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Adapt, overcome

Posted April 15, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer

PEORIA, Ill. — My firstborn child recently turned 2 months old. Amidst the irresistible joy of having a new little buddy, I look back over these last eight weeks and wonder how my spouse and I survived. I am a writer, but there are no words I can find adequate enough to describe the terror…

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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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#BeThere

Posted October 7, 2016 by Master Sgt. Wendy Barraza

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.—When the phone rings in the middle of the night, it’s like an alarm going off in your brain. No one calls at one in the morning to say they were “just thinking of you.” I received one of those calls 13 years ago and woke to my mom telling me…

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Don’t give up — down by two with 60 seconds left

Posted August 26, 2016 by Chaplain (Capt.) David Jenkins

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — A few months ago, I witnessed something I thought I would have never seen in my life-time. A professional sports team from Cleveland, Ohio, won a championship! The 52-year curse was lifted or the “mistake by the lake” is a “mistake” no longer. I thought I had died and…

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A King’s legacy

Posted January 20, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Kyle Ware

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a hero in my eyes; a hero who had a vision. In today’s time, we tend to overlook what and who Dr. King was, and what he represented. He was a leader who was charged with nonconformity and he was able to bring…

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Putting mental health in focus

Posted May 6, 2016 by Prerana Korpe

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Nearly one in five adults or 43 million Americans, have a diagnosable mental disorder according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Contrary to many other brain disorders, effective treatments are available for mental disorders. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time of year to bring awareness to mental health…

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My oath of enlistment

Posted February 12, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Hughes

McCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. — I have been asked many times throughout my career why I joined the military. I typically answer, “For fortune and glory, isn’t that why everyone joined?” My response usually gets a little chuckle, which lasts long enough for me to change the subject. I change the subject because I…

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Why is it so bad to ask ‘why?’

Posted June 1, 2018 by Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane

Courtesy graphic “Shut up and color.” Sound familiar? I, like many noncommissioned officers today, came up in an Air Force that seemed to cultivate a mentality that Airmen follow orders without wasting time with unnecessary questions. After all, this is the military and lives are at stake, right? I learned my first assignment was like…

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Character

Posted February 5, 2016 by Brig. Gen. Karl McGregor

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar —“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” said Martin Luther King Jr., in one of his most famous speeches. Character is what’s…

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Stories behind the names

Posted December 11, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — One night I was driving to my residence in base housing when my kids started asking questions. If you have kids or have been around kids for more than two minutes, you know they ask a lot of questions — which I am used to fielding and happily answering….

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