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Thank you, for now

Posted June 6, 2014 by Maj. Jeremiah Hammill

THULE AIR BASE, Greenland — Capt. Thomas Hammill was a Green Beret who served in Vietnam and Cambodia. I knew him as an uncle and hero; however, society had a different perception of him and the rest of the men and women who fought in Vietnam. Vietnam veterans returned to America and found protests, hate…

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It’s about fair procedures

Posted June 6, 2014 by Col. Michael G. Vecera

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Occasionally, folks around the base will ask me after a court-martial, “What do you think about the result?” The question comes up more often when the accused member is acquitted or when the punishment appears to be somewhat lenient. This occasionally causes me to scratch my head a bit. The apparent implication…

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Keeping workplace relations appropriate is crucial to overall Airman wellness, readiness

Posted June 6, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler Anyone can become a victim of a sexual assault or an unwanted advance. If an individual does not feel comfortable in their workplace because of an assault or unwanted advance, they may become distracted from effectively completing their mission. If you are the recipient…

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Know it when it counts

Posted May 30, 2014 by Senior Airman Peter Thompson

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — For the three years I’ve been in the Air Force, I’ve experienced more training then anyone would like. I’ve always questioned why the Air Force insists we be branded with the same information during training over and over. Personally, I thought Self-Aid Buddy Care was one of the least useful to…

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What I learned from amputees: it wasn’t what I expected

Posted May 30, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Jeff Granger

LAJES FIELD, Azores — A number of years ago, I had the privilege to serve as a chaplain in a training program at the San Antonio Military Medical Center, formerly known as Brooke General Hospital. The program included rotations through a number of different sections on the medical campus. I served two rotations at the Center for…

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FTAC: Bridging gaps for new Airmen

Posted May 23, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Everyday new Airmen graduate from technical school and move on to their first duty station. In doing so, the beginning weeks of a first-term Airman’s transition to the operational Air Force can be quite unclear and stressful. As a first-term Airman when I arrived here, I didn’t know anything the…

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Terminating your lease can be easy

Posted May 23, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Rebecca Saturnio

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — As summer approaches and many of you prepare for a permanent change of station; you may find yourself in a dilemma. You just received PCS orders, but your lease isn’t up for another six months. As a military member, you have protection under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. You can…

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Man of honor: Decorated war veteran passes away

Posted May 16, 2014 by Gen. Mark A. Welsh III

Courtesy photograph Retired Col. Jim Kasler (right), a decorated war veteran passed away April 24. Kasler’s service spanned 31 years and three wars. He earned 76 awards for valor and service. In addition to being the only man awarded the Air Force Cross three times. He was decorated twice with the Silver Star, a Legion…

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Finding light through darkness

Posted May 2, 2014 by Senior Airman Dennis Sloan

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman George Goslin Senior Airman Dennis Sloan walks on the flightline in search of a photo May 5, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. A victim of sexual assault, Sloan says his passion for photography keeps him breathing and offers solace from his otherwise painful memories. Sloan is a…

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Navy leadership visits Las Vegas Navy Reserves

Posted April 18, 2014 by Mass Communication Petty Officer 1st Class Richard V. Rizzo, Personnel Specialist Petty Officer 3rd Class Judy G. Razon

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The Las Vegas Navy Operational Support Center was honored to have Rear Adm. Bryan P. Cutchen, commander of the U.S. Naval Reserve Forces Command, as its special guest speaker during a recently conducted drill weekend. The distinguished guest was a beacon of inspiration for the 250 plus Navy reservists who…

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