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Air Force officials are seeking nominations for the 2018 General and Mrs. Jerome F. O’Malley Award. All nomination packages are due to the Air Force’s Personnel Center no later than Jan. 26, 2018. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Alexx Pons) AF accepting nominations for Gen. and Mrs. Jerome F. O’Malley Award
Air Force officials are seeking nominations for the 2018 General and Mrs. Jerome F. O’Malley Award. The award recognizes the wing commander and spouse team whose contributions to the nation, Air Force and local community best exemplify the highest ideals and positive leadership of a military couple serving in a key Air Force position. Organizations
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Be there, be aware: help prevent suicide Be there, be aware: Help prevent suicide
When we focus on our health, it’s easy to pay attention to physical health versus mental well-being. Ignoring mental health concerns like anxiety and depression can lead to worsening symptoms and more serious issues. For some people, these issues may include an increased risk of suicide.
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436th Training Squadron celebrates centennial 436th Training Squadron celebrates centennial
Time is a precious commodity; 436th products help the readiness of the Air Force by assisting and supporting training and freeing up valuable time. This creates space to spend recurring training issues. Video productions also supplement person-to-person training and enable Air Force Instructors to focus on preparing our Airmen for future conflicts.
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Col Robert Kirtley enjoys a soft drink as a young Captain on a flight line. He was born July 26, 1917 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is a WWII and Korean War veteran who served in the Air Force for more than 25 years. He graduated from Wofford College, and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1940. His first assignment was with the 27th Pursuit Squadron, First Pursuit Group, at Selfridge Field, Michigan. Air Force veteran turns 100
Robert Kirtley was born July 26, 1917, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is a WWII and Korean War veteran who served in the Air Force for more than 25 years. Like many men from his generation he has mastered the art of the understatement. On turning 100, he said, “Well, one hundred years is a long time,” and reflecting on some of the most vicious fighting during WWII, he said, “I didn’t really fancy getting shot at.”
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Chaplain (Maj.) Jim Bridgeham, 363rd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing chaplain, left, and Capt. Jerry Walker, wing psychologist and acting wing surgeon general, record the twelfth episode of their resilience podcast, “The Pillars,” at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, July 6, 2017. The 363rd ISR Wing is spread across several bases and mission locations, and the podcast has been a great format for those Airmen to be included in resilience training. (United States Air Force photo by Jennifer Spradlin) Podcast puts new spin on resilience
Capt. Jerry Walker, wing psychologist and acting wing surgeon general, and Chaplain (Maj.) Jim Bridgeham, wing chaplain, have just recorded the twelfth episode of their podcast, “The Pillars.” The two have worked hard to craft a show that is personable, relatable across rank and age, and full of tips that Airmen can immediately apply in their own lives. The response so far from the wing has been overwhelmingly positive. Each episode has been downloaded between 60-120 times and one-on-one counseling sessions within the wing have increased.
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Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell (left), Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with Airmen from the 57th Maintenance Group during a Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. visit July 10, 2017.  One of Troxell’s many duties as SEAC is to monitor the pulse of the joint enlisted force by identifying trends in morale and readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Kleinholz) SEAC visits with Nellis Airmen
Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spent a day immersing himself in the diverse missions carried out by Airmen at Nellis Air Force Base. The conversations he had with Nellis Airmen were driven primarily by his four core objectives, or, “Lines of Operation” to monitor the pulse of the enlisted force, to ensure responsiveness within the Joint Staff, to cultivate strong relationships between military leadership and the Secretary of Defense, and most importantly, to serve as the voice for the joint enlisted force. “My visit today at Nellis simply reinforces what I already knew, and that is there is a lot of great work being done here,” said Troxell.
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U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing (FW) detach a flag from its halyard during a retreat ceremony at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 29, 2017. For the first time in 10 years, Shaw squadrons are rotating responsibility for a monthly retreat ceremony at the 20th FW headquarters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney) 20th FW Airmen continue squadron flag detail tradition
As Team Shaw heads home after a long day of work, retreat plays, announcing the end of the duty day. At the sound of the first note, the base pauses: vehicles stop in the street, people turn toward the music, and the base community pays respects to the red, white and blue of the United States.
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander; Col. Jennifer Short, 23d Wing commander; and Col. Thomas Kunkel, outgoing 23d Wing commander, prepare for a change of command ceremony, July 10, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The change of command ceremony is a part of military history signifying the hand-off of responsibility of a unit from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan) Reins of Flying Tigers changes hands
The Flying Tigers welcomed Col. Jennifer Short as she took command of the installation during a change of command ceremony July 10. This ceremony marked the first time a female will command the storied unit and the first time a fighter pilot will command the 23d Wing since its reactivation at Moody AFB in 2006.
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Texas A&M University cadets Douglas Thies, left, and David Vaclavik, stand for a picture in their uniforms at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas, circa 1992. The two cadets would eventually become U.S. Air Force colonels and take command of the 20th Operations Group and the 20th Mission Support Group, respectively, providing combat-ready F-16CM Fighting Falcon airpower and Airmen to suppress enemy air defenses and provide close air support in the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility. (Courtesy photo) From cadet to colonel: Wingmen for life
Filing into a barber shop in 1989, a group of college freshmen prepare for the Cadet Corps program at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, by receiving the traditional rites during their transition from civilian to military: a buzz cut. Physical training, formations and university classrooms were all part of the daily lives of cadets assigned to A&M Squadron 7. As they marched toward graduation, the cadets would gain more than knowledge and bearing from the program which attempted to shape them into the next generation of military leaders.
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June is PTSD awareness month. The Air Force Medical Service is employing treatments for PTSD that makes a real difference in the lives of Airmen suffering from this invisible wound of war. PTSD treatment confronts the trauma behind the disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder is considered one of the “signature wounds” of the current conflicts in the Middle East. But many people may not know that there are highly effective treatments for this invisible wound being deployed at Air Force hospitals and clinics today. It’s normal to feel stressed and anxious after a traumatic event. For
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