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Senior Airman William Johnson, 436th Airlift Wing public affairs photojournalist, bear crawls during the GORUCK Light team cohesion challenge Sept. 25, 2015, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Johnson, participating in his second GORUCK Light, was one of 31 participants that completed numerous physical challenges led by a qualified GORUCK Light cadre. (U.S. Air Force photo/Roland Balik) Building wingmanship
There are several benefits of serving in the military; traveling, life experiences and education just to name a few. But one of the biggest benefits we often don't utilize is our wingman.Different branches call it different things. The Army and Marines have battle buddies and the Navy and Coast Guard has shipmates. So regardless of the term, you
0 10/06
2015
Default Air Force Logo Chief's Commentary: Trophy denied
In 2008, my son, Aaron, decided he wanted to play soccer.  We signed him up at the local recreation center in North Las Vegas.  We got him fitted with all the nicest apparel.  Of course, the nicer the apparel, the more points you'll score and wins you get, right?I joined him at his practices and games in the ungodly desert heat.  Before you knew
0 10/02
2015
Mental health issues and factors that lead to suicide are no respecters of rank, job, gender or age. We cannot fool ourselves into thinking there’s a demographic that’s “safe” and to whom we don’t need to pay attention. Every Airman matters and we need to care for each other accordingly by investing time and building relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Capt. David Liapis/U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Conroy/Released) Follow up - it can be a matter of life and death
She was a hero. She was someone who had the courage to act when it mattered most. She was a true wingman. She saw the warning signs of depression and suicidal ideations in a friend, she made the right calls, made the right decisions and her friend's life was saved. This Airman knew the warning signs well, because she had been there before.I had the
0 9/25
2015
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Airman 1st Class Nicollo Daniello) Money, manpower and minutes
I'm about to make a big statement, so pay attention.I believe anything physically possible can be accomplished with the right amount of money, manpower and minutes. That's right. Anything. Just look at some of the amazing architecture and technology devised by the Romans, Egyptians and others throughout history. Look at where technology was 20
0 8/21
2015
Gen. Darren McDew Top 10 Reasons I'll Miss AMC
After spending more than a year leading the outstanding active duty, guard, reserve and civilian Airmen at Air Mobility Command, my time with you has come to an end. While I am incredibly honored to have been selected to continue serving our nation at U.S. Transportation Command, I cannot help but reflect on my time with the AMC community with
0 8/11
2015
Default Air Force Logo The Emperor Must Die
Last month I read The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Sidhartha Mukherjee.  Mukherjee weaves his experience as an oncologist and cancer researcher into the history, treatment and prevention of cancer going as far back as 2500 B.C. While the historical accounts of diagnosis and treatment were fascinating, the role of prevention was
0 7/07
2015
Default Air Force Logo Happy Birthday America!
Happy 4th of July to the Airmen, families and supporters of Dover Air Force Base! The 4th of July holiday provokes thoughts of fireworks, grilling, outdoor sports activities, parades, and gatherings with family and friends. John Adams, our second president, penned to his wife that this day would be commemorated for generations to come by "pomp and
0 6/30
2015
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton) Challenge yourself: Never give up, never quit
I once read that newly created cells in our bodies do one of two things: they either begin to decay or they become more vital.These cells choose their path based on what we demand of them. If we are sedentary, our brains signal our cells to decay; but if we exercise, our cells get the signal that we need them to be strong and healthy. Likewise,
0 6/24
2015
Default Air Force Logo Mishap Prevention through Effective Communication
One of the most effective ways to improve a safety culture and prevent mishaps is to optimize safety related communication throughout an organization. Unfortunately, we often fail to call a "time out" or "knock it off" when we observe risky behaviors even when we know we should.If you were to ask 100 random Airmen, nearly every single one of them
0 6/23
2015
Default Air Force Logo What's behind the smile?
A few years ago, I wrote an article about smiling.  I tried to make it witty and funny, in an attempt to enlighten the hearts of Airmen in Korea.  I ranted on how smiles were contagious and made people look more confident and attractive.  I argued that forcing yourself to smile can literally change your mood.  I have no doubt that a smile is a
0 6/10
2015
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