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100 pounds later: new me

Posted March 28, 2014 by Master Sgt. April Lapetoda

Courtesy photo A before and after photo of Master Sgt. April Lapetoda, who lost 100 pounds and has since completed a marathon and several half marathons. She is the superintendent of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing public affairs. SOUTHWEST ASIA — I never used to push myself physically. Even as a high school athlete, I…

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Stress; coping with reality

Posted March 28, 2014 by TSgt Ramone D. Hayes

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “Deal with it” is a phrase most people know all too well. How does one struggle through the everyday leaps and bounds of life? When the world crumbles at your feet and all feels lost, do you throw in the flag of resistance, or do you cope with the struggles of…

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Senior leaders challenge Airmen to reaffirm commitment to core values

Posted March 21, 2014 by Deborah Lee James

WASHINGTON — Being an Airman is more than a job. When we voluntarily raised our right hands and took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, we became members of the profession of arms. Underpinning that profession is the sacred trust given to us by the American people. To meet their…

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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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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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