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Sexual assault survivor: ‘You are not alone’

Posted April 10, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Nancy Kasberg

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — I remember the day like it was yesterday. My heartbeat echoed in my head as I attempted to dry my sweaty hands on my jeans. I was 21 years old, sitting in a Korean court room, waiting to be questioned by prosecutors. How I ended up there was unreal. Just…

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Avoid ‘bird-dogging’

Posted August 21, 2015 by 2nd Lt. Cynthia McGrath

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Scams aimed at taking advantage of U.S. military members are nothing new; however, one such scam, “bird-dogging,” has re-emerged as a threat to service members’ financial security. Bird-dogging refers to the act of soliciting sales for a third party and is illegal both on and off base. One example occurs…

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Leading in our fiscal environment

Posted June 15, 2012 by Commentary by Capt. Nicholas Shimkus

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (AFNS) — While executing a few mission rehearsals in the middle of the African desert, one of my men was returning to our rally point on his all-terrain vehicle and was being a little too aggressive in his maneuvers. Sure enough, he ended up in the dirt with the ATV…

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Staff Judge Advocate Office can help with your legal matters

Posted January 11, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Brandon Lewis

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Have a car you need to sell in Texas while living in Nevada? Are you deploying and a friend will be caring for your home, vehicle and pets? Or perhaps you are having trouble with your landlord, and you don’t know what to do? These are all issues the…

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Why we enforce standards

Posted June 14, 2013 by Master Sgt. Vincent Brass

KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — In the military we constantly refer to “the standard.” Most standards are developed within Air Force Instructions or technical orders. They are what sets us apart from our civilian counterparts. Webster’s dictionary defines a standard as “something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model, or example.” We weigh…

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I’ll flip you for it attitude

Posted October 25, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Brian Bender

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — “I’ll flip you for it.”  I’m sure we’ve all heard those words, but I’m willing to bet not many have heard them come from a noncommissioned officer. When I first heard those words nearly 10 years ago as an airman first class, I’ll admit I thought it was funny….

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Successful PCS secrets

Posted March 21, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. André E. KillKelley

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — Permanent change of station season is almost upon us, and with it being a busy time in a military family’s life, it is good to start preparing ahead of time. The secrets to a successful PCS are preparing early and personally taking control of your household goods movement. The best place…

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Revisiting, examining four elements of leadership

Posted August 29, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Albert Novelli

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Whenever I see a new revision of the Professional Development Guide, I find myself reflecting on an experience I had meeting an awards board almost 20 years ago. I was a young staff sergeant and my flight chief was a panel member. He came up with a question from the 1993…

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True inteGRITy

Posted January 23, 2015 by Maj. Nevah M. Jones

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — Your homework after reading this article is to turn to the closest Airman and ask him to define ‘integrity.’ Wait while he rattles off some version of, “integrity means doing the right thing even when no one is watching,” and then say “stop telling people that; you sound like…

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Save your back

Posted June 12, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Ramone Hayes

NELLIS AIR FORCE, Nev. — Ooh if I could only be young again! How many times have you said that due to chronic daily pain? As young individuals we take our bodies for granted, overexerting, twisting, turning, and lifting everything we can to push the limits. But when older age sets in and the wrinkles…

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