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  • Judge not the bear

    Dear Air Commandos,Salutations from the forest north of the 1st Special Operations Wing. I'd like to start by thanking you for reading my letter. As humans, I'm sure you know the difficulty of learning another language. Imagine the convoluted process that I had to go through in effectively communicating to your species. I'm still learning, so
  • Change is just a mindset with EFMP

    I have always believed that change is synonymous with the military lifestyle. It is not an easy task for a military family to maintain a state of normalcy while juggling moving, deployments and TDYs. For any military parent, the uncertainty of established programs for family members and the apprehension of adjusting to change can be overwhelming.
  • Fourth of July Safety Tips

    It's never too early to contemplate Fourth of July safety tips. Doing so can assure that you and your loved ones have a great time on Independence Day. After all, there's nothing patriotic about suffering injuries and going to the emergency room when everyone else is celebrating. First and foremost, obey local laws. For example, Hurlburt Field
  • An open letter to all Airmen, AFSA needs you

    Fellow Airmen,I want to talk to you today about the few and the proud. I'm not referring to the fine women and men of the U.S. Marine Corps, rather I'm talking about American Airmen.Did you know that as of last year we stand 329,638 strong? Compare that to the 582,000 average our predecessors enjoyed during the 1980s and you find we've experienced
  • CGO Professional Development Seminar: Lessons in leadership

    I recently had the opportunity to join 32 other company grade officers from Hurlburt and Eglin for the Hurlburt CGO Professional Development Seminar at the United States Air Force Special Operations School. Many noteworthy speakers took the time to mentor us and engage in open discussion about our personal and professional growth as junior
  • 101 Critical Days of Summer: A time to live!

    The "101 Critical Days of Summer" clock is about to start ticking, and for those of us here on the Emerald Coast, the reality is: little will change. Summertime offers more opportunities for risky activities, and this year is no different. There is always the need for leaders, supervisors and wingmen to continue to promote mishap prevention and to
  • Deploying brings Mother's Day into perspective

    (Editor's Note: Airman deVera is a photographer deployed from the 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs office, Hurlburt Field, Fla.)Being a single mother of three in the Air Force has taught me many things, but it took deploying to teach me the importance of Mother's Day.Sometimes I struggle balancing my responsibilities as a mother and my
  • Hurlburt civil engineers recognize Earth Day all year

    Some people chose to use less electricity and water. Others replaced their incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent ones. And many pitched in by recycling their plastic bottles and aluminum cans. While there are many ways people commemorated Earth Day April 22, reducing consumption and considering energy in everything we do are priorities
  • Springtime fire safety

    Every year Americans look forward to spring break, vacations, camping, family reunions and picnics. However, outdoor activities bring the risk of fire and injuries due to outdoor cooking and grilling accidents and improper use of flammable liquids. In fact, the U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Data Center estimates that outside cooking
  • Suicide: How do we stop it from killing again?

    Suicide: a topic we would rather not think about but we must be able to talk about. We have to address the issue if we are ever to stand a chance at suicide prevention. Suicide is a reality that plagues our world. According to the World Health Organization, approximately one million people take their own lives each year. This reality also affects