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  • Is it a job or a calling?

    One of the happiest days of my life was when I was called to serve as an active duty Air Force chaplain. Ten years ago, I voluntarily separated under Force Shaping to pursue a seminary. My dream was to one day be an active duty chaplain, but little did I know that it would be a test of endurance.  After eight years at a seminary and other
  • Growth through pain—How the death of my friend made me a stronger more resilient Airman, woman, mother and friend

    (This story is part of the "commentaries" section on AF.mil. These stories capture the experiences of Airmen from a first-person perspective. Capt. Eydie Sakura is on deployment from the 90th Missile Wing Public Affairs Office.)I watched my friend die.That was a day I will never forget. It changed me--I was no longer immune to grief during my one
  • The Journey Continues…

    It's wonderful to again be a part of the nation's ICBM team! Marsha and I are excited to return to the mission that has provided us so much personal and professional camaraderie and growth through the years. As I begin serving with you, I want to share a few thoughts that will help you get acquainted with me and understand my intent.I am an Airman,
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month 2015

    Our Air Force is a strong reflection of the multiple cultures represented in our country today.  The different ethnicities, races and backgrounds each Airman brings to the fight build on the common grounds of integrity, service and excellence. National Hispanic Heritage Month is a great time for me to share a piece of my background with others.We
  • Fire Prevention Week begins

    What does Fire Prevention Week mean and why do we observe it? Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began Oct.8 that year but continued into,
  • Think, stay engaged, own the fight

    What comes to mind when you hear the word resiliency? For some, it may bring thoughts of sitting through a commander's call or meeting when you would rather be somewhere else. For others it might mean being a wingman, leader, or warrior.But what does the word resiliency mean to the Air Force?In its 2011 Military Health Systems Conference, the Air
  • Separated but not alone

    As the dawn broke out over the mountains, I woke up to the sun peeping through my window. Once I got up I went straight to the kitchen to make my family breakfast yet in the back of my mind, all I could think about was, "how am I going to manage taking care of my children, dogs and work life." Just the thought of knowing I'll have twice the amount
  • Taking the time to help the community

    The Air Force puts high emphasis on Airmen being well-rounded. Being well-rounded is defined by the Air Force as taking part in all aspects of life, including physical fitness, furthering education and volunteering time in the local community.Recently, I was part of a group of Mighty Ninety Airmen who worked with Habitat for Humanity contractors
  • Transformation on ICE: Strengthening the nuclear force

    More than a decade ago, 20th Air Force created the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Center of Excellence, familiarly known as the ICE.  The goal of the ICE was crystal clear:  transform the way 20th AF trains its instructors and evaluators.  We did it.  We're still doing it.Today, the ICE is providing essential, mission-focused training to
  • A Wake Up Call

    Editor's note: Names and details were slightly changed in this article to protect privacy. However, the story and the author's reflections are true.My BlackBerry went off like a siren in the mist.  Coming to my senses from a deep sleep, sometime after midnight, I picked it up and saw my first sergeant's name on the screen.  "Sir?" His voice was
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