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Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted January 20, 2017 by Deborah Lee James

Courtesy photo WASHINGTON — As America celebrates the life and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we call upon all Airmen to reflect on his enduring legacy and the call to service to others in the cause of justice, equality, and freedom. Dr. King rallied our nation to live up to the promise of…

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Follow up; it can be a matter of life, death

Posted October 2, 2015 by Capt. David Liapis

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — She was a hero. She was someone who had the courage to act when it mattered most. She was a true wingman. She saw the warning signs of depression and suicidal ideations in a friend, she made the right calls, made the right decisions and her friend’s life was…

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Progressive relationships

Posted September 1, 2017 by Chap. (2nd Lt.) Marcus Brooks

One of the greatest lessons I learned about building relationships as a chaplain candidate came from the instruction I received from a first sergeant assigned to an explosive ordnance disposal unit. The first sergeant briefed my chaplain candidate class about his unit’s accomplishments and responsibilities. One year prior, an EOD Airman was killed in action…

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Created for Connection

Posted November 18, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) Tam L. Cookson

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — It’s about relationships — doing life in community. Humans are created for relationships. The need to love and be loved motivates us. The sense of belonging drives us. The value of connection draws us to others. Relationships come in all shapes and sizes. You may possess strong family ties…

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I was abused, reasons I ignored it

Posted November 4, 2016 by 931st Air Refueling Wing

Courtesy photo Domestic Violence Awareness Month, observed in October, was established to raise awareness and reduce the numbers of those abused. MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.—October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In observance of this, this article discusses one citizen Airman’s experience to shed light on this issue. “I swear I would never have hit…

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Her last goodbye

Posted October 19, 2018 by by Airman 1st Class Alexandra Singer

Courtesy photograph The last text sent out from Chelsea Rae Bowen was to her boyfriend. Senior Airman Brianna Bowen believes the text was a blanket text for all those she loved. “The worst part of it all was just thinking about what she was thinking in those final moments as she was standing in the…

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Blended retirement system problem — You could lose matching contributions

Posted May 18, 2018 by Capt. Matthew

If you’re in the blended retirement system and are fortunate to max out, or nearly max out, your yearly contribution to your thrift savings plan, listen up! The matching contributions are not as straightforward as they seem. The current yearly maximum in 2018 you can contribute to your TSP is $18,500. DOD will match contributions…

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An open letter to my peers — ‘The in-house recruiter’

Posted October 16, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Tarshishcia J.S. Aiken

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — I’ll never forget the first time my Air Force pride shot through the roof of my heart. It wasn’t upon graduating basic training; that was more of a weight lifted relief. It wasn’t the first time I saw an F-22 Raptor take off, and it wasn’t when I, as…

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Clergy Day: Nellis Chapel team’s got your back

Posted February 19, 2016 by Chap. (1st Lt.) David Jenkins

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Growing up I was one of the smaller guys in my neighborhood. Being the runt in my school lent me to getting into fistfights and being bullied. Fortunately, I had a powerful ally that always had my back. This person was my older sister Laura. She would stick up…

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Introspection

Posted April 29, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Jack Johnson Jr.

At each person’s unique period in life, they begin to look back, wondering if they truly made a difference.

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