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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
April is Stress Awareness Month and the lives of servicemembers, as well as their families can be quite stressful from time to time. With that in mind, Jacqueline Gray Okun from Offutt's Mental Health Clinic, offers some advice on reducing stress. The plague of modern man, stress
Stress can be an everyday option and most of us choose it, or at least choose to do nothing about it because it appears difficult to avoid. According to Dr. Margaret Davis, stress can be defined as "any change you must adapt to," ranging from actual threat of danger to the excitement of falling in love. Stress lurks around every corner and we tend
0 4/06
2010
Staff Sgt. Tony Rivera and Senior Airmen Jason Bauer and Darryll Morley, provide aircraft security for a C-130 Hercules aircraft. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Lance Cheung. This poster is 9x14 inches @ 300 ppi and was created by Virginia Reyes of the Air Force News Agency. This image is 10x6.5 @ 300 ppi and is available up to 14x9 @ 300 ppi. Poster is also available as a PDF A sense of history
In 1994 I was deployed to southern France supporting Operation Deny Flight. During the 50th anniversary of the D-day invasion of Normandy, which began the liberation of France and the defeat of Nazi Germany. This was the only time I've ever sent back for my service dress uniform during a deployment. I was asked to represent the U.S. Air Force
0 3/26
2010
Core Values Poster, 8.25x11 inches, 300 ppi.  This poster was created by the Air Force News Agency. The image for this poster is available up to 18x24 inches at 300 ppi and can be provided in any format required for reproduction or duplication upon request. Air force Link does not provide printed posters but assistance can be provided in acquiring posters through your servicing DAPS.  A PDF version for printing on office printers is also available.  Requests can be made to afgraphics@dma.mil. Please specify the title and number. What service before self really means
Recent events have given me the opprtunity to reflect on Air Force core values -- integrity, service before self and excellence in all we do. The one I hold above all others is service before self. This simple little three word phrase, in my opinion, is the bedrock of our nation's armed forces and the invisible fabric that binds us together to
0 3/23
2010
Lt. Col. Pat McAtee shakes the hand of 192nd Fighter Wing Commander Col. Mark A. McCauley upon his return from deployment to Kadena Air Base, Japan (Staff Sgt. Meaghan McNeil). Will it be gold or platinum?
Remember when you were 10 and you got into arguments with your friends or siblings? Loud arguments, occasionally accompanied by pushing or shoving just for good measure. Your mother would look at you with those disappointed eyes and say, "Remember the golden rule. Treat people the way you want to be treated." How do I know your mom so well? Because
0 3/12
2010
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb., -- Honor guard members from Offutt and numerous installations cock their rifles during a simulated 21-gun salute during an Air Force Honor Guard training session at the Martin Bomber Building here Oct. 21. The Air Force Honor Guard visited Offutt to evaluate and help sharpen the skills of Offutt's Honor Guard members, as well as honor guard members from numerous installations.
U.S. Air Force Photo by Charles Haymond Discipline in daily life
In recent weeks, I've had to confront the issue of discipline, many times under very different circumstances. Perhaps it was coincidence, or uncanny timing, that the 55th Wing's latest "Shanagram" addressed the same topic. Discipline is certainly a topic worth reflection ... it's a trait that is often misunderstood, yet is paramount to our approach
0 3/04
2010
Airman's Creed Poster #6.  Version created/illustrated by Headquarters Air Force, SECAF and CSAF Executive Action Group HAF/CX. Image is 7.5x10 inches @ 300 ppi and is available up to 8.5x11 inches @ 300 ppi. This version can be obtained in PDF format for local printing. Are you an Airman?
Are you an Airman? Honestly? Seems like a pretty easy question. I wear the Air Force's uniform, I work on an Air Force Base, I get paid twice a month by the Air Force ... I must be an Airman, right? Well, maybe. However, I believe being an Airman is a bit more than what you wear, where you work and who pays you.The thought for this commentary came
0 2/26
2010
Default Air Force Logo The importance of attitude, resiliency to a career
If you want to have a successful military career I have two words for you to remember -- attitude and resiliency. I believe these two words play a major role in how we're perceived by others and how we take on life's challenges. Hopefully, the next few paragraphs demonstrate the importance of having a positive attitude and the ability to be
0 2/11
2010
Are your records up to date? Taking care of your people's records
Over the years I've seen more than a few folks who didn't make the next grade. This saddens me because I know a few of them to be very dedicated people. Some were the victims of their own success, some were a victim of their own inaction, while others just weren't taken care of by their raters. One thing we hear over and over again is "We don't
0 1/28
2010
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