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  • RUfit? Thriving outside the biodome

    Staying fit, sharpening our knowledge about suicide and building resiliency are all hot topics in today's Air Force. As all of these elements are crucial, resiliency encompasses almost everything that weighs heavy in our day-to-day missions.Military families know how difficult times can be when their loved one is deployed or in harm's way. Learning
  • A second Renaissance

    I used to smile more. During those carefree days of my youth when my friends and I would run like lost boys through the woods - building tree forts and "playing Army." The world was simpler then, or maybe I was just that naïve. But one thing is true, the older I get the more the world seems to change - or maybe I am just taking more notice of
  • Strength in Diversity: It's all black and white, isn't it?

    Diversity is a celebration of the differences we have from each other. Air Force policies provide for equal opportunity and treatment for all members irrespective of their race, color, religion, national origin or sex.It has not always been this way. In fact, when our Air Force story began, we couldn't have been farther from those principles.
  • An Airman reflects on 67 years

    Today, Sept. 18, marks the 67th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force’s conception. In 1947, the Air Force evolved as its own branch of service from the U.S. Army Air Forces. This momentous occasion in history is a well-known fact, something with which all Airmen should be familiar. But what does the Air Force’s birthday really mean to those who
  • From one Airman to another: Thank you

    Editor's Note: Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden served as a co-emcee for the 67th Anniversary Air Force Ball at Club Eifel at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2014. The following letter was read during the Ball. It is based on McFadden's day of reporting on two World War II-era Airmen's visit to Chièvres Air Base, Belgium, Aug. 9, 2014. While it
  • Strength in diversity: Col. Dunn's perspective

    "None of us is as smart as all of us." Ken BlanchardSo, what's next in terms of diversity?"I think that's the million-dollar question," Jessica L. Wright, the acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness recently said, "We've made significant progress [with diversity], but our work isn't done." The next "Big Thing" in our commitment
  • How I learned to stop worrying and love the beat

    Europe has been known to suffer horribly depressing winters and it comes to no surprise that many inhabitants look forward to the glorious relief of summer. Why is summer so fantastic in Europe? What makes it so magical? After nearly completing my tour here I believe I have found the answer: summer festival season.When the weather begins to wrap
  • Diversity, performance and mission success: A commander's perspective

    How does a front-line Air Force fighter squadron, tasked to deliver combat air power at a moment's notice, incorporate and encourage the broad principles of diversity into its effort?  Quite simply, we cannot accept anything less than a diverse team to achieve mission success.  For a combat fighter squadron, diversity is a force multiplier across
  • Lessons of the past lead to stable future

    The car bumped and bounced along the road peppered with loose rocks and potholes. Buildings flew by, both new and old, that symbolized national struggle and a commitment to rebuild. It was hard to believe that nearly 75 years ago, the road leading to and from Gniezno, the former capital of modern day Poland, was lined with troops from the Third
  • Courage is born of encouragement

    There was a point in my life when I didn't see a future, but I found comfort through different base agencies. Adapting to our military lifestyle is not just difficult for our significant others and children, but also for those of us who joined.As a career assistance adviser, I've had the distinct privilege of learning from thousands of people over