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Master Sgt. Gary Peot, right, 100th CES Fire Department, checks the fit of a face mask on Karen Abeyasekere, 100th ARW Public Affairs, when she and two other 100th ARW members got to participate in live fire training with the fire department June 4. The RAF Mildenhall firefighters were training a group of civilian firefighters from Lajes-Field fire department, and the three 100th ARW members were given the opportunity to train with them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Teresa Hawkins) If you can't stand the heat ... stay out of the fire department!
It's a common misconception among my friends and coworkers that I have a thing for firemen. Yes, it may be true that my face is so familiar at the fire department that they gave me my own - personalized ("Fire Department Public Affairs") - T-shirt. Yes, I'm on first name terms with many of the firefighters (British and American), including the
0 6/09
2008
Default Air Force Logo My DUI conviction changed my life
Attending the USAFE Road Show the other week was very hard for me because I knew that I was "that guy" that they were talking about. I made a bad decision one night that I can never take back. The conviction of Driving Under the Influence of alcohol has been a completely life changing experience. I can say from personal experience the impact goes
0 6/05
2008
Liberty Warriors gathered together to honor Senior Airman Jason D. Nathan at a gate dedication ceremony June 1 at RAF Lakenheath, England. Airman Nathan was mortally wounded by an improvised explosive device June 23, 2007 while on combat patrol in Tikrit, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brian J. Ellis) Liberty Warriors remember one of our own
Editor's note: The Senior Airman Jason D. Nathan Gate was dedicated June 1. Airman Nathan was mortally wounded by an improvised explosive device June 23, 2007 while on combat patrol in Tikrit, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.Although an overcast sky and chilly winds are common English weather, for me and dozens of Liberty Airmen, June 1
0 6/05
2008
Default Air Force Logo Motorcycle safety: Use your brain to ride smarter, safer
As the saying goes there are two types of motorcycle riders, those who've crashed and those who will. This year, only a few months into the season, we seem to be doing more crashing than riding. So far luck has been on our side, but at this rate it's only a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt or worse -- killed. The question is: what
0 5/30
2008
Default Air Force Logo There is always help, just look to a wingman
Heavier deployment commitments are taking military members away from their loved ones more today than ever. Not to mention the normal day-to-day stressors imposed on anyone already under strain could be considered the proverbial straw. The solution -- any medical professional would agree -- is never suicide. "There isn't any situation that an
0 5/29
2008
Default Air Force Logo Motorcycle safety is no accident
It is the time of year when the rain has decreased, the temperature is increasing and the sun is shining. This time of year also brings out a special breed of people, in numbers that may seem almost overwhelming at times -- motorcyclists. Germany is a motorcyclist's dream, and they come out in hordes with the warmer weather. This is a phenomenon
0 5/28
2008
Default Air Force Logo Are You Really Ready for Retirement (I mean REALLY)?
In March of 2007, I wrote a column for the base paper in which I addressed some important financial decisions that one should take early in their career in regards to planning for retirement. That column can be viewed at the following web site: http://www.aviano.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123044868. In this column I will address some of the important
0 5/27
2008
Default Air Force Logo ARIs--What is it going to take?
As another weekend approaches here at Ramstein, one thing is a sure bet--there will be yet another alcohol-related incident. A bold statement some may say, but maybe not. Looking at the numbers on alcohol related incidents since the beginning of the year, the stats don't lie. It's not like we don't have any other choice, but we all know how it
0 5/27
2008
Default Air Force Logo Sex, Drugs, & Rock-n-Roll
The song "Sex & Drugs & Rock-n-Roll" by Ian Dury became a hit single in 1977. Since then, we've had this edgy three-word phrase to play around with, and pop culture periodically revisits it. It's one of those tongue-in-cheek phrases, embodying a cocktail of truth, sarcasm, desire, & fear. We yearn for the carefree and irresponsible lifestyle that
0 4/21
2008
Default Air Force Logo These Things We Do That Others May Live
Spring is in the air, the weather is turning warmer, and along with longer hours of daylight come longer hours of socializing. Sharing a bottle of wine or having drinks at a local pub are part of the social experience in England. But how long do you wait before driving home after drinking? Some of us don't know the legal limit (.08 U.K.) for blood
0 4/15
2008
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