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  • Commentary: AFRC commander sends holiday wishes

    As we enter the holiday season and prepare for the new year, I want to thank you, your families and your employers for the many sacrifices made this year for our great nation.The holidays provide all of us an opportunity to thank our friends and families for their support throughout the year. To the men and women who are able to celebrate the
  • Don't stall on the 'all'

    "Excellence in all we do" it's one of our Air Force core values. Along with integrity first and service before self, it is intended to guide every one of our actions whether we're in the cockpit, on the flightline, at the military personnel flight counter or in a medical clinic. In my more than 15 years of Air Force service, I have frequently heard
  • Veterans Day: A time to reflect

    The historical significance of Veterans Day, celebrated annually on November 11 each year, takes us back to November 11, 1918. A cessation of hostilities took place between Allied nations and Germany on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of that year, bringing about the beginning of the end of World War I. In November 1919,
  • Go the extra mile

    Going the extra mile in our jobs should be the norm rather than the exception. Too many times people shy away from this concept and give their work sections a feeling of being unionized. They adopt the mentality of "It's not my job, so why should I do it?" It can be frustrating when you try to get something done and the only reply you get is
  • Give the gift of less worry

    It's probably the most meaningful gift you can give your family. This is not a typical gift in a box with a pretty little bow and a name tag. This is a gift that will last well beyond the wrapping paper and the holidays. It's the gift of preparedness. Preparing for emergencies and life changing events now will allow your family to focus on other
  • Different perspective changes attitude

    As a videographer on active duty and a public affairs specialist stationed here as a Reservist, I have had the pleasure of seeing almost every job in the Air Force. I have talked to and videotaped aircraft mechanics, security forces, civil engineers, pilots and many others. Multiple opportunities have been given to me from being a passenger in
  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

    Today, I am a proud Hispanic American and an Air Force officer celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.I was born to two loving parents, Rosa and Carlos DeGracia, in Bronx, N.Y., Sept. 30, 1972. Both parents were born on the beautiful Caribbean island of Puerto Rico and moved to New York City during their late teens. Rosa humbly worked in a textile
  • Celebrating our past, present and future

    His story was one of the highlights of the convention. He served in Italy during World War II and fell in love with an Italian woman whose father would not let them marry. Sixty years later, in 2005, she showed up at his doorstep in New York City. She carried with her a pair of cufflinks. The cufflinks belonged to her father, who just before he
  • Fitness lies I told myself

    As we prepare for the revised Air Force fitness testing program, I've spent the last couple of months educating myself on diet and fitness -- subjects I thought I knew plenty about, I was mistaken. Throughout my career, I've prepared for and passed each physical training test. Although I never scored high, I felt good because I always passed, and I
  • See how far you can go today

    Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a runner. I've been running for 10 years and have done everything from a 5K to a marathon. During my thousands of miles, I've had a few epiphanies; moments in time when things seem clear. I've realized that marathon training and a successful Air Force career have a lot in common. They take hard work, dedication
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