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Voice within

Posted August 8, 2014 by Anonymous

LANGLEY AFB, Va. — “Can your significant other sexually assault you?” The answer was a resounding silence. No one knew how to answer the ‘Sex Signals’ speaker. I knew. I knew the answer. Rather, the sudden urge to vomit and then excuse myself from the auditorium gave me my answer. “Yes. Oh, my God. Yes,” said a…

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Equipping our Airmen

Posted January 9, 2015 by Lt. Col. Barry Little

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. — When I entered the Air Force 16 years ago, my father-in-law, who is retired Army, shared a bit of service rivalry with me. He said that it’s well known the Air Force “mans equipment” while the Army “equips men.” For those of us in blue, it’s an insulting…

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What’s your social media thumbprint?

Posted May 15, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Jessica Hines

U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Jessica Hines Just as you would lock the front door of your home or secure your wallet, social media users should aim to lockup and secure their online personal information and do regular checkups of their social thumbprint. RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany—We’ve all done it; in a vain…

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Be careful what you post; It could hurt your career

Posted July 20, 2012 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Frances Kriss

Social media quickly became a widespread form of interactive communication and has been incorporated in the way people conduct business, including the military.

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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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Be a Wingman: Understanding signs of substance abuse

Posted July 11, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Brandon Shapiro

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Shapiro Understanding the signs and symptoms of substance abuse is one way to be a good Wingman. Whether it be alcohol, illegal substances, or prescription medication abuse, Airmen must be able to recognize the signs and know when to refer. MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The intrinsic responsibilities…

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Safety Office explains top five reasons for Thanksgiving Day urgent care visits

Posted November 22, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Ramone Hayes

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — As Americans, we rejoice and celebrate the upcoming holiday season. However, Thanksgiving is the leading holiday for urgent care visits during the holiday season. Whether it is a burn, cut, food poisoning, sprain, strain or fracture or as simple as heartburn, have we learned anything from the mistakes we have…

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Finding light through darkness

Posted May 2, 2014 by Senior Airman Dennis Sloan

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman George Goslin Senior Airman Dennis Sloan walks on the flightline in search of a photo May 5, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. A victim of sexual assault, Sloan says his passion for photography keeps him breathing and offers solace from his otherwise painful memories. Sloan is a…

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Global access can also mean global cyber crime

Posted October 3, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Zade C. Vadnais

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which has become increasingly important in recent years as global Internet use continues to grow exponentially.

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I wanted to die

Posted February 20, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Katie Maricle

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Two months ago, I wanted to die. Allow me to clarify — I was not suicidal on that dark, August night when I hit rock bottom. I did not want to take a razor to my wrists. I did not want to swallow a bottle of pills. I did not want to…

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