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An U.S. Army Soldier fires a 9 mm Beretta automatic pistol in the standing unsupported position during the German Armed Forces Badge for military Proficiency event at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Nov. 4, 2016. The pistol exercise is one of six GAFPB events, members fire two bullets performing three different shooting positions, aiming to hit the target. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech Sgt. Daylena S. Ricks) Earning the GAFPB: an Airman’s evolution
Swimming has never been a problem for me in the past, but this time was different. As I walked out of the locker room and saw the line of U.S. Army Soldiers and U.S. Navy Sailors waiting and watching as fellow participants struggled to complete the swim, a feeling of anxiousness started to overwhelm me.
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2016
Airman Shawna Keyes (left), 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, takes a photo with Leta Matte, Oct. 9, 2016, in Matthews, North Carolina. Matte has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer for the past two months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes) My home away from home
Cancer. The word reaches your ears and your heart stops. Your blood chills and your breath catches. Cancer is never a word you want to hear, say, or wish upon anyone. But hear it, I did.
0 10/28
2016
In 1988, Hispanic Heritage Week became National Hispanic Heritage Month covering a 30-day period, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. At Moody Air Force Base, Ga., NHHM was celebrated in February under a new Air Force initiative that condenses heritage and awareness months into two Diversity Days. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Callaghan) Celebrating Hispanic, Latinx heritage
At Moody, National Hispanic Heritage Month was celebrated in February under the new Air Force initiative that condenses heritage and awareness months into two days throughout the year called Diversity Days. As the actual month comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on how it started and what the month is all about. Hispanic Heritage Week started in 1968 during the presidency of Lyndon Johnson but was expanded to a month, by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, to cover Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. HHW was renamed to HHM and was created to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans.
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2016
Linda Roose (left) and Josh Roose, family members of Master Sgt. Brittany Jones, 4th Fighter Wing public affairs NCO-in-charge of command information, are photographed at Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio in May 2005. Josh was shot in the head and nearly died from the incident. (Courtesy photo) Why I give
I was sitting in a daze in a cold and uninviting waiting area outside an emergency operating room about one month before my high school graduation in 2005. I listened to the robotic beeps of medical machinery when I realized my life was about to change forever. Earlier that night, I was sitting on the couch watching TV when I heard panicked pounding on the front door. When I answered the knocks, a policeman stood on our front porch drenched head-to-toe from the rain. I'll never forget the look of fear in his eyes when he told me to get my mom and follow him quickly.
0 10/11
2016
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Senior Airman Rose Gudex, 21st Space Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, surrounds herself with her Air Force family from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., during difficult times. Gudex didn’t have a solid support system before joining the military, but found a family in her brothers and sisters in arms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman) Good night, mom
At the time, I did not realize how important it was to have a support system. I also didn’t understand the concept that family didn’t have to be related and could be anyone who cared enough to make sure you were okay.
0 10/11
2016
Default Air Force Logo Lead the way, end childhood obesity
Until this past year, I’d never eaten honeydew, raspberries or strawberries. Growing up, I may not have eaten much fruit, but you can bet I knew the ins-and-outs of every local fast-food restaurant. On the occasion that my family would eat a home-cooked meal, I wouldn’t like the food prepared. I would go to my room on an empty stomach only to wait until everyone went to sleep and indulge in a buffet of cereal, cookies and snack cakes.
0 10/11
2016
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0 10/05
2016
Default Air Force Logo Please give tomorrow a chance
In March 1983, I was 16 years old and a senior in high school. I had a sister who was 17 and a brother who just turned 19. Through interesting circumstances, we were all seniors together. On Sunday, 4 March 1983, my brother committed suicide. That was a tough time for our family. I have always wondered how different my life would be if I still had
0 4/04
2016
Default Air Force Logo Civilian employment mentoring leads to understanding
Something exceptional happened when two retired first sergeants -- one a team leader from the Airman & Family Readiness Center here, and the other a local human resources professional with Mutual of Omaha – joined forces to assist personnel leaving active duty.  The result is the Excel with a Mentor program, or EWAM, that pairs a civilian from the
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Sending your vote home: how it works, why it matters
As voting season draws near and all of the commercials on TV seem to be nothing but presidential hopefuls pandering to their audiences, there seems to be a lot of questions rising to the forefront of service members' minds: What is absentee voting? How does it work? Why should I bother? Let's tackle these one at a time.First off, what is absentee
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