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Default Air Force Logo A resilient state of mind, body: overcoming failure
First off, I want to start out by saying that a 91 on a physical fitness test is nothing. It’s what’s expected of me. It’s what I should strive for every time. To tell the whole story I have to go back to my last week in Basic Military Training, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas; I failed the sit-up portion of the test and was held back.
0 2/14
2017
Default Air Force Logo Keeping the Romance
The hardest thing I’ve ever done? Be married. Sharon and I have been married for more than 30 years – most of it wonderful, but not so at first. At about the 10 year point, something was wrong. The commitment was there, but the romantic feelings had faded. Later Sharon told me that she wanted to find a way to leave. I’m so glad she didn’t.
0 1/17
2017
Default Air Force Logo The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday: Reflecting on a Leader, a Dreamer and a Friend
In January 2008, I was a reserve chaplain completing a six-month tour at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. The tour was prompted by the high operations tempo at the base chapel and the fact that the Senior Protestant Chaplain had been deployed. In his absence, I supported the many religious groups and several diversity or community organizations that fell under his purview. One such organization was the base Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance Committee. After being asked to assist with the annual commemoration service, I eagerly agreed and offered my assistance in any way.
0 1/10
2017
Senior Airman Ashlin Federick, Armed Forces Medical Examiner System photojournalist, has her cheek swabbed with a Bode buccal swab by Jennie McMahon, AFMES Department of Defense DNA Registry supervisory DNA analyst, July 7, 2016, at AFMES on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Buccal swabs are used to retrieve DNA samples from family references to identify human remains. (Courtesy photo) Science, ancestry, identity: What I learned from following my DNA
As I settled into my new assignment at the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System this past year, I embarked on a personal DNA journey. To be honest, I never really understood the in-depth specifics surrounding DNA and the potential influence it has in providing closure to military families.
0 1/06
2017
Default Air Force Logo “Where else would you rather be…than right here, right now”
As a young man growing up around Buffalo, New York, in the 1980s and early 1990s, I took many early leadership cues from two of the greatest external influences in my life at that point…President Ronald Reagan and Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame Head Coach Marv Levy.
0 1/03
2017
Default Air Force Logo Wingman at your side
Have you really thought about what it means to be a "good" Wingman? An online dictionary defines Wingman as "someone who helps another through a difficult time." In the movie “Top Gun,” a victorious Iceman screamed to Maverick, "you could be my Wingman any time!" Maverick retorted "bull$&!#, you can be mine!" They were outnumbered and outgunned. They understood they couldn't individually beat a superior fighting force as individual pilots. The only way for them to win was to take the fight to the Russian MiGs as a team and they emerged victorious. The Army calls them Battle Buddies. We call them Wingmen. Are you deployed and going to chow? Take your Wingman for protection. Is it taco night at the dining facility? Take care of your Wingman and get three. Let's face it, Wingman is a hackneyed term that has lost much of its meaning and what it stands for to us as Airmen. It means different things to different people. I think of a Wingman as an individual member of a team, and as a collective, the power of the Wingman is in the group of people moving forward to complete a task they can't accomplish individually.
0 12/13
2016
Default Air Force Logo The Good Ol’ Days…?
In 2001 when I recited the oath of office for the first time, my fellow Airmen seemed to approach our chosen profession a bit differently than we do today. The following list highlights a few of those differences.
0 11/29
2016
Default Air Force Logo Discovering Dave
Twenty-eight years ago, when I first joined the military, I didn’t think twice about spending money or about saving for the future. I also didn’t think twice about buying a new car and applying for a few credit cards to build up my credit. My thought was “why shouldn’t I if I had a stable income?”. After all, I had a guaranteed paycheck that came in on the 1st and 15th of each month, and I felt that I’d always have this stability throughout my career. I was in denial!
0 11/15
2016
Default Air Force Logo Don’t be a ‘no-show’ - it isn’t worth it
Our goal at the 436th Medical Group is to meet the healthcare needs of you and your family by providing the best possible medical care and access to our services. In order to provide the appointments needed for our enrolled patients and their families, we need your help in preventing no-shows.
0 10/17
2016
Default Air Force Logo October – National Cyber Security Awareness Month: crossing the digital street – everyday steps toward online safety
Living in a digital age allows people from all over the world to have access to an abundance of resources. The Internet connects billions of devices and people around the world. Communication has never been easier thanks to email, instant messaging, and social media. While advancements in technology have made it possible for more people to own and operate electronic devices, they have also created opportunities in which cyber criminals thrive.
0 10/05
2016
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