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Stay prepared for unexpected weather

Posted June 28, 2013 by William Richardson

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — I just got home after a long day of work Sept. 8, 2011, when the phone rang. It was Senior Master Sgt. Lee Smith, the 99th Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management superintendent. He said I needed to return to base, the base had been hit by a microburst causing a base-wide…

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‘Keep calm, carry on …’

Posted November 15, 2013 by Col. Konrad Klausner

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — The slogan, developed in 1939 by the British government at the brink of World War II, still holds true today. With government shut down, sequestration, furloughs, etc., Airmen’s confidence in the future may be shaken. Change and reductions have already started. What we do not know is just how far cuts…

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Your BAH at work

Posted April 11, 2014 by Dawn Davis-Spector

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Nellis Family Housing provides military families a quality home environment and amenities including a pool, playgrounds, community center, and fitness center for the enjoyment of the residents. The basic allowance for housing you transfer monthly covers rent, security patrols, fire protection, community amenities, as well as a monthly utility allocation….

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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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I really shouldn’t be here

Posted February 6, 2015 by Capt. David Liapis

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — A couple of feet and a half a second. These may seem like insignificant measurements; but when combined with fatigue, a couple of feet almost cost me my career, and that half a second almost ended my life. There was a time when I was an enlisted aircraft electrical…

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Are you ready to transition out of your uniform?

Posted June 26, 2015 by Lt. Col. Sean Martin

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Leaving the military is not as simple as staying home the day after your service commitment is up. Almost 23 years ago, after a summer vacation that lasted less than 48 hours, I showed up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with about 1,000 of my new closest friends. Fast forward…

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Losing Your Future to Sexual Assault

Posted September 14, 2012 by Commentary by Col. Tom Posch

(AFNS) — “I knew the minute our eyes met that she was the ‘one.’ We exchanged numbers and set up a date. It was planned to perfection. She was the ‘one.’ And then she Googled me. . .and told me never to contact her again. That’s life as a registered sex offender. My face, my…

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Moon landing jump starts general’s own space legacy

Posted March 29, 2013 by Desiree N. Palacios

FORT MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — When Neil Armstrong made history with man’s first footsteps on the moon, Susan Helms needed a little nudging from her mom to get excited. And get excited she did. She realized that there would never be another first step on the moon, and even as a young 11-year-old, knew the…

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Stay connected with social media without sacrificing career

Posted July 26, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Zachary Vucic

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — Engaging in social media can be a positive experience that entertains, keeps people connected and allows opinions to be expressed on a wide variety of topics. In some cases though, social media can ruin personal reputations or careers, and create an open window for criminals to access personal information. According…

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Leave enduring legacy to Air Force

Posted January 10, 2014 by Master Sgt. Michael Weidner

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — In the 19 years I’ve served in the Air Force, I’ve contemplated the quality of the Airman we enlist on numerous occasions. I’m not saying the entire enlisted force is going down the drain, because it isn’t. In fact, I feel the quality of our Airmen has actually risen. They…

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