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Default Air Force Logo An Air Force son's question
As the father of a very bright almost 5-year-old boy, I am used to providing answers to a wide range of tough questions. Everything from "why is the sky blue?" to "how come cheetahs are so fast?" I don't think my answers are always right, but I know I nailed the answer to one of his most recent questions, " Why are we in the Air Force?"My first
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Default Air Force Logo Preventive Medicine
There is an old expression, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." It's not known when this expression came to light, but nowhere is it more applicable than to the field of preventive medicine.Preventive medicine is a specialty in medical practice where the practitioner becomes an expert in the practices intended to prevent illness and
0 6/08
Default Air Force Logo Think twice before using spice
Thinking about getting a so-called "legal high" this summer? Don't. There is no such thing. This spring, three Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., found out the hard way that smoking spice will not only ruin your career, but can also result in a court-martial conviction and jail time. The three Whiteman Airmen, assigned to the 509th Civil
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Default Air Force Logo The longest walk...home
Nearly one year ago I wrote an article, titled A National Day for EOD, detailing how the 111th U.S. Congress had passed a resolution declaring the first Saturday in May as National Explosive Ordnance Disposal Day to honor those who serve and have served in the noble and self-sacrificing profession of Explosive Ordnance Disposal in the U.S. Armed
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Default Air Force Logo Service before self
During President Kennedy's inaugural address in 1961 he made a profound statement that reverberates even today. He said, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." In this day and age with budget shortfalls and declining manning, the Air Force probably should adopt his quote as "Ask not what the Air Force can
0 5/14
Default Air Force Logo Capitalizing upon transitions
Transitions in warfare are inevitable. Recognizing a transition is taking place is half the battle as Giulio Douhet, an Italian army general, pointed out when he said, "Victory smiles upon those who anticipate changes in the nature of warfare, not upon those who wait to adapt themselves after the changes have occurred." Exploiting those changes
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Default Air Force Logo Pay it forward: Growing the next generation
I recently met with our dental junior enlisted tier for a mentoring session. We discussed junior enlisted responsibilities as noted in Air Force Instruction 36-2918, Enlisted Force Structure.During this session, I recognized an all too often overlooked area: growing the next generation. As senior noncommissioned officers and NCOs, we are
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Default Air Force Logo Eggs, pastels and rabbits: Oh my!
A young girl excitedly yells and begins throwing brightly colored straw bits all around her, searching for every last neon-foiled candy. Other children, with dirty knees and chocolate covered grins, frantically search for the last of the small plastic eggs scattered in a large yard, the wheel wells of parked vehicles and in the drainage pipes along
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Default Air Force Logo Effective communication is essential to success
Four years ago I was sitting in a room with 20 squadron commanders trying to figure out how we were going to pull off "Air Force Week." If you are not familiar with it, "Air Force Week" is an air show on steroids. Each year, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force picks two or three Air Force bases across the continental United States and designates
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Default Air Force Logo Be a Wingman
Have you ever driven when you've known you had too much to drink? If you ask that question to a room full of Airmen how many do you think would step forward? How many people do it now thinking they won't get caught? What does it ultimately come down to that puts an Airman behind the wheel? How often do we preach "don't drink and drive, have a plan,
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