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Beat the Heat – Check the Backseat

Posted May 24, 2012 by By Senior Master Sgt. Philip J. Liberati

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — As the temperature begins to rise, the risk of death to children left in vehicles also begins to rise. According to figures from the Department of Geosciences at San Francisco State University, an average of 38 children die each year in hot cars. The numbers typically begin to climb…

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Memorial Day Safety

Posted May 18, 2012 by By Rod George

The 2012 Memorial Day holiday period begins at 6 p.m., Friday, May 25, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 28, which means millions of travelers are about to hit the road, traveling to see family and friends for the long weekend.  For the past six years, the Memorial Day holiday weekend has averaged 11.5…

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How it works in the real Air Force

Posted May 11, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Chris Stagner

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) — Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy recently issued a call to arms for all enlisted Airmen in his perspective paper: “Now is the time for bold leadership.” In this message, he states it is up to the enlisted force to lead with integrity and return…

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It takes Airmen from every specialty to get job done

Posted May 4, 2012 by Commentary by Lt. Gen. David Goldfein

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) — Recently, two of our U.S. Air Forces Central Command Airmen were criticized online by other Airmen for receiving Bronze Star decorations after completion of their deployments to Afghanistan. I’d like to take this opportunity to explain the rigorous awards board process and emphasize the meticulous manner in which we ensure each…

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If you write it, own it

Posted May 4, 2012 by Commentary by Maj. T. Allen Herritage

(AFNS) — Two recent stories on the Air Force’s web page drew significant reaction in the site’s comments section. Both a story on finance troops being awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the news that Air Force Space Command was ending wear of flight suits by non-aircrew personnel drove more comments than any story I’ve…

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Satellite Pharmacy is Tops!

Posted May 4, 2012 by By Ron LaBar

I was talking to Barry Anderson of the Bullseye news staff last week when the subject of health and medications came up (as it invariably does sooner or later whenever us senior citizens get together).  Barry asked if I used the Satellite Pharmacy on Nellis for my prescriptions.  No, I replied, and admitted I had…

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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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Your momma wears combat boots

Posted April 13, 2012 by Commentary by Col. Michael Underkofler

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. (AFNS) — On the small-town playground of my childhood, the comeback quip of last resort after being physically or verbally pummeled was “Well, your momma wears combat boots.” It was the juvenile equivalent of today’s profane four-letter bombs, but with bigger consequences. If used, the surrounding crowd within earshot…

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Dealing with the near rocks, far rocks

Posted March 31, 2012 by By Lt. Col. Pete Zuppas

“Let’s deal with the near rocks” is something many of us frequently hear these days at planning meetings, scheduling discussions, etc. I asked someone in my office what they thought the term near rocks referred to. They replied that it was in reference to the fact that road crews or prison chain-gangs…

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To be continued…

Posted March 24, 2012 by Chief Master Sgt. Steve K. McDonald

WASHINGTON (AFNS) “” I have to admit I became a big fan of the television series “Lost” when a friend gave me past episodes on DVD that I watched while I was deployed. After returning home, I watched the show without fail each week. One of the most frustrating things about following the series was…

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