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Default Air Force Logo Water safety learned the hard way
On Nov. 1, 2008, I was enjoying an unseasonably warm day at the Heber Springs., Ark., reservoir with my family and friends. The water temp was still in the upper 70s, so it was a great day to be on the lake. We started the day with some boating on the pontoon boat, with our friends riding on their Jet Skis. After a while, they invited me to take
0 5/19
2010
Default Air Force Logo Imagine
Just imagine you are in a different country, with different laws and customs. You are with a group, out late at night. Collectively you decide to go to an all-hours club across the street from your hotel. In order to reach your destination you have to cross a wide, six-lane roadway. There are barriers on both sides to keep pedestrians off the road,
0 5/12
2010
Default Air Force Logo Five minutes to impact
It was March 12 -- a day after Secretary of Defense Robert Gates visited my deployed base here and spoke to the hundreds of servicemembers of my wing and base units.I took a look at my watch and it read 5:55 p.m. plus a few seconds. We had five minutes to the start of our weekly wing retreat ceremony. So, like several hundred other participants at
0 5/05
2010
Default Air Force Logo Family experiences DePLAYment during deployment and reintegration
No amount of patriotism can overcome the stress that deployments bring. I don't look forward to leaving my spouse and children for deployment; I'm sure you are no different.August 18, 2009, my family dropped me off at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. I was on my way to the Horn of Africa for six months. Several weeks prior, we had talks
0 4/27
2010
Default Air Force Logo A deployed Air Force 'birthday'
On Feb. 18, 1992, I stepped on a plane in Milwaukee, Wisc., and flew to San Antonio, Texas, with thoughts running through my mind telling me, "What did you just get yourself into?" I'm sure every other new Airman headed there has the same thoughts. It's especially confirmed when you get to the airport, and there are training instructors with their
0 2/24
2010
Lt. Col. Scott D'Antoni, 437th Airlift Wing Safety Office Driving safety starts with leadership from the bottom
The Air Force lost 49 Airmen in fatal vehicle accidents in Fiscal Year 2009, and 20 of these were on motorcycles - this is unacceptable. These 49 deaths are the highest since 2004, and nearly eight times the total number of Airmen killed in aviation accidents in the same period. Conventional wisdom states that leadership starts at the top, but I
0 2/16
2010
An Airman assigned to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing reads a placard at the Sept. 11, 2001, memorial at a non-disclosed location in Southwest Asia. Every day, Airmen from the wing visit the memorial that honors the victims of that day.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol/Released) ‘Spirit of Airman’s service’ represented well in deployed area of responsibility
On my first deployment in 1997 to Southwest Asia, a chief master sergeant who was on his last deployment there with me said, "You know the spirit of an Airman's service when they're willing to go away from home and serve in a far-away land."That chief, who was finishing a 30-year career and had joined the Air Force during the Vietnam War, had
0 1/29
2010
Lt. Col. Randon Draper, 18th Air Force Legal Office, spends a few moments wtih the first five Haitian children that he helped send to their adoptive parents after the devastaging 7.0 earthquake there Jan. 12.  He's been on the ground at Port-au-Prince since Jan. 14 and has helped immigration and state department officials expedite valid adoptions for several hundred children. (courtesy photo) Help for Haiti: A personal story
I have been here for 11 days now, and it feels like months; but it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life ... my soul drinks deeply of these experiences to provide assistance to this devastated country. The rest of the world has come together in lock step and brotherhood to the aid of its neighbor. U.S. ground crews unload
0 1/27
2010
Airman 1st Class Mayra Colon-Santiago, 87th Logistics Readiness Squadron, provides an evacuee from the Haitian earthquake  with a pair of pants. Many evacuees arrived at McGuire with just the clothes they were wearing at time of evacuation, Jan. 15. (U.S. Air force photo/Pascual Flores) Airman finds inspiration in strength of evacuees' children
When I first heard the news of the earthquake in Haiti, I wanted to be able to do something. I wished I could go but knew the 621st Contingency Response Wing was the only unit deploying to Haiti for an extended period from this base. Besides, they can't send a pregnant woman for the obvious health reasons. I came in to work on the morning of Jan.
0 1/27
2010
Default Air Force Logo Stellar Performing Airmen!
Every Air Force leader faces a similar challenge: how to motivate Airmen. Like Forrest Gump and his box of chocolates, an Air Force leader never knows what type of Airmen their unit is going to get. Everyone loves to be part of a high performing team, but unfortunately every once in a while you'll find yourself assigned with a group of folks that
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2010
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