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The Bucket List: Part 2

Posted July 26, 2013 by Lt. Col. Susan Dickson

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. — It seems that everyone has a Bucket List these days. You know, the list of all the things you dream of doing before you die or “kick the bucket.” There are websites and books dedicated solely to help you formulate the perfect list. Maybe you want to swim with…

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Be a Wingman’s ‘ghost’ during holiday season

Posted December 20, 2013 by Master Sgt. Jason Davis

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — I need each of you to be a “ghost” to your Wingman during this holiday season. No, that doesn’t mean I want you to “disappear” when it’s convenient for you-quite the opposite. Let me explain by saying, “Bah, humbug!” Dickens’ classic Ebenezer Scrooge character perhaps sums up what your Wingman might…

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If you write it, own it

Posted May 4, 2012 by Commentary by Maj. T. Allen Herritage

(AFNS) — Two recent stories on the Air Force’s web page drew significant reaction in the site’s comments section. Both a story on finance troops being awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the news that Air Force Space Command was ending wear of flight suits by non-aircrew personnel drove more comments than any story I’ve…

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How we look in uniform can make a difference

Posted October 19, 2012 by Senior Airman Kasey Close

It’s said that “a picture is worth a 1,000 words,” but what is said when a military member is wearing his uniform wrong or looks unprofessional, especially since sending information around the world is a lot quicker with today’s technology?

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When did you learn your core values?

Posted May 17, 2013 by Col. Elizabeth Decker

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Next month will mark my 24th year in the Air Force and this has given me reason to pause and reflect on my time in uniform. Many things have changed since I graduated college and took my oath to support and defend. Uniforms have gone through several iterations during…

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Airmen learn about country, commitment, honor at VFW meeting

Posted September 13, 2013 by Staff Sgt. N.B.

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. N.B. Retired Lt. Col. Richard E. French, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, recounts a time in his career when he was wounded, during an interview at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 20. His most serious injury was during his time in Vietnam when he was…

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Want to get promoted? Be an expert at your job first!

Posted February 21, 2014 by Master Sgt. Brian Potvin

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — How many of us have heard our fellow Airmen say, “Want to get promoted? You’ve got to volunteer every weekend.” Many think the only way to win a quarterly award is to volunteer, pursue education and spend time kissing up to leadership. I have heard so many times in my…

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Ride like you’re invisible

Posted June 29, 2012 by Commentary by 1st Lt. Zach Anderson

Lt. Col. Clinton Burpo was in trouble. Just moments earlier he had been midway through his commute to work, riding his bicycle along the same route he did every morning. Without warning, something slammed into him from the side, knocking him off his bike and onto the pavement.

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Physical fitness: Struggle between mind, body, pain

Posted January 18, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Jared Trimarchi

U.S. Air Force graphic by Adamarie Lewis-Paige, Photo by Abner Guzman “Fit for Freedom” poster (AFNS) — Losing weight isn’t easy. It took almost five months to accomplish my goal of losing 40 pounds. I am physically average, but mentally I am tough. To lose the weight, I motivated myself after I experienced a humiliating…

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Filling squares

Posted June 21, 2013 by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent Miller

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. — As Airmen, we are more than familiar with the need to fill the proverbial squares as we strive to progress in our military career. To be competitive for awards and promotions, we must commit ourselves to goals such as education, passing the fitness exam, and community service. It is through…

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