U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colby Hardin
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Finding strength through my Air Force family

Posted December 18, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Christopher Thornbury

I joined the military to provide for my family, but I never would have expected the challenges my family would face and how we would evolve. When I enlisted in the Air Force I joined another family without intending to do so. This family has been with me ever since, especially during my family’s darkest tragedy.

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Introspection

Posted April 29, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Jack Johnson Jr.

At each person’s unique period in life, they begin to look back, wondering if they truly made a difference.

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U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay
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Busted: Top 10 RPA myths debunked

Posted October 16, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay

Drones. The once harmless term has taken on new meaning in recent years largely due to miseducation, Hollywood dramatizations, and their growing uses in non-military settings.

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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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I know who, what, when and where … but why?

Posted November 13, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. David W. Hardy

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — Leading by example can be a heavy burden, but it is the burden we choose to carry when we don the uniform each day. As leaders, we should focus on showing others “how” to be an American Airman who embodies the core values. We should also explain “why” it matters…

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In Your Corner

Posted March 18, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Rodriguez

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — It’s the fifth round of the fight. You are exhausted and the sweat from your brow makes it hard to see. Every muscle aches; the bell rings and you stagger to your stool by the ropes. Who is in your corner? I’m a boxing fan. I look at life…

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New year, new you? Tips for successful resolutions

Posted January 8, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Denise Nevins

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — Have you ever gone into the new year certain this will be the year you change your life for the better, but after just a few weeks, you fall right back into the same habits? Well, you are not alone. According to John Norcross, a distinguished professor of clinical…

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Voices

Posted May 6, 2016 by Chaplain (Capt.) Jason T. Klodnicki

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “I sound just like my mother!” — “I swore I would never say that to my children!” These are phrases that sometimes grace our lips as we live our lives and grow and experience family. We sometimes, like history, repeat the follies of our parents and bestow more stories…

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An open letter to my peers — ‘The in-house recruiter’

Posted October 16, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Tarshishcia J.S. Aiken

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — I’ll never forget the first time my Air Force pride shot through the roof of my heart. It wasn’t upon graduating basic training; that was more of a weight lifted relief. It wasn’t the first time I saw an F-22 Raptor take off, and it wasn’t when I, as…

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Analyzing failure, realizing success

Posted February 5, 2016 by Col. Ryan Samuelson

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar —“We have an issue. I’ll call him in and figure out why he failed to …” said the supervisor who walked into my office that sunny day. “Stop,” I said, “find out the facts, let me see the outcome of the mistake, and let me see if I own it…

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