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Toeing the line on standards

Posted September 28, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Edward A. Dierkens

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFNS) — For the past four years of my career, as a first sergeant, I have heard the words, “But Shirt, he’s a good guy,” far too many times. Whether it was for a failed physical training test or substandard performance of noncommissioned officer responsibilities, the same statement would pop…

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Using the power of your vote . . .

Posted September 28, 2012 by By Airman 1st Class Timothy Young

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — No one has to miss out on getting their vote in for the upcoming general election. With FVAP.gov voting for military members, it is simpler than ever. The 2012 general election will be held Nov. 6 and deadlines to register absentee ballots are state-dependent and can be found at…

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A day for Constitutional conversation

Posted September 21, 2012 by Ken Dodd

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AFNS) — Sept. 17, 2012, marked the 225th anniversary of the signing of America’s Constitution. As federal employees, we commemorate that anniversary with Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Specifically, this day was established to ensure all federal agency employees have the opportunity to learn more about America’s great charter,…

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Losing Your Future to Sexual Assault

Posted September 14, 2012 by Commentary by Col. Tom Posch

(AFNS) — “I knew the minute our eyes met that she was the ‘one.’ We exchanged numbers and set up a date. It was planned to perfection. She was the ‘one.’ And then she Googled me. . .and told me never to contact her again. That’s life as a registered sex offender. My face, my…

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Got Standards?

Posted August 30, 2012 by By Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert A. Ellis

U.S. Air Force Photo Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert A. Ellis NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “Airman Ellis, what steps does Technical Order 00-25-172 require you to take in this situation?” This question was posed to me 27 years ago by a higher headquarters inspector general team member during a short-notice inspection by one…

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Back to school means increased safety for drivers

Posted August 30, 2012 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Cierra Monroe

The 27th of August marked the official first day of school for the traditional nine-month calendar year in Clark County for 2012-2013.....

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Volunteers: Extending a Helping Hand, Ear

Posted August 24, 2012 by Commentary by Capt Martha L. Petersante

TRANSIT CENTER AT MANAS, KYRGYZSTAN – Volunteerism. All of the services define this word slightly different; some incorporate this concept into their core values, but all have this belief intertwined into in their fundamental guiding principles. It’s not uncommon to see service members exhibiting this trait in a myriad of ways, both at home station…

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Teamwork affects us all

Posted August 17, 2012 by By Senior Master Sgt. Michael Morris

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Imagine you’re deployed. Your base has been mortared and you are leading a post attack sweep team. The very lives of your team depend on the collective actions of each team member. Think about what would happen if one person acted alone. Now, imagine you are recalled and standing…

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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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What’s your story?

Posted August 3, 2012 by Commentary by Col. Jonathan Sutherland

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — I remember the phone call three years ago like it happened an hour ago. My sister called to tell me our dad had died unexpectedly in his sleep. Among the many emotions I encountered shortly thereafter, I distinctly remember reflecting on my dad’s Air Force service as I…

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