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  • '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
  • Lessons from "A Message to Garcia" never more applicable

    "No matter how good times are, this sorting continues, only if times are hard and work is scarce, the sorting is done finer - but out and forever out, the incompetent and unworthy go." - 'A Message to Garcia' by Elbert HubbardElbert Hubbard's renowned piece, "A Message to Garcia," is especially relevant in the face of challenging times for our Air
  • 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
  • Let me save you from the embarrassment

    Editor's note: This is the third in a series of related articles on the challenges of passing a physical fitness test through the first-hand account of Senior Airman Briana Jones.Humiliation and embarrassment were among the many feelings that raced through me in the days following my physical fitness test failure. In my mind it signified that I was
  • 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
  • Wisconsinite to Airmen: Put junk in yo trunk!

    It's wintertime, and you're most likely dashing over the river and through the woods to get to where you need to go. But what if you find yourself spinning on black ice into a frightening nightmare before Christmas off a desolate farm road? What would you do next and how long do you think you could be stuck?Well, I'll be the first to admit I am no
  • Tips for holiday survival

    The winter holiday period, now until New Year's Day, is a wonderful time. Usually, people spend quality time with loved ones, celebrate traditions and enjoy being with each other. Conversely, those who have recently joined the military or moved overseas may find the holidays a lonely time. If you will be spending the holidays away from family -
  • SLAP your Airmen daily

    Have you ever wanted to SLAP your Airmen? Have you ever wanted to SLAP them in hopes of teaching them a lesson? Have you ever wanted to SLAP them but feared going to jail? If you answered yes to one or all of these questions, here is a way to accomplish it, legally.A good hard SLAP to your Airman's face will go a long way for a supervisor and the
  • Learning to live a new "normal"

    Everyone reacts differently to tragic events when they happen, but I never thought I would react the way I did when tragedy happened to me.I always thought of myself as a strong person that could handle anything. However, when my son died, I initially felt like I would not be able to live my life in any state of "normal" ever again. I have never
  • Call it like it is

    Have you ever done something wrong, intentional or not, that other people might not find out about or at least know who was responsible? Those are defining moments in our lives. Those are moments that can either build character as we make the tough decision to fess up, or they can reveal weakness and lack of integrity that's incompatible with our
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