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A place for everything; everything in its place

Posted August 23, 2013 by Col. Brian Smith

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Just like some of you, my family and I are right in the middle of yet another move, our ninth in our Air Force career. There are boxes everywhere in our house. Life simply doesn’t slow down enough to make it as smooth of a transition as we would like it…

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Airman’s Creed embodies Air Force Core Values

Posted August 16, 2013 by Master Sgt. David A. Kolcun

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Gen. T. Michael Moseley, the 18th Chief of Staff of the Air Force, introduced the Airman’s Creed April 18, 2007. It provides Airmen a tangible statement of beliefs that we cherish. The Airman’s Creed was not created to regain some ideal that was lost or never otherwise identified, rather, it was…

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United States defined by its actions

Posted August 9, 2013 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David W. Depinho

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — In July of 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed. America had asserted its rights and beliefs, and it was no accident that the Battle of Long Island, N.Y., came immediately on its heels in August. This “first” battle in which an army of the “United States” engaged was to be…

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Airman slowly kills himself by smoking

Posted August 2, 2013 by Airman Ryan Conroy

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — I’ve been slowly killing myself for the past three years. I intentionally inhale toxins that destroy my lungs and heart. I smoke cigarettes. But, I’m quitting — again. According to the health and wellness center’s tobacco cessation class, the average smoker will attempt to quit five to seven times before achieving…

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Air Force takes swift action against sexual assault

Posted August 2, 2013 by Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s not an overstatement to say that the past many years have been challenging for those in the military working to prevent sexual assault and sexual trauma. However, for those who’ve been victimized it has been much worse, and we should never forget that. The harm in this crime is not just physical;…

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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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Combating stress

Posted July 26, 2013 by Lt. Col. Paul Tombarge

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Stress. The Oxford dictionary defines stress as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” We’ve all experienced it; some more than others. With the continuing budget shortfalls, uncertainty of sequestration furloughs, a pending compliance inspection and the upcoming summer move cycle, many…

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Stay connected with social media without sacrificing career

Posted July 26, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Zachary Vucic

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — Engaging in social media can be a positive experience that entertains, keeps people connected and allows opinions to be expressed on a wide variety of topics. In some cases though, social media can ruin personal reputations or careers, and create an open window for criminals to access personal information. According…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes
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Avoiding retreat is cowardly

Posted July 19, 2013 by Jo Rowe

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes Airman 1st Class Timothy Hilton, Senior Airman Alan Ruiz, and Airman 1st Class John Varner, 99th Air Base Wing Honor Guard members, carry the flag after taking part in the daily retreat March 13 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Honor Guard takes down the…

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Leap to your limits

Posted July 19, 2013 by Lt. Col. Oliver K. Leeds

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — One of the lessons I carry around with me every day is something I learned from the jumping events in high school track and field. I was intimidated by the high jump. Unlike the long jump, where every leap into the sand pit could be measured and faults were not…

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