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Default Air Force Logo Pardon our mess
Construction projects worth more than $80 million are currently underway at Offutt. This much of construction activity causes a lot of mess. We ask that you bear with us as we repair base roads, renovate facilities, build new facilities and demolish others. Our in-house crews are actively repairing pavement across the base. Pot hole filling, crack
0 8/14
2009
Default Air Force Logo Discipline on, off duty: key to successful career, happier life
Shortly after coming on active duty, I attended a commander's call in which one of the guest speakers was a legal officer. I still remember the opening line of his briefing. He said, "The four things that get Airmen in trouble more than any other are: checks, sex, drugs, alcohol and failure to go." I've never forgotten that statement and have
0 8/07
2009
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- Maj. Gen. R. Mike Worden, Vice Commander, Air Combat Command, is presented with the U.S. flag by a member of the Langley Honor Guard during his retirement ceremony July 31. Maj. Gen. Worden retired after 33 years of dedicated service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Rebecca Montez) After 33 years of service, ACC vice commander bids farewell
Teammates, it has been a sincere privilege to have served with you on this, my last and culminating chapter of service. I have learned so much from all of you, and have taken great pride in how selflessly and tirelessly you all have worked as a team in some challenging times to support our boss, our Airmen and our Air Force. I know we have faced
0 8/03
2009
Default Air Force Logo ORI prep made easy
Nervous about the upcoming Air Combat Command Operational Readiness Inspection? Sure, this event is an important measuring stick of our wing's mission readiness. Yes, ORIs don't come around too often, so our related knowledge and skill sets often atrophy and require some intense training and practice. A little nervousness is to be expected,
0 7/31
2009
Default Air Force Logo You Send Them...We Mend Them
You've often heard the medics holler this cheer at awards ceremonies and promotions ... but for many, it's much more than just a chant. As a recently deployed medic to Iraq, I witnessed events which gave me a more profound understanding and appreciation of Air Force health care. As force multipliers, medics do a phenomenal job of providing
0 7/31
2009
Default Air Force Logo Rabies in Nebraska
Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system transmitted from infected animals to people and other animals through a bite or a saliva-infected scratch. Unless preventive treatment is promptly given, rabies is almost always fatal. Many warm-blooded mammals can harbor the rabies virus. Reptiles and birds are not known to carry
0 7/17
2009
Default Air Force Logo Airmen Messengers
Imagine this: you've just seen the turn of a new year in the history of a relatively young nation. You are a member of its military. The branch you serve operates in air, space and cyberspace arenas using some of the most advanced and influential technologies the world has ever seen. You make up that all-volunteer force, which is an elite 0.2
0 7/13
2009
Default Air Force Logo The Key to Success: Supervisor Involvement
An often-used phrase in our Air Force -- something we use at commander's calls and see in print from senior leaders all the time -- is "our people are our most valuable resource." As I conclude my command of the 390th Intelligence Squadron at Kadena and reflect on the past two years, I can confirm this to be the case. What made my assignment more
0 7/02
2009
Default Air Force Logo The Importance of Formal Feedback
As your 55th Wing Inspector General, I feel if Airmen do their job right, their actions should reduce the number of complaints destined for the IG. The IG office would rather spend time educating the base population and leadership on their rights and responsibilities under the IG system than addressing issues that could have been easily prevented
0 7/02
2009
Default Air Force Logo Stronger backs protect the body
The American College of Sports Medicine currently estimates that four out of every five Americans will, at some point in their life, experience lower back pain. The four most common reasons for this are traumatic injuries, medical conditions, strains and sprains. No one can predict an injury, but the easiest way to avoid injury to the back's
0 6/25
2009
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