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  • Through wounded eyes

    I wasn't okay…I felt like no one cared. October 10, 2019, was easily one of the loneliest days of my life. While most of the base slept that brisk morning, I was having makeup applied to my face to rep-resent the “black eye” that would paint it for the rest of the day. With my realistic scenario playing in my head and 10 domestic violence awareness cards in hand, I set out to start my day. Throughout the day, I was supposed to come into contact with as many Airmen as possible in hopes that they would ask if I was alright or if I needed assistance. The exercise was designed to increase overall domestic violence awareness, foster the “see something, say something” mentality and highlight the various helping agencies on base.
  • Incirlik Airmen build resilience with new rugby team

    Helen Keller, an American author and activist, once said “alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”This is what two Airmen discovered when they worked together to bring one of their dreams to life: establishing a rugby football club at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.The dream started when Maj. Michael Stacpoole, a health care integrator
  • Suicide Prevention: Talking about it is the hard part

    Death leaves a heartache that is often difficult to heal from, because it can be tough to forget someone who gave so much to remember.
  • Incirlik Airmen roll out September GRIT

    Grit… what is grit? The word brings thoughts of courage, resolve and strength of character, according to the major command U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa. Using this definition, USAFE-AFAFRICA has pushed forward with an initiative called Operation GRIT. It is an innovative way of improving military culture, creating safer communities and developing productive Airmen, the MAJCOM says on its website.
  • RAF Mildenhall Equal Opportunity advisor is serious about travel

    During his two assignments at RAF Mildenhall, England, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Landon Scaife, 100th Air Refueling Wing Equal Opportunity advisor, traveled to more than 20 countries. He turned wrenches as a maintainer during his time here from 2012 to 2014, and now, as a member of the Equal Opportunity office, he serves to ensure work environments for Airmen are free of obstacles preventing them from succeeding. Scaife has taken advantage of the base’s proximity to other countries and used travel not only as an outlet to decompress from the demands of work, but also as a tool for personal change.
  • When you’re gone: Beyond surviving

    Death is not kind. It cloaks every corner of the world with little to no discrimination, stealing away people that are too young, too nice and most loved. Its reality is unforgiving and can only truly be understood by those who have felt its icy fingers. One Liberty Wing member felt that touch. What started as a beautiful day filled with love, ended with Graham Hingston, 48th Civil Engineer Squadron asset accountability element chief, finding his wife Lynne Hingston, lifeless near their home.
  • RAF Mildenhall NCO’s journey from enlisted to officer

    U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ian Velez, 100th Communications Squadron NCO-in-charge of radio frequency transmissions, is scheduled to attend Officer Training School and commission as a force support squadron officer later this year. Velez’s path to OTS was not a quick one. He faced many obstacles while pursuing his goal of becoming an Air Force officer; nonetheless, he earned his commission with drive, patience and the ability to accept the guidance of a mentor.
  • Combating sexual assault

    Several months have passed since April and for some, the excitement surrounding sexual assault awareness and prevention month has fizzled but one lieutenant’s passion for combating this key issue is still ablaze. For 1st Lt. Nicole Flanagan, 39th Air Base Wing sexual assault response coordinator, the math is simple--one sexual assault is one too many and education is the key to achieving her goal of zero.
  • Tails from the hardstand: 100th Bomb Group veteran shares ‘Bloody Hundredth’ memories

    “It was right after Pearl Harbor happened that my best friend and I decided to join up with the U.S. Army Air Corps,” recalled retired Master Sgt. Dewey Christopher, a former 351st Bomb Squadron crew chief, 100th Bombardment Group and World War II veteran. “We went to Oklahoma City to sign up and by Dec. 17, 1941, I was in the service.” Christopher recently visited RAF Mildenhall as guest of honor at a ceremony renaming the Professional Development Center after him, and shared some of the stories from when he was stationed in England during World War II.
  • From enlisted marine to 100th ARW commander: dreams, hard work pay off

    At first glance, Col. Troy Pananon, 100th Air Refueling Wing commander, seems to be what many U.S. Airmen would expect a U.S. Air Force wing commander to be: energetic, driven, sociable and of course, intelligent. What might not be apparent are the struggles he faced in his quest to become the Airman he is today.
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