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Default Air Force Logo Finding help
Last week I received devastating news. My wife and I were sitting on the couch, watching “The Voice” and perusing Facebook during commercial breaks, when I came across a status that shocked me to my core. A friend posted a status that our friend, Jeremy took his life. I couldn’t believe it. I had just seen Jeremy posting on social media not that
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Lt. Col. Brian E. Ferguson is commander of the 94th Operations Support Squadron. The 94th OSS is based out of Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brad Fallin) 
Finding your place in the big picture
Why are you here; why do you serve? Sometimes it’s easy to lose focus of the big picture and the reasons we serve. We have many ancillary requirements, or terms of employment, laid upon us: numerous CBTs, MICT checklists, processing orders for pay and completing travel vouchers in DTS, remaining medically current and qualified, maintaining a
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Default Air Force Logo Welcome the new
As we move into the New Year, how do you handle the past? Is the past something that is forgotten like the old year, or does it hang around and dominate your future?I have noticed recently that the topic for January is not only New Year’s resolutions, but the past in general. In listening to the topic I noticed a train of thought. The idea was a
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Robert Geoffrey Long was born on December 15, 1985 in Lubbock, Texas. Rob joined the USAF Reserves in 2005 and served a tour in Iraq in 2007/2008. He transitioned to the Navy Reserves where he became a Corpsman. (U.S.Air Force/ Courtesy Photo) Life goes on, but not the same
Four years ago Jan. 12, I received a phone call that completely changed my life. I woke up to news that my best friend Robby had been killed. For several hours I felt paralyzed before I broke down. I poured through all the photo albums I had looking at pictures of us from when we were kids hanging out with all of our friends.It didn’t seem real.
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Senior Master Sgt. Michael Edwards, Officer Accession Flight trainer, observes as 2nd Lt. Danielle Purnell leads 2nd Lt. Shannell Emery in the U.S. Air Force Oath of Officer Aug 24. Emery will join the 94th Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Elizabeth Van Patten) Truly humbled: my transition from enlistee to Air Force officer
Truly humbled; two words that come to mind when I think about the last three months and a journey that started almost two years ago.With the guidance and help from my wing and office leadership, I was nominated and selected as a Senior Airman to earn a commission through the Deserving Airman Commissioning program. A year later, I was off to Officer
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Senior Airman Chelsea Smith (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Peek) Glitz and glam: What am I doing here?
It was a night to remember for all the right reasons. At nine-thirty in the evening, a cool breeze brushed my face and a smirk began to form. In hindsight, I was glad I attended, though, my stomach still growled at the thought of the "grog bowl," contents of which still remain unknown. "That's one thing you have to watch out for," said Master Sgt.
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(Courtesy graphic) Commentary: Peace amidst the storms
What comes to your mind when you hear the word, "peace?" Is it a place at a quiet lake, a solitary place at a beach or somewhere in a beautiful garden? Do you picture yourself somewhere where it's quiet, safe and pleasant? Sometimes life throws us in all kinds of troubles, storms and challenging situations. How do you maintain your peace then? What
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Default Air Force Logo What is resiliency?
Resiliency: The ability to withstand, recover and/or grow in the face of stressors and changing demands. (Source - Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury)The objective of 2011 Wingman Day is to reinforce the Wingman concept as the foundation to building resilient Airmen. The goal is to encourage Airmen to
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Default Air Force Logo The parade goes on...
I clearly recall the events of Friday, Aug. 14, 2009. It was a memorable day in grand proportions, a day worthy of sharing with past, present and future Airmen. I had the great fortune and honor to attend back-to-back ceremonies unique to the military profession. The day began at the Lackland Air Force Base parade ground on a sultry summer day in
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Laying the Air Force wreath with 1st. Lt. Ray Bell, WWII Army Air Corps veteran, and Lt. Col. Todd Copley at the ceremony for Wreaths Across America at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. (courtesy photo) 

Wreaths Across America
What turned out in 1992 as a simple gesture by the Worcester Wreath Company to donate 5,000 Christmas wreaths to the Arlington National Cemetery, has turned into a national push to honor the graves of veterans in cemeteries and memorials throughout the country and on foreign soil. Wreaths Across America  was born in 2006 out of a desire to honor
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