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Default Air Force Logo Jokes aside: leaders remind us to lighten up too
There's nothing like an April Fools' joke, or being tricked by one, to really get your attention.It happened to me in April 1, 2010, during my time as a joint staff journalist at the National Guard Bureau when every assignment seemed critical. I was always traveling, I was under deadlines and I was certain that I would not make it to my next active
0 3/31
2015
MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - Service members should consider legal documents and family plans that are needed to help make important decisions should they or a loved one become unable to do so. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith/Released) Don't wait to obtain crucial documents
I learned these past months that having "advanced medical directives" and other documents make a family emergency more manageable. It is one less issue to fix when emergencies arise.I remembered that someone called them advanced directives during an event held to provide them for families here at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center. My
0 10/31
2014
Default Air Force Logo Instead of DISability, focus on the disABILITY
I'm forever thankful that I was presented opportunities based on my abilities rather than on my DISability.Although it is indisputable that an individual might have a disability, the focus should be on the root of the word and not the prefix. So, instead of DISability, focus on the disABILITY.After all, Napoleon Bonaparte said, "Ability is of
0 8/22
2014
Default Air Force Logo Recommit to addressing alcohol use
Summer is upon us and with it parties and intoxication.Just where you stand on alcohol consumption can affect you and others for a lifetime.The Pentagon announced a service-wide review of alcohol policies in May, and just last year the Army, Navy and Marine Corps enacted new limits on alcohol sales at its bases. It is a change in addressing how
0 6/20
2014
MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - The full moon rises above the tree tops on a still night at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center's campus, June 22, 2013, outside the Smoky Mountains. Since 1968, men and women have brought the campus to life. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Kurt Skoglund/Released) People give our missions life
More than three hours before the aircraft commander took responsibility for our C‐130 Hercules, the flight line was dark.Pulling up beside our aircraft was like parking in front of an empty shopping mall or a closed restaurant - nothing moved. A single light-all burned at the entry control point. There was dew on the grass alongside the acres of
0 12/02
2013
Default Air Force Logo Sexual assault convictions get published
You should know that the Air Force now publishes sexual assault convictions on-line. Anyone can go to this website and review more than 100 sexual assault convictions from across the Air Force, to include viewing them by base. After a few minutes of reviewing the facts of these cases, you will soon see many cases are very similar - they involve: 1)
0 10/31
2013
Default Air Force Logo Never walk off the Pad
January 10th was a Sunday evening. I was evaluating a Loading Standardization Crew (LSC) at an F-16 Wing. The crew, once certified, would act as a STAN-EVAL team, responsible for the training and certification of 12 combat certified load crews-- CERTIFIED to install live ordnance on combat-coded, 4th Generation, fighter aircraft.Although we were in
0 8/16
2013
Default Air Force Logo 'Hang on' through summer
A friend of my father whom I have known since I was a child, I'll call him "M" here, gave me my first safety lesson when I was about 10 years old.I was standing short and skinny, in 1978, above a Class III river section with a helmet, a life jacket and a big, black truck tire inner-tube, and he said, jokingly, "Hang on, Kid."It was my first run-in
0 7/02
2013
Default Air Force Logo Changing perceptions
The veterans of World War II and Korea set the foundation of the current Air National Guard.
0 6/19
2013
McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. – Graduating students of the Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) Class 13-6 and Airman Leadership School (ALS) Class 13-4 participate and assemble for thier retreat ceremony at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center here, May 23, 2013. The in-residence class for NCOA is six weeks and five weeks for ALS. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Kurt Skoglund) ‘Rebluing,’ why do we say that?
Since shortly after its birth as a separate service, American Airmen have worn the color, blue. Blue represents the sky above earth; a medium the Air Force first aimed to conquer. Blue in our uniforms, in our shield and in our official symbol is also commonly connected to loyalty and courage. Airmen have shown loyalty and courage in every
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2013
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