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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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#NotJustApril: Know your part, do your part

Posted April 22, 2016 by Lorinda Pirrie Peterson

PETERSON AIR FORCE AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Working in the field of sexual assault prevention and response, it’s presumable that I think about the subject more frequently than the average person. As such, my children have been subjected to a plethora of discussions regarding risk reduction and effective bystander intervention — far too many…

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I was abused, reasons I ignored it

Posted November 4, 2016 by 931st Air Refueling Wing

Courtesy photo Domestic Violence Awareness Month, observed in October, was established to raise awareness and reduce the numbers of those abused. MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.—October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In observance of this, this article discusses one citizen Airman’s experience to shed light on this issue. “I swear I would never have hit…

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ALS: Rediscovering the profession of arms

Posted October 9, 2015 by Senior Airman Katrina M. Brisbin

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — When thinking about Airman Leadership School, what thoughts come to mind? Many Airmen may think of professional military education as boring, a box to check, or a waste of time. For me, ALS was none of these things. ALS is a five-week course that prepares senior airmen, new staff…

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The devil inside: deployment, divorce, attempted suicide

Posted January 28, 2016 by By Anonymous

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Any service member who signed up after 9/11 did so knowing that they would likely deploy to a hostile environment. We all do so willing and eager to serve our country with honor. We read the stories of our courageous brothers and sisters standing up for what they think is…

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Same-sex relationship

Posted June 10, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Kristan Campbell

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.—President Barack H. Obama once said, “Every single American — gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender — deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of our society.” In light of June’s LGBT Pride Month, the Air Force has made strides in how we regard…

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Are your running shoes spying on you?

Posted March 31, 2017 by Col. Patrick S. Ryan

Five or 10 years ago, such a statement might have been appropriate for a cartoon matinee or slapstick farce, but in a new world defined by the Internet of Things, this statement isn’t just a possibility, but an actual cyber vulnerability to be aware of.

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How CFC helps

Posted November 6, 2015 by Maj. Neil Gregory

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — The Combined Federal Campaign is something I look forward to each year. It is important to me because it easily permits me to support organizations that raise awareness, funds research and assists those afflicted by a rare genetic disorder that runs in my family. One of my older brothers…

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Why traffic stops during reveille, retreat

Posted March 11, 2016 by John Turner

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. — As the drum roll of the national anthem began on base, my guests were puzzled when I stopped our conversation mid-sentence, turned toward the music and placed my right hand over my heart. We were outdoors. Nearby, traffic on Goddard Drive lurched to a halt. After the last note…

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Every vote counts

Posted August 26, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The right to vote is an important right granted to U.S. citizens and with the elections right around the corner it is imperative for military members and their families to know that there are resources out there to make sure one is able to exercise their right. The Federal…

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