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Default Air Force Logo From Risk to Resiliency
"I don't know what to do any more ... I'm in so much pain." Those were the tearful words I heard just after my office door closed. What followed was a story of seeing a friend die. Then, there was the sorrow, anger and other elements which accompany grief. The person in pain was an Airman assigned to a unit within the 497th Intelligence,
0 2/26
2013
Default Air Force Logo There IS an I in team
Contrary to popular belief or conventional wisdom or even the cliché, there IS an I in team. The I is you, the I is me. The I represents all the "I"ndividuals who make up a team. And nowhere is that more meaningful than in the United States military. Our Armed Forces is a microcosm of Americans - individuals drawn from across our great land who
0 12/21
2012
Default Air Force Logo Through Airmen's Eyes: The Journey back to normal
Between August 2009 and March 2010, I lost myself during my deployment to Afghanistan. I remember coming off the airplane and seeing my family and knowing that my world would never be the same again. It took me more than a year to put my life back together. My family and coworkers greeted me coming out of the secure area of the airport and as I
0 12/10
2012
Default Air Force Logo My job is prosecuting sexual assault
Here's a simple truth...sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are "blue on blue," or Airmen victimizing other Airmen. So in addition to rejecting our core values, these undisciplined Airmen reject
0 7/23
2012
Senior Airman Jayson Phillips works with his physical trainer, Chris Gillis, to regain control of his arm at San Antonio Military Medical Center. Exercises like this one help Phillips redevelop nerve and muscle control for his arm and hand. Here he builds hand strength by squeezing the ball and moving the peg from the table to the pegboard. Phillips is currently recovering from a stroke he suffered Sept. 19, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/William Belcher)
Wingmen Enable Airman's Incredible Recovery
Resiliency, wingman, core values -- these are terms we use every day to describe and define us as Airmen. Every day I come to work and see examples of Airmen who are resilient, Airmen who take care of their fellow Airmen, Airmen who live and operate by our core values. On Sept. 19, 2011, four Airmen from the 543rd Intelligence, Reconnaissance and
0 5/23
2012
(Graphic courtesy of Florida Call 811 Campaign) Backyard gardening, learned the hard way
Question: How many people does it take to plant a backyard bougainvillea? Answer: Fifteen firefighters, two Emergency Medical Services technicians, four fire trucks, one ambulance, one gas company emergency response vehicle, and a gas company employee!But only if you're like me and fail to plan accordingly by contacting the right people when
0 4/05
2012
Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency Shield (Color).  Previously known as the Air Intelligence Agency.  Image provided by the Air Force Historical Research Agency. In accordance with Chapter 3 of AFI 84-105, commercial reproduction of this emblem is NOT permitted without the permission of the proponent organizational/unit commander. The image is 6x6 inches @ 300 ppi. Reflections of a Combat Comptroller in Afghanistan
In April 2011, I began a 365-day deployment to Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan. For the next year, I served as the Director, Comptroller and Programs Directorate (CJ8), NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (NTM-A/CSTC-A), supporting our nation's interests in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. State-side, I
0 2/22
2012
Default Air Force Logo The tyranny of 'now'
Be careful what you wish for. George Bernard Shaw is famously quoted as saying, "There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it." Our modern colloquial version of the sentiment is expressed in the proverb, "Be careful what you wish for; you might get it."In no aspect of our lives is this truer than in
0 1/31
2012
Default Air Force Logo Resiliency: A Leadership Issue
There is good reason for all the talk about resiliency. Resilient people not only spring back from the curve balls of life, but actually grow stronger in the process. Too often, when we look to grow resiliency in the force, we turn only to our medical professionals and Chaplain Corps for help. Though these are key players, resiliency is first and
0 1/12
2012
Default Air Force Logo Leadership sends holiday wishes
Another Christmas season has come upon us. This is a time of year filled with stories of hope, joy, and sacrifice. These types of stories do not often make the front page of the newspaper, but they are just as important. They remind us why we are here, and what we are fighting for. Charitable contributions increase dramatically during this season.
0 12/27
2011
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