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Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Mark Kloeppel 349th Medical Group Expectations: Simple doesn't always mean easy
Even if you are not consciously aware of it, you always have expectations. They are always there in everything we do, every day. One of the most common sources of stress in our lives is our expectations. They can create all sorts of difficulties such as misunderstandings, breakdown in communication, relationship clashes, work-related conflicts and
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2014
If you have a story about how a DUI negatively impacted (scarred) you or someone close to you, please share your story by sending it to the 319th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office at 319abw.pa@us.af.mil. Your story may help prevent more DUIs and may save lives. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez) Scars of DUI: Red
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following article features graphic descriptions.)I remember the plush, green grass on my bare feet as I ran to the family station wagon for a trip to the local ice cream shop. My new outfit felt scratchy on my sunburned skin. It had been an exciting birthday party. The sun was beginning to set behind the trees, turning the
0 7/09
2014
Motorcyclists take a morale ride around base at the end of the Motorcycle Safety Day at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., April 14, 2011. The day helped bring riders together to show off their motorcycles and get to know one another while letting everyone ride together in the end.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tristin English) Take it from me--stay hydrated during summer heat
Hydrate. It's a word that was constantly pounded into my head during basic training. If the training instructor didn't see us hydrating enough he would have us stop whatever we were doing to drink water. I never really understood how important it was to hydrate. I always knew water was important for my body and it was important for us to drink, but
0 7/09
2014
Default Air Force Logo What "Gay Pride" means to me
When we think of pride, what are we talking about? As children we are taught that if we always do the right thing, we will be praised for our actions. Eventually, this emotion turns into pride. Pride is something that we as a society feel about our inner self. I remember in my youth, I was always praised to the highest standards for anything that I
0 7/01
2014
Default Air Force Logo Independence Day - Bold and Innovative Leadership
As we take a moment to spend time with family and friends over the long holiday weekend, let us not forget what Independence Day truly represents-the birth of our great nation, as bold leaders stood up and declared our independence.     Our nation fought for and declared its independence 238 years ago, paving the way for the freedoms we still
0 6/30
2014
Default Air Force Logo Leadership Lessons: Who would you follow?
Over the last year I have enjoyed reading articles from our wing leadership on their perspectives and experiences which have made them better leaders. I have great admiration for their words of wisdom and have benefited from their shared experiences.When I was asked to write a leadership piece I had a moment of hesitation because unlike my peers, I
0 6/25
2014
Dale VanBlair, World War II veteran, eats a birthday cake while celebrating his 93rd birthday in Belleville, Ill. on June 17, 2014. VanBlair was a tailgunner on the B-24 Liberator during WWII. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sarah Hall-Kirchner/Released) Meeting veteran helped me feel connection with grandfather
Twenty-five B-24 Liberators were lost during his last mission during World War II. His airplane had been among those that went down. He and his crew had to ditch the plane over the North Sea. Luckily, he had been rescued from the waters by an English Air-Sea Rescue ship.Dale VanBlair sat and told me about his experiences during WWII and beyond in a
0 6/25
2014
Default Air Force Logo How I spent one Saturday night
When I joined the U.S. Air Force, I knew it would come with a few advantages that as a civilian, I would not normally receive. This would include getting a markdown while buying a mountain bike at a sporting goods store or receiving a 15 percent discount on my cellphone bill every month, gaining free access to a NASCAR race, or even priority
0 6/24
2014
Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez shares the story of how his first scar became his reason for never driving while under the influence of alcohol. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez) My First Scar
One day I was in a meeting with some fellow Airmen."I'm sure you already heard about it, but the base had another Airman get arrested for driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence," our superintendent said. "So what can we do as a public affairs unit to help be part of the solution and help prevent them from reoccurring?"Like many
0 6/23
2014
GOODFELLLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas-- President Barack H. Obama issued a proclamation declaring June as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pride Month. Goodfellow is hosting several events in June to raise LGBT awareness in the community.  (U.S. Air Force Illustration/ Senior Airman Michael Smith) LGBT Pride Month: Turning back discrimination, prejudice everywhere
This June marks the sixth year recognizing Pride month. In 2009, President Barack Obama proclaimed June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.Many people mistakenly assume Pride month is about celebrating one's sexual orientation. However, Pride Month is about turning back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.June was
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2014
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