Whether financial woes, marital issues, illnesses or other troubles, it’s tough…

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Why I became a victim advocate for fellow Airmen

Posted September 19, 2014 by Anonymous

Editor’s note: Though the author chose to remain anonymous, this is the real story of one Airman’s experience with sexual assault. Be mindful that no two sexual assault stories are the same. If you, or anyone you know, has been or is currently a victim of any sexual crime, contact the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator…

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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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