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African-American leaders thrive through education

Posted February 22, 2013 by Martha Lockwood

(AFNS) — It’s difficult to know when or how inspiration will strike, or who provides the personification that in our mind’s eye, we become. For some, it is a favorite teacher or an historical figure. For others, it is a parent. And for others, it may be a fictional character who helps us see how…

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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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Have a plan when traveling Space-A

Posted February 8, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Monet Villacorte

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — When planning a vacation, people are always looking for ways to save a little money. One option is space-available flights offered by the Nellis air terminal to active-duty, retired, guard and reserve military members and dependents. Space-A flights allow people in these categories to take advantage of free flights…

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Three ways to combat sexual assault

Posted February 1, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin

(AFNS) — While moderating the U.S. Air Force Facebook page recently, I came across a question I found personally difficult to answer. The question was asked by a concerned parent preparing to send a daughter to basic training in light of a widespread sexual assault investigation. She asked, “Will my daughter be safe?” It’s difficult…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps
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“Red”

Posted January 25, 2013 by 1st Lt. David Liapis

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps Though red pens are often seen as leaving negative remarks on one’s career, they are in fact used as tools to help better Airmen. From fixing aircraft to correcting papers, each stroke makes a mark in pursuing excellence. INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey — You could say…

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Are your Airmen ready for HYT changes?

Posted January 25, 2013 by Dr. Todd Fore

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Most Airmen affected by high year of tenure changes announced in December will have one more opportunity to test for promotion before changes take effect in September 2013. If they don’t make it, they’ll be separated from the Air Force. Are your Airmen ready? As commanders, first sergeants, supervisors,…

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U.S. Air Force graphic by Adamarie Lewis-Paige, Photo by Abner Guzman
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Physical fitness: Struggle between mind, body, pain

Posted January 18, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Jared Trimarchi

U.S. Air Force graphic by Adamarie Lewis-Paige, Photo by Abner Guzman “Fit for Freedom” poster (AFNS) — Losing weight isn’t easy. It took almost five months to accomplish my goal of losing 40 pounds. I am physically average, but mentally I am tough. To lose the weight, I motivated myself after I experienced a humiliating…

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Staff Judge Advocate Office can help with your legal matters

Posted January 11, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Brandon Lewis

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Have a car you need to sell in Texas while living in Nevada? Are you deploying and a friend will be caring for your home, vehicle and pets? Or perhaps you are having trouble with your landlord, and you don’t know what to do? These are all issues the…

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Thrift Savings Plan: Traditional or Roth, bottom line is saving when it matters most

Posted January 11, 2013 by Desiree N. Palacios

(AFNS) — With the current military retirement system, Airmen must serve in the military for 20 years before reaping retirement benefits, unless they are medically retired before hitting that mark. But what about Airmen who serve fewer than 20 years? What can they take away from their Air Force service beyond a medal, a handshake…

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Air Force to provide dedicated legal counsel to sexual assault victims

Posted January 11, 2013 by Rich Lamance

(AFNS) — A new Air Force pilot program designed to provide legal assistance to victims of sexual assault will begin later this month. The Special Victims’ Counsel Program will give sexual assault victims legal assistance and help them navigate the criminal justice system with lawyers trained to handle their unique needs. “It takes a strong…

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