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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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Keeping service in perspective

Posted June 14, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. James Powell

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — If you were approached by a co-worker, civilian or family member and asked the question, “Why do you serve?” What would your answer be? How would you internalize what you do for the Air Force to the point where you could answer that seemingly simple question? Over the past several…

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Empowering our Airmen

Posted November 1, 2013 by Maj. Kelly A. Gerlach

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — The beginning of a new fiscal year always brings a unique set of challenges. Fiscal year 2014 is no exception. Not only did we start off the fiscal year with a government-wide shutdown, but we now also find ourselves in a continuing resolution environment coupled with sequestration. For more than a…

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100 pounds later: new me

Posted March 28, 2014 by Master Sgt. April Lapetoda

Courtesy photo A before and after photo of Master Sgt. April Lapetoda, who lost 100 pounds and has since completed a marathon and several half marathons. She is the superintendent of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing public affairs. SOUTHWEST ASIA — I never used to push myself physically. Even as a high school athlete, I…

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Deeds, not words make ‘quiet professionals’

Posted August 29, 2014 by Maj. Peter Abercrombie

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — As I was preparing for my assumption of command of the 60th Aerial Port Squadron, I was learning as much as I could about the squadron. One thing I immediately looked at was our squadron patch, because I wanted to see the emblem that represents the squadron to the rest of…

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