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Air Force issued me my ‘kids’

Posted January 16, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — While I’ve decided to live the child-free lifestyle, the Air Force, in its infinite wisdom, saw the need to issue me two kids. They are both straight out of technical training and brand new to the Air Force — and one is still too young to accept an adult…

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Youth programs combat negative influences

Posted August 17, 2012 by Commentary by Kimberly Gilman

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – (Editor’s Note: See related article on Nellis AFB’s program –Youths Club Beyond in this week’s issue.) If you have children, especially teenagers, you already know the harrowing statistics that illustrate the dangers they face in the world today. Daily we see news about kids left to…

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Plan ahead for those you love

Posted March 1, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Alexander W. Riedel

(AFNS) — Last year, I dealt with the death of two people close to me. In September, my father passed away unexpectedly at the age of 59, due to an illness. The man I thought to be indestructible, suddenly was gone. Almost exactly two months later, a long-time friend also passed away in the hospital…

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Leap to your limits

Posted July 19, 2013 by Lt. Col. Oliver K. Leeds

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — One of the lessons I carry around with me every day is something I learned from the jumping events in high school track and field. I was intimidated by the high jump. Unlike the long jump, where every leap into the sand pit could be measured and faults were not…

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Detached supervision breeds average performance

Posted December 6, 2013 by Master Sgt. Antonio Lindley

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Growing up as a child, I got in trouble for getting a “C” grade for my school work and it reflected on my report card. My mother, actively involved in my childhood development, instilled an ethos: “There is an enemy called average; you are not average and an average score…

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Terminating your lease can be easy

Posted May 23, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Rebecca Saturnio

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — As summer approaches and many of you prepare for a permanent change of station; you may find yourself in a dilemma. You just received PCS orders, but your lease isn’t up for another six months. As a military member, you have protection under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. You can…

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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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Women’s History Month: Remembering the past, looking toward the future

Posted March 6, 2015 by Senior Airman Matthew Lotz

Courtesy graphic NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — During the 1900s, answering phone calls, maintaining records and providing minor health care were some of few roles women who served in the military were permitted to fill. Jobs left open because men left for war, gave women the opportunity to step up and volunteer on the…

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Your momma wears combat boots

Posted April 13, 2012 by Commentary by Col. Michael Underkofler

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. (AFNS) — On the small-town playground of my childhood, the comeback quip of last resort after being physically or verbally pummeled was “Well, your momma wears combat boots.” It was the juvenile equivalent of today’s profane four-letter bombs, but with bigger consequences. If used, the surrounding crowd within earshot…

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On this day in history….

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October 20….. On this day in 1774, the First Continental Congress creates the Continental Association, which calls for a complete ban on all trade between America and Great Britain of all goods, wares or merchandise. On this day in 1803, the U.S. Senate approves a treaty with France providing for the purchase of the territory…

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