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  • Keep the screams for Halloween

    It's time for a Halloween loaded with fun and games, plentiful with lore that sends chills through the veins. Halloween can be full of thrills and chills, but even well-intentioned entertainment can go awry without proper safety precautions. The Centers for Disease Control has tips to ensure a SAFE HALLOWEEN.Swords, knives and similar costume
  • Am I destined for 42" x 30" pants?

    A few weeks ago, I visited my doctor for my yearly checkup. I felt great and it seemed like everything went well...until he unceremoniously informed me that he wanted to order a few more tests. Uh-oh, I thought. This probably isn't good. Although I felt as fit as a fiddle, my doctor was concerned about my weight. At 5 foot 10 inches and 180 pounds,
  • Do you 'Have 2 ways out?'

    The Hurlburt Field Fire Emergency Service is proud to announce that National Fire Prevention Week will be observed from Oct. 7-12. The theme for National Fire Prevention Week is "Have 2 Ways Out." The origin of National Fire Prevention Week marks the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire that happened Oct. 9, 1871. Identified as one of the worst
  • 'Reflecting on our Past, Sustaining our Future'

    Editor's Note: Senior Airman Joe W. McFadden served as one of the masters of ceremonies for the Hurlburt Ball at the Emerald Coast Conference Center on Okaloosa Island Sept. 14. So, Hurlburt Field... it's come to this? Sixty-five years of the Air Force's existence, and we are finally having a ball now. It had to have been a record for Air Force
  • Suicide prevention = A community responsibility

    "Preventing suicide is everyone's business," said Pamela S. Hyde, an administrator of U. S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. "As members of a family, a school, business, neighbors in a community, faith communities, friends, and the government, we all need to work together to solve this problem. We simply can no longer
  • Why I serve

    As a young girl I was a captive audience for my grandpa Ross' stories. He would recall the one-room schoolhouse he attended in such vivid detail I could feel myself sitting on a long wooden bench using an abacus to add and subtract. My aging grandfather loved storytelling so much he even sent me lengthy accounts of Illinois farm life he
  • My Job is Prosecuting Sexual Assault

    Here's a simple truth...sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are "blue on blue," or Airmen victimizing other Airmen. So in addition to rejecting our core values, these undisciplined Airmen reject
  • Cleaning more than just the streets

    Airmen in the 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron's horizontal shop operate street sweepers on a daily basis. You might think that what they are doing is only for aesthetics or base beautification. It does improve base appearance, but there's a lot more to it than just that.An equally important, but less visible benefit is the removal of
  • Mentoring Beyond Borders: Leadership - What it Takes

    Editor's Note: Mentoring Beyond Borders is a series focused on Airmen from different geographic locations sharing various lessons learned from their mentors. This is the second installment in the series. I thought I had a fairly complete idea of what leadership meant before I arrived at Hurlburt Field as a just-out-of-technical-school airman in
  • Summer safety: Know the signs of heat stress

    It's that time of year again when sunny Florida lives up to its name. However, with an increase in temperatures, there's an increase for potential heat stress incidents.When the environmental temperature rises above that of your body, the only way for your body to cool itself down is through perspiration. The wind also plays an important role in