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Feeling a bit deflated? Ask you supervisor or contact the Community Support Coordinator at your base for more information on building and maintaining your physical, mental, social and spiritual fitness. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Brandon Sabin/Released) 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
0 3/21
2014
Step Up, Step In
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
0 3/10
2014
Senior Airman Chase Hedrick, 39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, observes his reflection Feb. 3, 2013, at Incirlik Air Base Turkey. Airmen are Airmen whether in uniform or not, and should ensure their conduct always meets and exceeds the standards of the Air Force they represent. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Nicole Sikorski/Released) 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
0 2/07
2014
Col. Craig D. Wills is the commander of the 39th Air Base Wing at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. As commander, Colonel Wills is responsible for approximately 5,000 U.S. military, civilian and contractor personnel and the combat readiness of U.S. Air Force units at Incirlik and two geographically-separated units in Turkey.
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
0 1/23
2014
Bobbi Cervantez, 39th Medical Group exercise physiologist, inspects the running gait of one of her students from the running improvement program at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Oct. 9, 2012. Students in the running improvement trial came to the Incirlik Health and Wellness Center to have their running analyzed to help them improve and prevent injuries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released) '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
0 1/23
2014
(U.S. Air Force graphic/ Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Wilson) 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
0 1/13
2014
The New Year is the perfect time to start getting finances in order, whether getting out of debt or working toward savings. The Airman and Family Readiness Center offers many programs to assist people in achieving financial goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Gar Ward/Released) (serial numbers blurred for security) '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
0 1/07
2014
A statue honors the memory of Noel Baba, or Santa Claus, in front of the Saint Nicholas church in Demre, Turkey. Santa Claus was the bishop of Myra, now Demre, during the fourth century. (Courtesy photo) Ask Mehmet: Do Turks celebrate Christmas and New Years
You might have already noticed that shops throughout Turkey have decorated their windows with pine trees, snow balls, red stockings, and statues and pictures of St. Nicholas. Turks, who are Muslim, may seem like they're observing Christmas like the Christians. But, they aren't celebrating Christmas, they're marking the New Year.Many parties are
0 12/30
2013
Col. Craig D. Wills is the commander of the 39th Air Base Wing at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. As commander, Colonel Wills is responsible for approximately 5,000 U.S. military, civilian and contractor personnel and the combat readiness of U.S. Air Force units at Incirlik and two geographically-separated units in Turkey.
How Airmen can affect climate change
In spite of a bout of jetlag and some post-traumatic stress issues due to winter driving in the D.C. area, I want to take a moment to share some things I learned and pondered as a result of attending a summit last week for Air Force wing commanders. The main purpose of the three-day meeting in the nation's capitol was to get Air Force leadership on
0 12/18
2013
Gen. Frank Gorenc is Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe; Commander, U.S. Air Forces Africa, Commander Allied Air Command, headquartered at Ramstein Air Base, Germany; and Director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre, Kalkar, Germany. Force management and you
The Chief of Staff's announcement concerning force management programs should have caught your attention because it could affect your status in next year's Air Force.The Air Force will become smaller, and that means some of you reading this will have important decisions to make very soon. That is why both voluntary and involuntary programs have
0 12/15
2013
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