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Maintenance versus repair … of our Airmen

This commentary was first published on Dec. 11, 2014 LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. — This commentary is not about aircraft, vehicles, or...

Heavy drinking: Highway to disaster

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published April 23, 2015. Heavy drinking is defined as consuming five or more standard drinks in one sitting....

AF vet uses marathon training to cope with PTSD

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published on Oct. 26, 2015. ARLINGTON, Va. — As a disabled Air Force veteran living with post-traumatic stress...

Chaplain’s thoughts …

Struggle of two worlds by Master Sgt. PERRY SHARP 56th Fighter Wing Chapel For half my life, my family and I lived in the mountains of Idaho. Beautiful...

A First Sergeants job, the Airmen

First sergeants, or first shirts or shirts, are the front-line ambassadors to unit commanders for maintaining the health, morale, and welfare of everyone assigned. They...

Separated, but not alone

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published July 27, 2015. MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — I woke up to the sun peeping...

Instructor duty: Times are changing

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Thick skin. Selfless perspective. Fearless leadership. When asked what I wanted my officer trainees to leave Officer Training...

Reminder to be safe, vigilant during holiday weekend

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published July 2, 2015. WASHINGTON — As we enter this holiday weekend and enjoy the activities celebrating our...

Reflections of a loyal heretic

PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. — For the past two years as commander of the 517th Training Group and Assistant Commandant of Defense Language Institute...

Thunderbolt with two titles: Marine and Airman

No matter what branch of the military an individual serves in, whether it’s the Air Force, Marine Corps, Army, Navy or Coast Guard, at...

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