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Bringing clarity: tapping breaks

Posted September 23, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj) Jack Stanley

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — I grew up on the plains of northcentral Ohio where winters can be harsh. So I thought I knew a lot about driving in harsh conditions. But most of the roads around my town were flat as a pancake with sometimes not a single curve for miles. I had…

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A dream turned reality, MLK contributions to a diverse force

Posted January 15, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Kristan Campbell

He was the voice of promise, courage and equality. His mission was fostered by the belief that all men should be treated equal, despite religion or race.

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New mantra must be ‘People first, mission always’

Posted May 20, 2016 by Senior Master Sgt. Claus Peris

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — If you’ve been around long enough, you’ve heard the phrase “Mission first, people always.” Today’s Airmen are busy. Whether its high ops tempo, constant deployments or low manning, our Airmen are being asked to do more and more every day. Nothing is more important than accomplishing the mission —…

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Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted January 20, 2017 by Deborah Lee James

Courtesy photo WASHINGTON — As America celebrates the life and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we call upon all Airmen to reflect on his enduring legacy and the call to service to others in the cause of justice, equality, and freedom. Dr. King rallied our nation to live up to the promise of…

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Feedback is essential to AF integrity

Posted October 23, 2015 by Lt. Col. John Hansen

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — I was going through some old files, and I found a few notes that were written to me by the comptroller of a major command on several different occasions. One letter conveyed his best wishes on my birthday. A second one thanked me and my unit for our hospitality during…

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Honored to serve in Honor Guard

Posted February 19, 2016 by Senior Airman David Bernal Del Agua

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Thornbury McCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.—”Bearers, Attention.” Standing motionless on the side of a cemetery road, rendering a perfect salute, waiting for the hearse to pass us and stop just paces away. The family, close behind, tries to remain together one last time before their loved…

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KC-135 Flight Commentary

Posted July 1, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Overall, there are very few things that I’ve found that can truly get me animated. Finding passion in certain things has always been something that I have struggled with. It’s not something that I find a serious issue, quite the opposite in fact. I feel with being so levelheaded;…

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Airmen helping Airmen: Suicide prevention

Posted September 29, 2017 by Airman 1st Class James Thompson

Charged with the safety of every American against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, military members are expected to perform in highly stressful environments. Airmen deal with everyday stressors that come with wearing the uniform, and issues that arise both on and off the battlefield.

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What motivates you?

Posted November 25, 2015 by Col. Kirsten Benford

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Motivation is an idea that is used to explain behavior. It is the reason for people’s actions, desires and needs. What motivates you? Is it a pay raise, promotion, family or friends? When I applied for an ROTC scholarship back in the early 1980s, my motivation was monetary. I…

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Courage to Continue: Theme of 2016 National Prayer Breakfast

Posted April 8, 2016 by Chap. (Maj.) Tam L. Cookson

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” — Sir Winston Churchill, English statesman It takes courage to live life. After all, life is unpredictable. Sometimes life doesn’t go as expected. Sometimes it doesn’t follow our plan. Sometimes it isn’t all we hoped for. This military life…

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