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Are you ready to transition out of your uniform?

Posted June 26, 2015 by Lt. Col. Sean Martin

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Leaving the military is not as simple as staying home the day after your service commitment is up. Almost 23 years ago, after a summer vacation that lasted less than 48 hours, I showed up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with about 1,000 of my new closest friends. Fast forward…

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Dear Dad: A letter to my father

Posted June 19, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — I sat in the very back of the classroom, not paying much attention to the man in blue giving a presentation to my eighth grade civics class. He was saying something about core values, pride and doing something for the community you could be proud of. He told stories…

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Leadership: Is there an app for that?

Posted June 19, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. Lee R. Barr

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea — The world is growing more and more dependent on technology. Even our U.S. Air Force has become automated to improve programs, processes and quality of life for Airmen. We have Facebook, smartphones, BlackBerries, MyMC2 (My Military Communities), Twitter, Facetime, Skype, webpages, Sharepoint, EMS (Evaluation Management System) and many more I…

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Save your back

Posted June 12, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Ramone Hayes

NELLIS AIR FORCE, Nev. — Ooh if I could only be young again! How many times have you said that due to chronic daily pain? As young individuals we take our bodies for granted, overexerting, twisting, turning, and lifting everything we can to push the limits. But when older age sets in and the wrinkles…

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99th MDG celebrates 2015 Nurse Technician Week

Posted June 12, 2015 by Lt. Col. Donna Eggert

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — More than 500 military, government service, and civilian contracted nurses and medical technicians from the 99th Medical Group celebrated Nurse Technician Week May 11-15 to honor Florence Nightingale’s birthday May 12. President Eisenhower declared National Nurse’s Week observation Oct. 11- 16, honoring the 100-year anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission…

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Are you MAD or SAD?

Posted June 5, 2015 by Master Sgt. Henry D. Strozier

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — There are two distinct types of Airmen who serve: those who are here to make a difference, MAD, and those who are selfish and distracting, SAD. Each of us were equipped to be MAD once we graduated initial military training and our various technical training schools; we had the…

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Quiet pioneer wanted to fly

Posted May 29, 2015 by Gerald White

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Maj. Gen. Dewey K. K. Lowe didn’t set out to be a pioneer; like many of his generation, he just wanted to fly. Born to immigrant parents in 1924 in Oakland, California, his father died when he was just two, leaving his now-widowed mother to raise three small children….

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US Embassy Singapore, AF team up for diplomatic success

Posted May 29, 2015 by Col. Curtis Walker

SINGAPORE — Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, recently passed away at the age of 91. Given Lee’s stature and standing, all of us at U.S. Embassy Singapore expected a large state funeral and a high-level U.S. delegation would be named and arriving soon; the funeral was just a few short days away. It didn’t…

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U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Jessica Hines
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What’s your social media thumbprint?

Posted May 15, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Jessica Hines

U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Jessica Hines Just as you would lock the front door of your home or secure your wallet, social media users should aim to lockup and secure their online personal information and do regular checkups of their social thumbprint. RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany—We’ve all done it; in a vain…

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Heavy drinking: Highway to disaster

Posted May 8, 2015 by Paul Ahlberg and Capt. Sheontee Frank

81st Medical Operations Squadron, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Heavy drinking is defined as consuming five or more standard drinks in one sitting. It is also considered “high risk” drinking due to the health concerns associated with drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Many stories about heavy…

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