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Just ‘FEZ’ it

Posted March 14, 2014 by Col. Matthew T. Smith

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, NEV. — He was 7,023 miles from his home, serving an air and space expeditionary force rotation in Afghanistan when the news rang out like a mortar attack siren: Maj. Greg “Fez” Dash was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. The diagnosis was terminal. Dash passed away in February,…

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Understanding sergeant’s words: ‘I’ve got your back’

Posted August 8, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Patricia Yelverton

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Seeing the newly selected staff sergeants recently brought back memories of when I was selected for staff sergeant. Actually, my thoughts went to the night I graduated Airman Leadership School. As I crossed the stage after receiving my completion certificate, my co-workers gathered to congratulate me and shake my…

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My job is prosecuting sexual assault

Posted August 3, 2012 by Commentary by Col. Don M. Christensen

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Here’s a simple truth…sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are “blue on blue,” or Airmen victimizing other Airmen. So in addition to rejecting our core values, these undisciplined Airmen reject the…

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Act like a Superhero

Posted February 15, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. Brian Bischoff

(AFNS) — I was recently picking up a few items at a local retail chain at lunchtime; everywhere I walked, someone wanted to shake my hand or say, “Thank you for your service.” It made me proud to be wearing the uniform of the U.S. Air Force. While waiting in the checkout lane, I noticed…

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EPR system not broken if used correctly

Posted July 12, 2013 by Master Sgt. Brian Noethlich

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — I’m not certain how many of you had an opportunity to watch Chief Master Sgt. James Cody’s, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, recent comments regarding the enlisted performance report, but I strongly recommend you take a minute to visit the Air Force Portal and check it out. Our…

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Quality of rituals determines quality of life

Posted November 27, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. Stuart Allison

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — Over the last year I’ve been on a quest to identify and highlight simple success strategies that, if followed, will increase career success. Where does one start on the path to becoming successful? Some would say, “habits,” but it goes farther than that. Habits are repeatable actions that we…

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Man of honor: Decorated war veteran passes away

Posted May 16, 2014 by Gen. Mark A. Welsh III

Courtesy photograph Retired Col. Jim Kasler (right), a decorated war veteran passed away April 24. Kasler’s service spanned 31 years and three wars. He earned 76 awards for valor and service. In addition to being the only man awarded the Air Force Cross three times. He was decorated twice with the Silver Star, a Legion…

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To be continued…

Posted March 24, 2012 by Chief Master Sgt. Steve K. McDonald

WASHINGTON (AFNS) “” I have to admit I became a big fan of the television series “Lost” when a friend gave me past episodes on DVD that I watched while I was deployed. After returning home, I watched the show without fail each week. One of the most frustrating things about following the series was…

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On this day in history….

Posted October 5, 2012 by

The Week of October 6: 1683 – The first Mennonites arrived in America aboard the Concord. The German and Dutch families settled in an area that is now a neighborhood in Philadelphia, PA. 1847 – “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte was first published in London. 1848 – The steamboat SS California left New York Harbor…

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Using my voice to find my strength

Posted April 26, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Christina M. Styer

U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Christina M. Styer April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. To find an event to participate in contact your local Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. SOUTHWEST ASIA — I felt like everyone knew how stupid I was and because I made bad choices, he got away with it. I…

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