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The Power of Airmen Equipping our Airmen
When I entered the Air Force 16 years ago, my father-in-law, who is retired Army, shared a bit of service rivalry with me. He said that it's well known the Air Force "mans equipment" while the Army "equips men."For those of us in blue, it's an insulting idea. When I look in the mirror though, I have to admit that there is some truth to it. We need
0 12/08
2014
Default Air Force Logo Tips for Managing Holiday Stress
It's that time of year again, the holidays are upon us. It seems as though the commercialism starts earlier every year. It may be even more challenging this year with all the uncertainty occurring across the world. In fact, I'm not even sure children unloaded their Halloween candy bags before the toy commercials started on television.You may be
0 11/26
2014
Default Air Force Logo Learn from the past, prepare for the future
"It's the toughest job you'll ever love."That's what I kept hearing from my mentors as I contemplated submitting my application for squadron command. In my earlier years as a military member, I never really thought much about leading a squadron; it just wasn't where I saw myself going in my military career. But 18 years into my profession, I was
0 11/10
2014
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Cancer doesn't always happen to someone else
Breast cancer is a part of my daily life since my mom has had breast cancer and I am high risk.It's hard for me not to think about it, search it on the Internet, donate to it, ask about it, walk for it, and even cry about it. But I know that isn't the case for everyone. All I have learned could potentially save my life, but for me it's just as
0 10/30
2014
Operational security is an important factor Airmen should consider in everything they do. Whether calling loved ones, skyping with family or chatting with friends on Facebook Airmen should be aware that the enemy maybe listening and watching as well. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.) Dying for information
BOOM! The explosion rings in his ears. It's so loud, it hurts. The smoke is thick and it clouds his vision. Everything is hazy. "Why is the sky in front of me instead of above? Wait - why am I lying on my back?" There's so much confusion, so much chaos. He can see others on the ground and see others running."How did I get here? Why is this
0 10/15
2014
Default Air Force Logo Words do hurt
Have you ever heard the following phrase or nursery rhyme: "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me?" Do you think this is true?Personally, I don't. In fact, I think words can and do actually hurt people. I think a bigger question should be: shouldn't we all be treating one another with dignity and respect?Shouldn't we all
0 10/10
2014
Default Air Force Logo Suicide prevention: The Wingman
Editors note: this is the first article in a series of stories focusing on suicide prevention.Suicide prevention is a high priority in the Department of Defense, focusing on the numerous resources available to those with suicidal thoughts. What we sometimes fail to discuss is how we can be there for others and how we can use our core values to help
0 10/10
2014
Default Air Force Logo Nuclear Airmen … Just Keep Laying Bricks
It was the summer of 1980, we were struggling through one of the hottest summers in Arkansas history. I was nine and helping on my father's construction site.The foundation had been poured, it was level and absent cracks, so today was one of my favorite days to help. It was brick-laying time! For some reason, I always enjoyed everything about this
0 10/06
2014
Default Air Force Logo Learn to have a plan
There have been nine drinking and driving incidents in my squadron alone during the last year and two months. These incidents happened both on and off base, in Wyoming and Colorado, a few had wingmen with them, but most drivers were by themselves. There have also been additional incidents from other squadrons across the wing.Unfortunately, these
0 10/03
2014
Default Air Force Logo Positive changes to EPR, WAPS
Our current Weighted Airman Promotion System originated in 1970. Prior to that, local promotion boards were held without regard to Air Force specialty. The process was very similar to quarterly or senior airman below-the-zone boards.There was much subjectivity to the process, which resulted in many complaints. As a result, the WAPS was created to
0 9/26
2014
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