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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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Let’s talk

Posted July 10, 2015 by Master Sgt. Demetrius Best

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — Nobel Prize winning playwright George Bernard Shaw wrote, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Throughout my years in the Air Force I’ve learned many great lessons about effective communication. By my own admission, I never considered myself to be a…

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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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If it isn’t you, it could be your neighbor

Posted April 19, 2013 by Senior Airman Kelly Galloway

WESTOVER AFB, Mass. — “Hey sexy … you single?” I turned to see a fellow Airman in training; standing about 5 foot 8 inches tall, dark hair and eyes. During the next four months, I heard this fellow classmate repeat the same line more than a couple dozen times. It wasn’t just me he had…

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United States defined by its actions

Posted August 9, 2013 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David W. Depinho

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — In July of 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed. America had asserted its rights and beliefs, and it was no accident that the Battle of Long Island, N.Y., came immediately on its heels in August. This “first” battle in which an army of the “United States” engaged was to be…

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Understanding importance of Spiritual Fitness

Posted January 24, 2014 by Master Sgt. Jeffrey Turk

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — From senior leadership to our newest recruits, many of our Airmen today struggle with the concept of spirituality and how it influences their thoughts and behaviors. For many, the word spirituality is merely a synonym for religion or a metaphysical conception that has no real bearing on their lives. However, as…

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Difficult force shaping calls made tougher by undeserved ‘Firewall 5s’

Posted June 20, 2014 by Master Sgt. Ethan Peters

LAJES FIELD, Azores — I was not a very good Airman in the early days of my Air Force career. I was passably good at my job and very bad at the Air Force. Here is an actual quote from one of my early Enlisted Performance Reports, “Improved responsibility in off-duty affairs would quickly set this…

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