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OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- Nora Panter, age 2, daughter of Holly Panter and Maj Jake  Panter, 55th Wing, receives a sticker from a crash test dummy, while her mother looks on during a safety fair at the Offutt Fire House May 21. Safety fair patrons enjoyed numerous activities including a seat-belt simulator and a motorcycle-show-and-shine. The safety fair was part of Offutt's annual Safety Day, which focuses on reminding all Airmen to practice safety on a daily basis. U.S. Air Force Photo by Jeff W. Gates Offutt to host safety day
The Air Force's 101 Critical Days of Summer is rapidly approaching. It's an exciting time of year filled with fun, traveling, recreation and plenty of outdoor activities. Whether you're mowing the lawn, enjoying a day at the base lake, or white water rafting on the Colorado River, the 55th Wing Safety Office reminds all Airmen to remain vigilant,
0 5/12
2010
Air Education and Training Command officials authorized access to 29 social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Gmail, on government computers in April. Personnel must have their supervisor's authorization prior to accessing these sites and must follow Directive-Type Memorandum 09-026 and Air Force Instruction 33-129. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Senior Airman Tong Duong) Social networking and 'that guy'
Did you ever say something out loud or do something stupid, in front of a bunch of people and wish you never had? You know what I mean, that sinking feeling in your stomach combined with the knowing looks on the faces of people around you that say, "Dude, what were you thinking!" No matter how much backpedaling you do, you can't always fix your
0 5/12
2010
Running for fitness. A marathon to remember
Running and training for a marathon is one of the most difficult things anyone will ever do in their lifetime. Although the 26.2 miles of the event is the shortest part, it gives the runner an honest look at who they really are and what they are capable of. Completing a marathon is an accomplishment that will last a lifetime and can never be taken
0 5/06
2010
Kitchen Chaos - Navigating through the most dangerous room in the house (File Art) Spring cleaning, household chemicals
This is the time of year when people engage in spring cleanup chores. Often materials that have sat in garages and basements for extended periods of time are now rediscovered. While most items pose no risk, it's common for people to find items they can't identify or are in damaged containers. Many times people simply don't know the correct way to
0 5/04
2010
Diane Leake and her fifth grade class at Nathan Twining School Won the "Care Where You Are" national sweepstakes sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs, April 8. The school's prize consisted of 500 books to be donated to schools and charities of the winner's choosing. Professional reading benefits all Airmen
As military professionals we have numerous personal and professional responsibilities, a concept unlikely to surprise anyone reading this. Many of these responsibilities, like physical fitness, customs and courtesies, correct wear of the uniform, promotion testing preparation and successfully completing upgrade training, are obvious. However, there
0 5/03
2010
Flu Vaccine What you need to know about rabies
Now that spring is here outdoor activities will likely increase, along with the possibility of contact with wildlife, which in turn increases the chances of contracting rabies. Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system and is transmitted from infected animals to people and other animals through a bite or a saliva-infected
0 4/30
2010
Diane Leake and her fifth grade class at Nathan Twining School Won the "Care Where You Are" national sweepstakes sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs, April 8. The school's prize consisted of 500 books to be donated to schools and charities of the winner's choosing. Develop yourself for the future
The recent 55th Wing Commander's Conference, offered commander's insight into the direction of our great Air Force. One of the many topics discussed by wing leadership during the conference was the force-shaping initiative announced by the Air Force Personnel Center. We discussed its impact and attempted to determine what criteria may be used to
0 4/30
2010
Graphic created by Cheryl M. Jamieson, Air Combat Command Public Affairs. Air Force training records automation graphic featuring Air Force Training Records (AFTR) and Training Business Area (TBA). What is records management and why should I care?
What is records management? Information is at the center of everything an organization does including strategy management, research and development and compliance. How an organization manages that information and its records can directly affect its ability to comply with instructions and guidance, perform its mission and recover from disaster -- in
0 4/15
2010
Air Force Safety Patch Safety springs forward
It has been one long and frigid winter, but spring has finally arrived. Many of us were hibernating in our homes all winter and are eager to get out and enjoy the warm weather. Many will be excited to take part in activities the cold kept them from enjoying such as mountain biking, hiking, boating and motorcycle riding. While these activities may
0 4/15
2010
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- April is Alcohol Awareness Month and Lt. Col. Kevin J. Huyser, the 55th Wing Staff Judge Advocate, asks all Airmen to understand the impact alcohol can have and be responsible when consuming alcohol. One of the most important things to remember, Colonel Huyser said, is to never get behind the wheel after drinking alcoholic beverages. Alcohol Awareness Month - Understanding alcohol's impact
Since 1987, April has been designated Alcohol Awareness Month in the United States. The purpose of this designation is to raise awareness of how we use alcohol and its effects. Though the observance has obviously been around for 23 years, I sometimes wonder if we as Airmen fully understand the impact alcohol abuse can have upon us and others. If we
0 4/12
2010
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