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There’s always a cost

Posted April 15, 2016 by Lt. Col. Tim Purcell

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — My 5-year-old son recently lost his first tooth and was ecstatic to buy something with the money he received from the tooth fairy. A couple days later, he counted out a few dollars from his piggy bank and asked if we could go to the store to buy a…

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Courage to Continue: Theme of 2016 National Prayer Breakfast

Posted April 8, 2016 by Chap. (Maj.) Tam L. Cookson

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” — Sir Winston Churchill, English statesman It takes courage to live life. After all, life is unpredictable. Sometimes life doesn’t go as expected. Sometimes it doesn’t follow our plan. Sometimes it isn’t all we hoped for. This military life…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Olivia Dominique
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Stunned by gun: Airman shocks away fear

Posted April 8, 2016 by By Airman Daniel Snider

“Taser, Taser, Taser,” is all I heard moments before suffering the worst pain I’ve ever put my body through. Instantly, 50,000 volts of electricity surged from one prong touching my shoulder, through my torso, and to the other prong placed at the back of my hip.

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Pregnancy in military

Posted April 1, 2016 by Senior Airman Tammie Ramsouer

Honestly, being pregnant can be a blessing for those who don’t experience the many symptoms of morning sickness, back aches and swollen ankles, but for others like me, it can be a nightmare.

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Be the ‘Wolf’

Posted March 25, 2016 by Col. Robert Novotny

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — There are three meetings I attend every week, and they’re the most important meetings in my current job. The first is wing stand-up, held three days a week, where we cover the status of our aircrew, pararescuemen, all 81 combat aircraft, the airfield, communications and logistics. Our mission is…

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Empowerment: More than just a word

Posted March 25, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Ryan Sparks

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — I am a first-term Airman at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. I am approaching one year time on station and getting close to achieving the next skill level in my job. At this stage in my career, my number one focus is on training and mastering…

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In Your Corner

Posted March 18, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Rodriguez

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — It’s the fifth round of the fight. You are exhausted and the sweat from your brow makes it hard to see. Every muscle aches; the bell rings and you stagger to your stool by the ropes. Who is in your corner? I’m a boxing fan. I look at life…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes
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Think again, before carrying open, concealed weapons on base

Posted March 11, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes

There is a lot of misunderstanding on who can carry a weapon on base.

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Why traffic stops during reveille, retreat

Posted March 11, 2016 by John Turner

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. — As the drum roll of the national anthem began on base, my guests were puzzled when I stopped our conversation mid-sentence, turned toward the music and placed my right hand over my heart. We were outdoors. Nearby, traffic on Goddard Drive lurched to a halt. After the last note…

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T.E.A.M. – Together, Everyone Achieves More

Posted March 4, 2016 by MSgt Steve Kim

“There is no limit to what can be accomplished if it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “Team” is one small word that can make a big difference. No matter where you are, no matter what you do, you cannot do great things without a…

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