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What we see but don’t understand

Posted June 29, 2012 by By Airman First Class Thomas A. Cruz

Being a first term Airmen and an air traffic control apprentice at Nellis AFB is no easy task. Even with over a hundred hours of training, it’s very easy to forget that the tiny aircraft targets seen on the radar screen are actually massive aircraft, each with more components and intricate parts then the entire room of equipment used to execute the air traffic control mission.

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Thrift Savings Plan: Traditional or Roth, bottom line is saving when it matters most

Posted January 11, 2013 by Desiree N. Palacios

(AFNS) — With the current military retirement system, Airmen must serve in the military for 20 years before reaping retirement benefits, unless they are medically retired before hitting that mark. But what about Airmen who serve fewer than 20 years? What can they take away from their Air Force service beyond a medal, a handshake…

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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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Care for others but care for yourself

Posted November 1, 2013 by Chaplain (Capt.) James Taylor III

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — April 4, 2008, my sister awoke for the last time to a world that had not always treated her with kindness. We were two weeks shy of her 31st birthday, and six weeks shy of a family wedding … my wedding. April 4 would be the last day 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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Back to school means increased safety for drivers

Posted August 30, 2012 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Cierra Monroe

The 27th of August marked the official first day of school for the traditional nine-month calendar year in Clark County for 2012-2013.....

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A life in flight for first female ‘Thunderbirds’ pilot

Posted March 22, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Alexander W. Riedel

(AFNS) — Since 1953, the Air Force’s air demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, have captivated spectators across the world and showed its audiences what the Air Force’s aircraft are capable of. For two years, Lt.Col. Nicole Malachowski surprised audiences not just in the air, but especially when she stepped out of the cockpit of the fighter…

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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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Be a Wingman’s ‘ghost’ during holiday season

Posted December 20, 2013 by Master Sgt. Jason Davis

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — I need each of you to be a “ghost” to your Wingman during this holiday season. No, that doesn’t mean I want you to “disappear” when it’s convenient for you-quite the opposite. Let me explain by saying, “Bah, humbug!” Dickens’ classic Ebenezer Scrooge character perhaps sums up what your Wingman might…

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If you write it, own it

Posted May 4, 2012 by Commentary by Maj. T. Allen Herritage

(AFNS) — Two recent stories on the Air Force’s web page drew significant reaction in the site’s comments section. Both a story on finance troops being awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the news that Air Force Space Command was ending wear of flight suits by non-aircrew personnel drove more comments than any story I’ve…

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