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  • Team building frames security forces sendoff of top enlisted leader

    From birth to death – we join together before starting new chapters.Parents host baby showers, teachers hand out diplomas and communities erect memorials.These celebrations and observances provide us with an essential sense of resolution, which allow groups to move forward. However, some of our most honorable service members insist on discreetly
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician Day recognizes those who keep the dream of flying alive

    As an  Air Force aviation mechanic on HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters in the 920th Rescue Wing, I would like to take time out May 24 to honor all of the Air Force's men and women who have worked behind the scenes making and keeping aviation possible, the unsung heroes charged with keeping our aircraft flying. Aviation Maintenance Technician Day is a
  • One Airman's thankfulness: Dodging bullets with Tupperware

    This morning my husband said something profound: “Every day you should slap yourself in the face so you don’t forget yesterday.” At first, we busted out laughing at his over-the-top phrasing, but afterward he expanded what he was trying to convey -- that we all need to remember the things that happen to us in life. With a near-miss by a potential
  • Operation success; Developmental, Training Flight gives enlistee boot camp edge

    Grammy award-winning rap artist Drake in his song “Own it” said, “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” For me, that would have been the day I joined the military. It was a new, nerve-racking and challenging process.  After visiting an Air Force Reserve recruiter, my military journey began. As my luck would have it, a
  • Tommy got a toy drone for Christmas, what’s next?

    The presents have been opened and the wrapping paper placed in the recycling bin. Tommy is anxious to get outside and fly the new "Invader 700" drone, complete with a 10 times zoom digital camera that sends immediate videos to your new iPad. Wow, you can't wait to get out there with him and fly this thing. We can get to the instructions and safety
  • Fitting in fitness

    Physical training has always been an integral part of military service, and  the Air Force has begun to focus on it even more in recent years. Passing a PT test at least annually is a requirement for all Airmen. The consequences for failing PT tests can range from receiving a letter of counseling for one failure to getting discharged from the
  • To Commend

    On Aug. 2, Tech. Sgt. Carl Valentine was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal before an audience of his peers. In the careers of Airmen, Sailors and Marines the Commendation Medal is often given for those who have not only answered the call but also exceeded expectations. However an AFCOM is much more than just exceeding expectations; the
  • Happy Birthday, America!

    The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays! It is a time to celebrate our great Nation's unique history filled with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.As we enjoy our Nation's festivities, we should also reflect on the debt we owe to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice when fighting to establish and preserve our freedoms. While
  • International engagement begins with interpersonal engagement

    I love to travel. Every chance I get, I seize the opportunity to explore a new city, state, or country. The history, culture, architecture, food--I love experiencing it all. I especially enjoy international travel because I feel as though I learn so much and potentially bust myths or stereotypes that were inaccurate or just plain wrong. Equally
  • Learning, growing within the Reserve Triad

    Standing in a sea of hundreds of newly enlisted Airmen four years ago, I realized long gone were the days of being a simple civilian. At that moment, I proudly embraced becoming a Citizen Airman. The beginning of my military career was shaky, as I constantly redefined my role between work and family. I would learn who and what I was truly capable
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