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  • Competing for a cause: Air Force Assistance Fund drive kicks-off

    Hurlburt Field's 37th annual Air Force Assistance Fund drive began Monday, March 29, when Col. Greg Lengyel, 1st Special Operations Wing commander, made the first donations to the six-week fundraiser.This year's theme is "A commitment to caring," and the goal for Hurlburt is to raise $140,675 to assist with four Air Force charities: The Air Force
  • Preventing water pollution with proper vehicle maintenance

    You might be wondering how a car pollutes rivers and streams. After all, you don't drive them in the water. Try answering these questions: What happens if oil, grease or transmission fluid leaks a little on your driveway? What about tiny bits of tires, brakes and rusty metal that falls off when we drive? Where do you think the tiny exhaust
  • Sexual Assault: A Supervisor's Story

    When I arrived at Osan Air Base, South Korea, the wing commander warned everyone in his welcome briefing, "If you commit a sexual assault, I will kill you. Actually, that would be too easy. If you commit a sexual assault, I will prosecute you to the full extent of the law and, rest assured, you will wish you were dead." While I continued this
  • Stay Safe and Enjoy Spring Break

    Spring break offers young adults a great opportunity to relax, enjoy time off from school or work, and spend time with family and friends. In contrast, spring break is also well known for young adults traveling to party spots and engaging in risky behaviors. Just because spring break is associated with risky behaviors, it doesn't mean that spring
  • I am an American Airman: One perspective on the Creed

    As someone who enlisted after the creation of the Airman's Creed in 2007, I can understand the repeated efforts of more experienced Airmen to memorize it. To some, it seems like something confined solely to promotion boards or, at the very least, yet another list to recite when called upon.But for those of us who recently went through Basic
  • Political Activities by AF Members

    Even though November is far off, the campaign season is already warming up in our country. All Americans are of course encouraged to carry out the obligations of citizenship and vote. However, since our country's founding, the political activities of government employees has been a concern. Air Force members' participation in political activities
  • Adverse Consequences of Binge Drinking

    In the United States, a standard drink is one that contains about one-half an ounce of pure alcohol. Generally, this amount of pure alcohol is found in 12 ounces of regular beer, 10 ounces of wine cooler, 8 ounces of malt liquor, 5 ounces of wine or one-and-a-half ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor such as whiskey, vodka, gin or rum.The
  • Air Commandos: Your ORI is complete!

    Just after midnight onĀ Feb. 4, the 1st SOW completed an exceptional display of agility, flexibility, mission focus and operational readiness as we redeployed the last our forces from Operation Unified Response providing humanitarian relief in Haiti.Thank you for the tremendous effort.Less thanĀ seven hours after notification, the 1st SOW along with
  • Airmen take time to take care of each other amidst Haitian chaos

    I've been in the Air Force for about six months. Of those six months, approximately four have been spent TDY for training, so really I only have two months of on-the-job experience.Now, I'm in Haiti. As a new second lieutenant in public affairs, I never expected to deploy so early in my career. I figured I'd get settled in my office, learn my job
  • Deployed Airmen dedicate flagpole to fallen comrade

    Being deployed this past September was a stark reminder of why we are fighting for the freedoms that we hold dear. The memories from the early morning hours of Sept. 11, 2001, often remind many Airmen why they joined the fight in the first place. More than eight years have passed since that tragic day, and many people have commemorated each