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Counting down days: Three steps to prepare for deployment at home

Posted May 10, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Michael Charles

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The 30 minute drive to the airport seemed quicker than usual. My wife, who stared at me as I drove down the highway, slowly leaned her head on my shoulder as if to reassure me that everything would be alright. “It’s only six months,” she said softly. “I know that…

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Leadership not defined by shapes, sizes

Posted May 3, 2013 by Col. Jerry Wizda

Courtesy photo President James Madison led new nation during early trials, tribulations. INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey — Short in stature at 5 feet 4 inches, not particularly handsome, a bookworm and not exactly the life of the party, James Madison does not fit some perceptions of a leader. In today’s world, he probably would have…

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Using my voice to find my strength

Posted April 26, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Christina M. Styer

U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Christina M. Styer April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. To find an event to participate in contact your local Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. SOUTHWEST ASIA — I felt like everyone knew how stupid I was and because I made bad choices, he got away with it. I…

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If it isn’t you, it could be your neighbor

Posted April 19, 2013 by Senior Airman Kelly Galloway

WESTOVER AFB, Mass. — “Hey sexy … you single?” I turned to see a fellow Airman in training; standing about 5 foot 8 inches tall, dark hair and eyes. During the next four months, I heard this fellow classmate repeat the same line more than a couple dozen times. It wasn’t just me he had…

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Parent of autistic child asks ‘why not?’

Posted April 5, 2013 by Jessica Turner

April is National Autism Awareness month NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — I was truly speechless the moment after his delivery. It was within those first 60 seconds when he was placed on my chest that my world completely changed. Children define the phrase “life altering.” They bring love, panic, laughter, tears, distraction, frustration and…

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Mission focus vs. mission detractors

Posted April 5, 2013 by Col. Peter S. Ford

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Our mission to fly, fight and win in numerous environments requires intense focus … minute by minute. If we lose this focus, we risk our mission. Red Flag 13-3 just finished. During this demanding time, we all safely accomplished weapons school, advanced operational tests, Thunderbird season preparation, aggressor operations…

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Moon landing jump starts general’s own space legacy

Posted March 29, 2013 by Desiree N. Palacios

FORT MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — When Neil Armstrong made history with man’s first footsteps on the moon, Susan Helms needed a little nudging from her mom to get excited. And get excited she did. She realized that there would never be another first step on the moon, and even as a young 11-year-old, knew the…

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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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Chance of a lifetime; getting the most from volunteer experience

Posted March 22, 2013 by Maj. Dear Beloved

We all hear about the myriad of volunteer opportunities available on and off base. Our leaders encourage us to get out in the local community and represent the Air Force.

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Former WAC interviewed as one of oldest living Airmen

Posted March 15, 2013 by Randy Roughton

FORT MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — After Mildred McDowell left the Air Force in 1949, she had one regret – that she no longer had her Women’s Army Corps uniform. Fortunately, the year before she died, someone read a story about her life and sent her a replacement. When McDowell died at the age of 104…

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