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Hazards of dietary supplements

Posted March 20, 2015 by Capt. Maggie Coppini

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? Have you been hitting the gym like you wanted to, modified your diet, or restocked your dietary supplement shelf? Before you throw some more money at protein shakes, diet pills and energy drinks, I encourage you to research the products you’re buying…

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Total force creates realistic training, cost savings

Posted March 13, 2015 by Lt. Col. Anthony Sullins

NEW LONDON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.C., — ‘Train like we fight’ and ‘do more with less’ are mottos echoing the walls of countless conference rooms across the Department of Defense and U.S. Air Force daily — and for good reason. U.S. military missions continue to expand while concurrently trying to balance shrinking budgets and…

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Why can’t I get a medical appointment when I want it?

Posted March 13, 2015 by Lt. Col. Laurie McKenna

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Have you ever called for a medical appointment and been frustrated because you couldn’t get in at the time and date you desired? Have you ever wondered why you are advised to utilize the 99th MDG emergency room or offered a telephone consult also known as “T-con”? So have…

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Financial readiness equals mission readiness

Posted March 6, 2015 by Ingrid Bruns

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — As a long-time military spouse, I have held various jobs — and I know many of you can relate. I served as a military and family life counselor at an Airman and Family Readiness Center and had the privilege of working with fellow military families to create budgets, develop…

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Upholding uniform standards: Duty of all Airmen

Posted March 6, 2015 by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — After enough time in service, many Airmen become very comfortable wearing the uniform. It becomes a part of them, yet at times there are those who occasionally forget the small conduct and appearance standards that come with wearing the uniform. Some Airman may have hair that is slightly out…

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Women’s History Month: Remembering the past, looking toward the future

Posted March 6, 2015 by Senior Airman Matthew Lotz

Courtesy graphic NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — During the 1900s, answering phone calls, maintaining records and providing minor health care were some of few roles women who served in the military were permitted to fill. Jobs left open because men left for war, gave women the opportunity to step up and volunteer on the…

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Just American: A century of Black life

Posted February 27, 2015 by Daisy Jones-Brown

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) — Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted Harvard-trained historian Carter Woodson….

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Don’t underestimate importance of sacrifices

Posted February 27, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Lusson

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman at the time, to be my wife, for better or worse. We…

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I wanted to die

Posted February 20, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Katie Maricle

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Two months ago, I wanted to die. Allow me to clarify — I was not suicidal on that dark, August night when I hit rock bottom. I did not want to take a razor to my wrists. I did not want to swallow a bottle of pills. I did not want to…

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What I’ve learned, an Airman’s perspective

Posted February 20, 2015 by Senior Airman Hailey Staker

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D.  — When I raised my right hand and swore to defend my country, I wanted to travel the world and continue my education. I managed to accomplish the first, spending the first two years of my enlistment at Kadena Air Base, Japan, and Osan Air Base, South Korea, but my ever-changing…

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