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  • Balancing risk with reward – A strategy for compliance

    Many Airmen suffer through the challenging task of accomplishing the mission while complying with competing direction from Air Force Instructions or other guidance. The mission is never easy and regulatory guidance often constrains your ability to get the job done. Your conclusion may be that you cannot get the mission done while still complying
  • Five reasons it’s awesome to be a woman in the Air Force

    As a woman myself, I may be biased, but there are numerous reasons why it's awesome to be a woman, definitely one that serves her country. In honor of National Women's History Month, here are five reasons why it is awesome to be a woman in the Air Force.1. Women haven't always been able to serve.When President Truman signed the Women's Armed
  • The rules of running

    Running- it's great for toning up, relieving stress and improving your overall quality of life, but what happens when other runners aren't aware of running etiquette? The answer is simple; you get an extremely frustrated runner. Now, you may be wondering, what exactly is running etiquette? Running etiquette is a simple set of unwritten rules that
  • Passing the torch

    Twanna Burke was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to New York with her family when she was 11. Burke became a single mother at 21, and still managed to attend school at Lehman College in Bronx, N.Y. She also worked three part-time jobs, but it wasn't enough to make ends meet. Growing tired of struggling, she decided to take a risk for a chance
  • Five reasons to not drink and drive

    Even though there are many reasons to not drink and drive, here are fivethings to keep in mind before getting behind the wheel.1. You have options if your plans fall through. You can always call a taxi, a wingman or use the Dyess against Drunk Drivingprogram. If worst comes to worst, use your chain of command.2. While getting behind the wheel after
  • Bloom where you are planted

    As spring is upon us and this is a time for new growth, I thought I would share my perspective on how to have a successful career based on mentorship I received both as a child and a military officer. This will not be the end all-be all guidance, but it might just give you a glimpse into a new way of thinking.I grew up as a military kid, the son of
  • The good old days

    Throughout my career I have heard the expression, "I sure miss the good old days!" This was a typical response for whenever someone was asked to do something that required a lot of work or they lacked the money to buy something for their unit. Now that I am older and have been around awhile, I can truly say I don't miss, "The good old days." Those
  • It’s not about the Bag!

    And there I was, cruising along minding my own business after a good workout, feeling pretty good about myself, thinking about the day's events, and that's when it happened, "Hey Chief, come over here for a minute". I initially thought he was talking to someone else, but as I looked around it was only him and I. I started over and as I approached
  • Core Values

    Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do are the United States Air Force's core values. They are not just words, they are the standard. We volunteered to serve our country and should remember that our individual actions define not just us but also the Air Force. I hear Airmen say they are on duty 24/7, and that is true.
  • Love your heart: know your numbers

    Heart disease is a condition that causes coronary artery disease. Most people with heart disease have experienced a heart attack, angina, heart failure, irregular heart rate and/or irregular heartbeats. Unfortunately, all ages can be affected by it. Heart disease causes one out of four deaths in the United States, and it is the leading cause of