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My vacation to Moore, Okla.

Posted July 19, 2013 by Airman 1st Class J.M.

MOORE, Okla. — I was on vacation in Oklahoma at the end of May, to visit family. My wife and I were actually looking forward to a change in climate and the potential for some thunderstorms, but were not expecting what would come May 20. I grew up in central Oklahoma, in the areas directly affected by…

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AF chief scientist addresses future

Posted July 19, 2013 by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri

U.S. Air Force Illustration by Corey Parrish Dr. Mica Endsley assumed her new duties and responsibilities as the 34th Air Force chief scientist June 3 in support of senior leaders and Airmen across the service. Endsley is the first woman to serve in this position. WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Air Force chief scientist addressed members of…

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EPR system not broken if used correctly

Posted July 12, 2013 by Master Sgt. Brian Noethlich

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — I’m not certain how many of you had an opportunity to watch Chief Master Sgt. James Cody’s, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, recent comments regarding the enlisted performance report, but I strongly recommend you take a minute to visit the Air Force Portal and check it out. Our…

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Be a Wingman: Understanding signs of substance abuse

Posted July 11, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Brandon Shapiro

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Shapiro Understanding the signs and symptoms of substance abuse is one way to be a good Wingman. Whether it be alcohol, illegal substances, or prescription medication abuse, Airmen must be able to recognize the signs and know when to refer. MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The intrinsic responsibilities…

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Stay prepared for unexpected weather

Posted June 28, 2013 by William Richardson

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — I just got home after a long day of work Sept. 8, 2011, when the phone rang. It was Senior Master Sgt. Lee Smith, the 99th Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management superintendent. He said I needed to return to base, the base had been hit by a microburst causing a base-wide…

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‘Lucky’ people take personal responsibility for their own success

Posted June 28, 2013 by Lt. Col. Mickey Evans

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — “She’s so lucky! He has all the luck!” Just like you, I hear these phrases thrown around from time to time. I’ve often been taken somewhat by surprise when I hear one of these comments. Don’t get me wrong, I think there are times when truly random events of good fortune…

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Spiritual resiliency keeps Airmen focused

Posted June 28, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Christopher Tam

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — For the past few years Air Force senior leaders have been looking to create and maintain a certain type of Airman. Their aim was to train and retain Airmen who are resilient and readily deployable to meet any contingency operation tasked by the Department of Defense. The new approach, called Comprehensive…

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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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Combating stress

Posted June 21, 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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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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