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  • Extra baggage comes at a cost

    This June 27th is National PTSD Awareness Day as enacted by congress S. Res. 481 in 2010. PTSD does not happen to combat veterans exclusively but to anyone who experiences such a traumatic event that they simply can’t recover from. These individuals can be rape, domestic abuse or other violent crime victims.
  • Make it happen, Airmen

    Airmen are no strangers to change. Our Air Force was born from change after an exhausting world war when nations were recovering and healing emotionally, physically and financially.The decades following World War II brought us numerous changes: hot and cold wars, technological and aerospace advancements, and manpower ups and downs. Like some of
  • Fire department offers grilling safety advice

    With the arrival of the summer sun, many of us will turn our attention to the outdoors. Those who shy away from the stove all year round will disappear into the garage to reappear with the grill under the belief they have unfulfilled talent in the culinary department. Outdoor grilling is a fun and sociable way to cook food. But, a grill placed too
  • Airman tackles the gym: Legs, Bums and Tums

    (Editor's note: Airman 1st Class Waters is working on improving her overall fitness throughout the year. Look for the next installation in the series next week when she takes on Cardio Kickboxing.)Physical training has never been my strong point. Even when I was a little kid things dealing with being on land and playing sports were always hard for
  • Every Airman a Sensor

    I would like to have a few moments of your time to tell you something of great concern to me. I have had the privilege of serving in the Air Force for 35 years and there is nothing more important to me as your commander than your safety and your welfare. I recently began visiting your wings and many have heard me say that every Airman is a sensor.
  • 48th MDG responds in my darkest hour

    I want the nightmares to stop!That's one thing I told Dr. Jeffery Peterson, a 48th Medical Operations Squadron clinical psychologist, when I went to see him last year. I admit the visit wasn't voluntary.Just before leaving Afghanistan in May 2011, I had to accomplish an online post-deployment health assessment and was flagged by many of my
  • Flashbacks of War: Remembering Red Sand

    Like many, I was prepared to lay down my life for my country each time I shipped off to war. There were a few times when I genuinely believed the cost would be my life, but, sadly it's turned out to be much more.The sacrifices paid in combat can't be quantified in dollars or time, but are counted in tears shed by those who love and support us while
  • Deployment Journal: Motivated patriots key to Afghan future

    Last week ended badly for me as I twisted my ankle and was put on limited duty, which restricts me from running or jumping for two weeks.As I tended to the office, my two coworkers, Mass Communication Specialists 1st Class John Pearl and Stephen Hickok, headed down to a mission in Shindand District.I saw them off to their convoy site and grudgingly
  • Deployment Journal: Motivated patriots key to Afghan future

    Last week ended badly for me as I twisted my ankle and was put on limited duty, which restricts me from running or jumping for two weeks.As I tended to the office, my two coworkers, Mass Communication Specialists 1st Class John Pearl and Stephen Hickok, headed down to a mission in Shindand District.I saw them off to their convoy site and grudgingly
  • Deployment Journal: A strange encounter rekindles NCO responsibilities

    The last two-and-a-half weeks were long, as I spent them in the field without a change of clothes or shower. I rectified that within minutes of arriving at Camp Stone, a base nearby my own in Herat Province, Afghanistan.While awaiting a convoy to Camp Arena the next day, I happened across the team of Americans who train the Afghan National Army
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