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Know it when it counts

Posted May 30, 2014 by Senior Airman Peter Thompson

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — For the three years I’ve been in the Air Force, I’ve experienced more training then anyone would like. I’ve always questioned why the Air Force insists we be branded with the same information during training over and over. Personally, I thought Self-Aid Buddy Care was one of the least useful to…

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Taming ‘tyranny of urgent’

Posted October 17, 2014 by Lt. Col. Aaron Hopper

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Many Airmen lead incredibly busy lives, full of unfinished tasks that we often wish we had more hours in the day to fit it all in, and in our professional lives, budgets remain tight, the Air Force is shrinking, and we are challenged to do more with less. Yet…

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Leaders should walk and talk instead of click and send

Posted April 27, 2012 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Harold L. Hutchison

(AFNS) — Recently, I received and reviewed, with great concern, the alarmingly high Air Force suicide rates for fiscal 2012. As of March 27 we have had 30 suicides for the year compared to 23 at this same time last year. You may be thinking, “Chief, why are you telling me this?” I would respond…

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Follow rules when driving government vehicles

Posted October 19, 2012 by By Master Sgt. James Tomlinson

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — People drive their privately-owned vehicles to and from their homes, to work, or to run errands around the installation every day. There are also people who drive government-owned vehicles daily on the installation to keep the mission going whether it is to refuel aircraft, deliver parts from the flightline,…

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Counting down days: Three steps to prepare for deployment at home

Posted May 10, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Michael Charles

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The 30 minute drive to the airport seemed quicker than usual. My wife, who stared at me as I drove down the highway, slowly leaned her head on my shoulder as if to reassure me that everything would be alright. “It’s only six months,” she said softly. “I know that…

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Hunted: Desert evasion with SERE

Posted September 6, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman Capt. Bret Cove (left) and Capt. Kyle Wamser (right), 66th Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk pilots, establish coordinates on a map during a survival, evasion, resistance, escape familiarization training Aug. 23 at Area 2, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The training educates Airmen who have been…

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Zero tolerance: Commander discusses racial prejudices

Posted February 14, 2014 by Lt. Col. Lonnie Hammack

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — As I contemplated this article and the fact that it would be published during February, which is African American History Month, I thought at first that perhaps I’m not the best candidate to write this. After all, I’m not African-American or any other ethnic minority. Upon further reflection, I…

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Do you have Air Force in you?

Posted July 3, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Edward Edgar

OXON HILL, Md. — When I think about being a good Airman first, there are two quotes that have framed my focus. The first came from Chief Master Sgt. A.C. Smith, the command chief master sergeant for the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. It was part of his address to the…

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Promotion is in your hands

Posted June 22, 2012 by By Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — It is up to you to get promoted, Senior Master Sgt. Jeff Noxon, Air Force Personnel Center enlisted promotions and testing superintendent, advises enlisted members. The enlisted promotion system is based on several weighted factors, most of which are within the member’s control, he said. Those factors include time…

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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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