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  • Making an NCO

    I learned a lot of useful information and tools during Airman Leadership School. However, nothing came close to the lesson I learned one particular day. The day we learned about the different phases of team development was the day I truly understood the Air Force and how we all work together. Teams are put together for all kinds of reasons. Our
  • Stormwater pollution poses serious threat

    Currently, there is much concern over the water pollution caused by the recent oil spill off the coast of Louisiana. Many people are volunteering to help with clean-up efforts and are trying to figure out what can be done to help. The magnitude of the oil spill seems to overshadow anything else that can cause water pollution, but environmental
  • Bear prevention begins with YOU

    If a bear wearing a ranger hat helps remind people that only they can prevent forest fires, will it take a real bear showing up on their yards for them to learn about properly disposing of their garbage? The summer is typically marked by a spike in black bear activity and sightings, but this season in particular gives people like Kristal Walsh, 1st
  • Free because of the brave

    As this Memorial Day weekend unofficially kicks off the summer, many people are eager to embark on their family vacations, pack the cinemas for the latest blockbuster or just sit back and relax at an outdoor barbecue. There's no doubt that many of us will be among the millions of airline passengers this weekend who will have to go through the
  • Hurricane Preparation: There is no price on life

    "It's alive!"My daughter shouted to me from across what was, just days before, our carefully-manicured lawn. The urgency in her voice caused me to immediately stop my raking and run to her. I wasn't sure what I would find when I reached her; it had been a traumatic few days for all of us. As I braced myself for the worst, the previous days' events
  • 101 Critical Days of Summer: Make safe decisions!

    The 101 Critical Days of Summer campaign will soon be here. Since the early 1980s, this annual safety campaign has started on Memorial Day weekend and run through Labor Day weekend. During this time period, the potential for Air Force personnel to experience a mishap or fatality increases.Without question, summer is an enjoyable season and one that
  • Be an ACE at suicide prevention

    The Air Force Special Operations Command is made up of men and women who are at the tip of the spear. It is a culture of pride, honor and strength. But Air Commandos are not individuals without fault or weakness; they are individuals who overcome deficits in spite of any weakness. They face the challenge of defending our nation while remaining
  • From plate to palate during National Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

    Throughout my life and preoccupation with where I am and where I'm going, I tend to forget where I've been. In May, National Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month is an opportunity for a collective cultural rebirth, and for me there's no better reminder of my heritage than food--from the plate to my palate.My culinary tale begins with Kimchi--a
  • With special thanks and one request

    To the officers, Airmen and all who formed the lines for J.B. at Hurlburt Field April 16,How can I find the right words to thank all of you for the kindness and love you showed to all of us that week that I lost my son.I did not know that J.B. had touched so many lives. Of course, I knew he was special, but I didn't know all of you knew it. As you
  • Interpreting "Sex Signals"

    Imagine this scenario: you're out on a date at a very nice restaurant. You've had a wonderful meal, you plan to go to a movie and see where the evening takes you. Suddenly, your date pulls out a piece of paper and asks, "Would you mind signing this document stating you hereby give consent in the likely event that we engage in sexual intercourse
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