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  • April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

    Each April in the U.S., we recognize National Alcohol Awareness Month. One of its important goals is to increase awareness about responsible use of alcohol and the dangers of at-risk drinking, particularly binge drinking. Binge drinking accounts for an average of 40,000 deaths and $191 billion in economic costs to our Nation each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Healthy snacking habits help Air Commandos stay Fit to Fight

    Snacking is a big part of the American diet. Our snacking habits are typically made up of french fries, chips, cookies, cakes, cheeses, crackers and candy bars. While it’s OK to eat these foods in moderation, they shouldn’t be consumed daily, let alone multiple times in one day.
  • Women’s rights: Others paved the way

    I sat with this year’s Women’s Equality Day theme, “Celebrating Women’s Right to Vote” for a week. I would type out what I wanted to say, delete it, and start again, until images of the School House Rock’s, “Sufferin’ ‘Til Suffrage” song popped into my head; memories of my chief from when I was a young staff sergeant, female suffragettes, my “I Voted” sticker and my children.
  • Driving Under the Influence Can Result in Serious Consequences

    Drinking and driving is always a poor decision that can generate severe consequences.In the state of Florida, the legal blood alcohol limit for a person operating a motor vehicle is 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If arrested and convicted of DUI, an individual faces penalties such as a night in jail, fines, loss of state driver’s
  • TAKE 5 on Cinco de Mayo

    Many celebrate Mexican American heritage May 5 in what is fondly thought of as Cinco de Mayo, a vibrant celebration of Latin music, food, dance and more. I want to suggest that this Cinco de Mayo, we TAKE 5.TAKE 5 is a formula that one can apply to many situations where a decision needs to be made. This is how the formula sounds, “How will what I
  • Make responsible choices throughout the year

    Throughout our nation in December, many communities will observe National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. One of the strategic goals of this nation-wide initiative is to encourage all Americans to make responsible decisions and take appropriate actions to prevent drunk, drugged and distracted driving.According to the U.S. Department of
  • Green Dot Call to Action Review, Program Updates

    Greetings to all!Our Green Dot Call to Action week was a huge success! We had members from every squadron on the installation cash in Green Dot poker chips during the call to action week – this could be done after showing that they support the culture change that is reflected by the Green Dot program either through social media, in work or home
  • Taking steps to overcome loss, tragedy

    Many years ago I lost my brother-in-law to suicide. He left behind a little girl who could not comprehend the loss of her father, and many grieving friends and loved ones who will miss him forever. Sadly, we missed all the signs and pleas for help.It took me a long time to not feel confused about his choice. I was hurt by the loss of my friend and
  • Taking steps to make the safeTALK

    Hurlburt Field is a base that cares about its people. We realize each and every one of you is vital to the mission, the success of the base and the functioning of the local community. Each one of you, regardless of your career field, play a dynamic role no matter how small you may feel your part is. Without each of you, our mission and our part in
  • Shiny side up

    The first thing I remember about that day is the large cloud of white smoke from his tires skidding across the pavement, trying to stop on a dime. When I could finally turn around and get to him, he was struggling to breathe, and I could only hear the gurgling from the fluids that had rushed into his lungs. As we tried to keep him conscious, a good
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