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Master Sgt. Mike Sanders runs for the finish line during the U.S. Air Force Half Marathon at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Sept. 19.  Sergeant Sanders ran the event one year and eight months after beating cancer.  His running partner was Second Lt. Evan McNichols (not pictured), who was one of Sergeant Sanders' students when he served as an instructor with the University of Portland's Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. (Photo courtesy Master Sgt. Mike Sanders.) In his own words: Wingman helps cancer survivor meet Air Force Half Marathon goal
A day may come and a day may go, but in each day a memory can be made. For me, the days leading up to the U.S. Air Force Half-Marathon were a mixture of both. Some were relaxing and some were stressful ... each having moments of joy and anxiety. The best part was that on one of those days a fellow Airman decided to be my wingman. Second Lt. Evan
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Default Air Force Logo Why are we here?
I would like for each of you, on Sept. 11 and the days that follow, to consider three questions or more appropriately one question three times. Why are we here? Why are we here? We are here to remember those who lost their lives eight years ago today on Sept. 11, 2001, and those who continue to do so today combating terrorism around the world. We
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A color guard leads a parade for Independence Day festivities in Wakefield, Mich., on July 4, 2009.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol) Living among patriots
Every place I live I try to make sure I have an American flag, with no rips or tears, properly displayed in the front of my home. It's not because I'm overly patriotic, it's because I'm so thankful that I live in the United States and that I have the privilege of serving as an Air Force Airman. The flag in front of my home will fly on Sept. 11 --
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Three veterans of the Doolittle Raid over Tokyo, Japan, of April 18, 1942, visited Air Mobility RODEO 2009 at McChord Air Force Base, Wash., July 22, 2009.  They include, from left, retired Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, retired Maj. Thomas C. Griffin, and retired Lt. Col. Edward J. Saylor. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol) A lifetime history lesson in a day
Rarely in the career of an Airman can you learn so much about Air Force history in such a short time. For me, it fell into one day. That day, July 22, happened when I went to Air Mobility RODEO 2009 at McChord AFB, Wash. My job was to work my public affairs role in highlighting the competition. On that day, I had a day that historically enriching
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Default Air Force Logo An equation for success: Aptitude plus attitude equals altitude
Aptitude and attitude are both essential attributes for success. Aptitude and attitude will ultimately determine your altitude. It's a notion I see proven again and again by the members in my organizations and at duty stations throughout our Air Force. A proper focus coupled with an ever-expanding knowledge of a specific career field is what gives
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Default Air Force Logo Without a bone marrow donor, I wouldn't be here today
A couple of months after I PCS'd to McGuire Air Force Base, I started to get sharp pains in my abdomen. Like a normal hard-headed male, I thought to myself, "No big deal, the pain will go away." The pain continued to get worse, and after ten days I finally broke down and swallowed my pride. I went to the base clinic, and the doctor ordered an
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Default Air Force Logo Life is too short; don't let it go up in smoke
My uncle died April 30 from lung and brain cancer, most likely caused by smoking for 50 years. He was diagnosed with cancer less than three months ago.Likewise, my father died from lung cancer in 2004 after more than 50 years of smoking. His diagnosis came about eight months prior to his death.As you might guess, this is not a feel-good article,
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Default Air Force Logo Who has the most important job in the Air Force?
Some years ago (I won't say how many), an Air Force Academy cadet visited my base on Operation Air Force. She asked me a question that caused me to do some real thinking. She said, "Sir, I want to be a real leader in the Air Force someday. To do that, I think I need to be in the career field that is the most important. Who has the most important
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Lt. Col. Paul Willingham, 22nd Medical Support Squadron
Core Values: Don't leave your job without them
 As leaders, we are each charged to ensure the Air Force Core Values are adhered to on and off duty. They are briefed and discussed in numerous venues and commanders and supervisors are on a continual quest to relate them to daily activities and successful mission accomplishment. Under the Back to Basics philosophy, we provide each squadron member
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Default Air Force Logo Unsung heroes
Irena Sendler, a 5-foot pistol of a woman, defied the Nazi regime and risked her life to save more than 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto. She was a Polish Catholic social worker who smuggled children out of the Ghetto during 1940-42 and into the care of many Christian families, convents, hospitals and orphanages throughout Poland. She
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