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Just ‘FEZ’ it

Posted March 14, 2014 by Col. Matthew T. Smith

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, NEV. — He was 7,023 miles from his home, serving an air and space expeditionary force rotation in Afghanistan when the news rang out like a mortar attack siren: Maj. Greg “Fez” Dash was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. The diagnosis was terminal. Dash passed away in February,…

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Distracted driving: ‘I never thought it could happen to me’

Posted March 14, 2014 by Senior Airman Alexis Siekert

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany — We all think, “That’ll never happen to me.” We’ve all read the statistics and heard the slogan, “Distracted driving is deadly driving” on the American Forces Network. But be honest,are you always as attentive as you should be? I’ll admit it here, now, that I’m not. Yes, I’ve taken my…

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Keeping family bond throughout deployment

Posted March 7, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. Colleen Urban

Courtesy photo Tech. Sgt. Colleen urban, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs broadcaster, kisses her son Killian Urban on the cheek. SOUTHWEST ASIA — Deployments are different after you have a child. I just never realized how different deployments would be once I became a parent. This deployment I am a mother. Sometimes I wonder how…

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Think before you act: It only takes seconds for your actions to go viral

Posted March 7, 2014 by Christa D’Andrea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Have you ever done something you wish you could take back? Said something mean … wrote something inappropriate … behaved in a way that was disrespectful? I’m sure you have or you wouldn’t be human. However, in today’s society some of these behaviors never go away, even if you…

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Airman celebrates top one percent

Posted February 28, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. Joseph S. Netti

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — When asked to be part of a chief master sergeant recognition ceremony here, I happily accepted. I love celebrating the accomplishments of our Airmen; it reminds me that we are part of the profession of arms. At the time, I had never been to a chief’s recognition ceremony, and…

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I got it

Posted February 28, 2014 by Master Sgt. Rick Longnecker

McCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kansas — We hear a lot of buzzwords in the Air Force today. Some of the most recent and heavily used are wingman and resiliency. To me the real question is what a wingman is, and how to build a more resilient force. I consider the Air Force my family, and each…

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Saying goodbye to my best friend

Posted February 21, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Larlee

Dover Air Force Base, Del. — There are some experiences in life that are just miserable. Having to say goodbye to our family dog of 10 years provided me with one of my worst days. Cheyenne was a Rat Terrier mix we adopted from a pound when she was about 2-years-old. My wife and I often…

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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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Weapons school program back up, running

Posted February 14, 2014 by Col. Adrian Spain

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — USAF Weapons School Class 13B was cancelled as a result of sequestration and marked a significant event in the history of the weapons school. The school was at a cross-road. The fiscal realities of the future meant difficult choices about the future of the school had to be made. Initial proposals…

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Zero tolerance: Commander discusses racial prejudices

Posted February 14, 2014 by Lt. Col. Lonnie Hammack

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — As I contemplated this article and the fact that it would be published during February, which is African American History Month, I thought at first that perhaps I’m not the best candidate to write this. After all, I’m not African-American or any other ethnic minority. Upon further reflection, I…

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