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What I learned from amputees: it wasn’t what I expected

Posted May 30, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Jeff Granger

LAJES FIELD, Azores — A number of years ago, I had the privilege to serve as a chaplain in a training program at the San Antonio Military Medical Center, formerly known as Brooke General Hospital. The program included rotations through a number of different sections on the medical campus. I served two rotations at the Center for…

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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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Status quo

Posted October 19, 2012 by Commentary by Maj. Brian Sporysz

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — We have all heard it from somebody or been the person to say, “But, that’s the way we’ve always done it.” Why is that? Is it because it is easier to go with the status quo than try to invoke change? I believe the thought of change tends…

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Summer survival: Taking care of man’s best friend

Posted May 17, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Gregory Brook

Temperatures are rising above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, where they will stay until early fall. Many people enjoy the weather with barbecues and lazy days at the pool, and some like to bring their pets along.

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Get along lil’ doggie: PA rides on with CAF day

Posted September 6, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Monet Villacorte

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Being in the military can often bring on unique stressors that may cause challenges in the way we do our job, how we interact with our family and friends, and how we cope with the stress ourselves. Thankfully, the Air Force understands this and has implemented a day for Airmen…

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Saying goodbye to my best friend

Posted February 21, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Larlee

Dover Air Force Base, Del. — There are some experiences in life that are just miserable. Having to say goodbye to our family dog of 10 years provided me with one of my worst days. Cheyenne was a Rat Terrier mix we adopted from a pound when she was about 2-years-old. My wife and I often…

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Layers of leadership

Posted July 3, 2014 by Col. David Chiesa

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Remember the movie “Captain America?” The main character tried to join the Army under different names and in different cities, yet he was always denied because of his size and perceived notions about his abilities. This comic book hero eventually overcame his lack of physical attributes, and defeated the…

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What we see but don’t understand

Posted June 29, 2012 by By Airman First Class Thomas A. Cruz

Being a first term Airmen and an air traffic control apprentice at Nellis AFB is no easy task. Even with over a hundred hours of training, it’s very easy to forget that the tiny aircraft targets seen on the radar screen are actually massive aircraft, each with more components and intricate parts then the entire room of equipment used to execute the air traffic control mission.

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Thrift Savings Plan: Traditional or Roth, bottom line is saving when it matters most

Posted January 11, 2013 by Desiree N. Palacios

(AFNS) — With the current military retirement system, Airmen must serve in the military for 20 years before reaping retirement benefits, unless they are medically retired before hitting that mark. But what about Airmen who serve fewer than 20 years? What can they take away from their Air Force service beyond a medal, a handshake…

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Combating stress

Posted June 21, 2013 by Lt. Col. Paul Tombarge

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Stress. The Oxford dictionary defines stress as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” We’ve all experienced it; some more than others. With the continuing budget shortfalls, uncertainty of sequestration furloughs, a pending compliance inspection and the upcoming summer move cycle, many…

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