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Becoming human again: Developing empathy

Posted October 21, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Jodi Martinez

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — From the moment we’re born, we need human interaction and crave to be understood. It can have a profound effect upon our personal lives by making us feel empowered or conversely by making us feel powerless if those needs are neglected. It also extends into our professional lives. In…

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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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Taking care of Airmen

Posted June 3, 2016 by Senior Airman Christopher Tam

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — What is Airman Leadership School? ALS is probably the most stressful and overwhelming experience I have yet to go through in my Air Force career. In my four and a half years in the Air Force, I have had multiple supervisors. Some good, some bad, and some in-between. Even…

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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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Critical thinking is way of future

Posted August 12, 2016 by Senior Airman Cory Gossett

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Many people in leadership positions, be it military or civilian, say education is the way of the future and believe through education problems can be solved, efficiency improved and the mission completed. I came from that world, graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management….

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Staying resilient in dark times

Posted December 18, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Jake Carter

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The holiday season can be hectic for Airmen here. Some have the opportunity to go to their hometowns or have family come see them. But, some Airmen don’t have the opportunity to spend time with their loved ones during the holiday season or they don’t have anyone to turn…

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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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