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Stress; coping with reality

Posted March 28, 2014 by TSgt Ramone D. Hayes

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “Deal with it” is a phrase most people know all too well. How does one struggle through the everyday leaps and bounds of life? When the world crumbles at your feet and all feels lost, do you throw in the flag of resistance, or do you cope with the struggles of…

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Eliminating stigma: Leadership responsibility

Posted September 5, 2014 by Lt. Col. Chris Karns

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As a child, a close relative of mine committed suicide. In those days, mental health was only discussed in hushed tones and little support was available. I was shaped by this experience and in my military career, I have tried to create an environment where people feel comfortable discussing their problems and…

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Back to school means increased safety for drivers

Posted August 30, 2012 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Cierra Monroe

The 27th of August marked the official first day of school for the traditional nine-month calendar year in Clark County for 2012-2013.....

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A life in flight for first female ‘Thunderbirds’ pilot

Posted March 22, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Alexander W. Riedel

(AFNS) — Since 1953, the Air Force’s air demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, have captivated spectators across the world and showed its audiences what the Air Force’s aircraft are capable of. For two years, Lt.Col. Nicole Malachowski surprised audiences not just in the air, but especially when she stepped out of the cockpit of the fighter…

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The Bucket List: Part 2

Posted July 26, 2013 by Lt. Col. Susan Dickson

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. — It seems that everyone has a Bucket List these days. You know, the list of all the things you dream of doing before you die or “kick the bucket.” There are websites and books dedicated solely to help you formulate the perfect list. Maybe you want to swim with…

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Be a Wingman’s ‘ghost’ during holiday season

Posted December 20, 2013 by Master Sgt. Jason Davis

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — I need each of you to be a “ghost” to your Wingman during this holiday season. No, that doesn’t mean I want you to “disappear” when it’s convenient for you-quite the opposite. Let me explain by saying, “Bah, humbug!” Dickens’ classic Ebenezer Scrooge character perhaps sums up what your Wingman might…

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Keeping workplace relations appropriate is crucial to overall Airman wellness, readiness

Posted June 6, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler Anyone can become a victim of a sexual assault or an unwanted advance. If an individual does not feel comfortable in their workplace because of an assault or unwanted advance, they may become distracted from effectively completing their mission. If you are the recipient…

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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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How we look in uniform can make a difference

Posted October 19, 2012 by Senior Airman Kasey Close

It’s said that “a picture is worth a 1,000 words,” but what is said when a military member is wearing his uniform wrong or looks unprofessional, especially since sending information around the world is a lot quicker with today’s technology?

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When did you learn your core values?

Posted May 17, 2013 by Col. Elizabeth Decker

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Next month will mark my 24th year in the Air Force and this has given me reason to pause and reflect on my time in uniform. Many things have changed since I graduated college and took my oath to support and defend. Uniforms have gone through several iterations during…

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