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Healthier Life: Tips on how to ace your PT test

Posted February 9, 2018 by Guy Leahy

I have yet to encounter an Airman who did not want to achieve a score of 90 on his or her PT test. However, many do not know how to train to accomplish this, and the Internet is an unreliable source of information. With this in mind, here are some evidence-based training tips that will…

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More than I asked for

Posted January 26, 2018 by Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick

I left home for the first time in my 20 years of living on Jan. 10, 2017, to become an Airman. I saw the Air Force as an opportunity to better myself through professionalism, education and experience. As a first generation Airman I went in blind, but I knew what I wanted and I wasn’t…

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Healthier Life: Your brain on exercise

Posted January 12, 2018 by Guy Leahy

We have libraries of data documenting the benefits of exercise for the body. What about the brain? Quite a bit of research collected over the past several years points to the conclusion that, yes, when you exercise, your brain benefits, too. Exercise improves a variety of brain disorders, including chronic stress, anxiety, depression, memory loss,…

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The power of communication

Posted January 12, 2018 by Airman 1st Class Joshua Magbanua

The name of the English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton might not be familiar to many people, but they may know his famous quote, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” My objective is not to convince the reader that words win over swords, but to illustrate the ability communication has to influence masses and win conflicts….

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Hanukkah … Kindling of the Menorah

Posted December 22, 2017 by Chaplain (Capt.) Levy Pekar

Courtesy photo Hanukkah, a holiday most known for candles, doughnuts and rebellions, is a time when Jews celebrate vanquishing their enemies, rebuilding their temple and, most importantly, kindling of the Menorah. The Menorah was a seven branched candelabra made of pure gold situated at the entrance of the ancient Jewish temple. It was lit every…

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Operational security especially important during holidays

Posted December 22, 2017 by Dennis Morris

Holiday vacation time is upon us, and many of us will be leaving the area. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, sometimes we forget about common sense security practices. It is important to remember to practice good family Operational Security (OPSEC). What does OPSEC have to do with the holidays? OPSEC is…

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Growing as a leader through others

Posted December 8, 2017 by Col. Josh Olson

Many consider leadership a trait you’re born with, while some consider it a trait you hone and develop through reflection and feedback. I contend it is both — we all have leadership qualities within us, and it is our life experiences and interactions that shape them. My kindergarten teacher, Ms. Gleason, was easily one of…

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Effective followership: a path for all Airmen

Posted December 8, 2017 by Lt. Col. Michael L. Boswell

Every leader is a follower, but not every follower is a leader. We do an exceptional job of training leaders, but more often than not, don’t focus enough on effective followership. Society tends to equate effective followership to nothing more than “brown-nosing.” We relish identifying as good leaders versus good followers, but one cannot exist…

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Room at the table

Posted November 22, 2017 by Chaplain (Maj.) Kelvin Francis

One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is coming together around the dinner table and enjoying good food. I will never forget my first Thanksgiving at Grandma Ethel’s house. Grandma Ethel is my wife’s grandmother and no one prepared me for my first taste of her food. After we sat down, gave thanks and I…

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Take a mindful approach to your personal happiness

Posted November 22, 2017 by Col. Bret Burton

The subject of “mindfulness” is getting a lot of press, which may raise the question, “Where does it fit in my life?” Mindfulness is being fully aware of where you are and what you’re doing, not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you. The opposite of mindfulness is “absent-mindedness,” autopilot experiences such…

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