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  • A Story of Courage

    In 2006, I was a young emergency medicine doc staffing the ER in Balad, Iraq. There was a break in the action, and about when I sat down to read the paper, my patient got blown up. He was on patrol, riding in a Humvee when an improvised explosive device detonated nearby, peppering his vehicle with supersonic metal. Most of this shower of shrapnel
  • The Rhythm of the Winter Blues

    Not to be confused with the famous blues rhythms of New Orleans, Chicago, and New York, the “winter blues” also known as seasonal affective disorder is a serious medical condition that will, on average, affect over 18 million Americans every year, according to Dr. Norman Rosenthal, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical School.
  • Deck the halls, not set them on fire

    Happy Holidays from Dover AFB Fire and Emergency services flight! During 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 200 home fires all of which started with a Christmas tree. Each year, these fires caused an average of 6 deaths, 16 injuries, and $14.8 million in direct property damage. Of those, electrical distribution or lighting
  • Name that feeling

    The day after Thanksgiving my family and I (along with our dog) piled into our car, put on some Christmas tunes, and headed to a tree farm in hopes of finding the perfect Christmas tree for this season. “The Great Tree Hunt” in some ways has become a family tradition and something my family looks forward to every year with the prize being the
  • Staying healthy during the holidays

    It’s that time of the year again. Squadron potlucks, family dinners, and eating out while shopping or traveling. According to a recent study by Cornell University, some Americans will consume 4500 calories and 250 grams of fat during holiday celebration dinners leading to an average weight gain of 1.3 pounds by the New Year with some gaining much
  • Seven Tips to Having a Successful Friendsgiving

    The Thanksgiving season is upon us and for many Airmen here at Dover, it will be spent away from their families. That’s the bad news. The good news is that many of those Airmen will be celebrating Friendsgiving!
  • ECARS: Keeping Dover’s Air Clean

    Here at Dover AFB, we have a requirement for all employees who drive their privately owned vehicles on base for work 60 days or more a year to complete their vehicle registration in the Employee-vehicle Certification and Reporting System, or ECARS. This is an Air Force program that will ensure the base aligns with Clean Air Act, section 118(d).
  • Dover Airman volunteers with SERE specialists

    Over the past two months, I’ve had a somewhat unorthodox volunteer experience with the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists. I’ve been hoisted up into a helicopter from the ocean, pulled around on the back of a jet ski, and I’ve even driven around on an all-terrain vehicle dressed like an adversary.
  • Good things happen when MVPs align

    Have you ever wondered, “Why are we doing this?” “What does this have to do with the big picture or overall goal?” “Why is this important?”
  • OPSEC and you

    The desired effect of OPSEC is to influence the adversary’s behavior and actions by protecting friendly operations and activities. You have probably been practicing Operations Security (OPSEC) in your personal life without even knowing it.