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  • Finding light through darkness

    Keeping a secret that defines you, that has shaped your life for nearly three years now and is sure to shape the rest, a secret that you go to sleep with every night and wake to every morning is sometimes hard to keep trapped inside.I could probably go my entire life without revealing the sad truth that I was raped, but to stay silent is to allow
  • Zero

    33 - the number of Airmen who have taken their own lives as of April 12, this year. 66 - the number of Air Force moms and dads who have to bear the grief of losing their son or daughter to an untimely and preventable death this year. I have children of my own, and I can't even bear to think about what it would feel like to lose one of them. I can
  • Trees please

    Strong winds blew through the Adana area at speeds of nearly 60 mph near the end of last month, knocking down various species of trees all over base. While there's no way to quickly replace the mature trees that were lost, base residents do have an opportunity to undo the damage from the storm and leave a legacy for the next generation.It just so
  • I love inflation!

    I'm a ball. Yeah, you heard me right. I didn't say I'm having a ball. That's what my momma did when she gave birth to me. I'm a sports ball - the "basket" kind to be more specific.We sports balls have it pretty rough. My cousins and I may have different functions, but we all, without exception, have to put up with an awful lot of abuse ... and I
  • Diverse Airmen strengthen Air Force's global presence

    A diverse force is our unique advantage to providing forward-based combat power for America.Diversity of cultures, beliefs and ideas are ever-present in our professional and personal lives. These differences among Airmen make us more effective.I read a January Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa article about an Airman who exemplifies
  • Always an Airman

    I am an Airman, but only from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and occasionally on the weekend. The rest of the time, I am just a person trying to have a good time. What I do during my off duty time doesn't have any bearing on my military career, nor should it. "Say what?!" you might ask. And, rightfully so. The truth is I don't believe
  • The equation for success

    You've probably heard the phrase, "Flexibility is the key to air power" more times than you'd like, and I just added one to the count. I'm here to tell you, as overused as it is, there's truth to it.As we prepare to receive a Staff Assistance Visit team that is coming to inspect our processes and competency, our ability to receive feedback and make
  • 'Daddy needs a new pair of shoes!'

    Running. There are few words in the English language that can evoke a wide range of emotions and carry so many meanings - "the refrigerator is running," "my nose is running," "you're running up the electric bill," " I love (or hate) running" and the list goes on.However, within the context of the Air Force, running generally refers to a
  • Redefining self - victim to survivor

    Editor's note: "The author of this commentary is being kept anonymous due to privacy concerns."Trust is a valuable asset in our Air Force. To me it is the cornerstone to our core values. Throughout our military education we are taught to trust our fellow Airmen. We build a foundation around that trust.Several years ago, my trust was taken away when
  • 'Up-size' your emergency funds for the 'down-sized' military

    Airmen must be "fit focused and ready" for any contingency and this includes financial fitness and preparedness. Recent political crises and turmoil on Capitol Hill have highlighted the need for all Americans, particularly military and government workers, to make sure they have sufficient emergency funds. How many of us are financially fit and
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