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  • Reflecting on the Open Skies mission

    With the sunset of the OC-135, I thought it was time to reflect on a great program.
  • COVID 19: An Opportunity in Disguise?

    Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, "When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." Also, when it’s dark, sometimes good things happen. Almost overnight COVID-19 hit us and we are now in a challenging place. However, at the 52nd Network Warfare Squadron, we are used to trials and view this crisis as an opportunity.
  • Celebrating Black History on Offutt AFB

    Team Offutt will join bases around the world throughout February to celebrate diversity and pride during Black History Month.Multiple organizations across the base have scheduled events as part of the celebration. On Feb. 15, there will be a food sampling at the Commissary from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. On Feb. 23, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., the Patriot Club is
  • Nebraska Attorney Licensing Initiative

    Military families are an integral part of every community. Despite being uprooted every few years, they connect to their communities and make great neighbors. But military spouses often struggle to find work to support their families, and those with jobs requiring state-specific licensing have it that much worse. Attorneys are included, as attorney
  • My struggle to stay alive - Sharing my story for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

    Nothing can prepare a person to deal with the never-ending attraction to suicide when faced with a lifetime of unending pain. After the realization that my life had been forever altered and the road ahead was filled with pain and medication, a darkness entered my life that was as real as any other illness I had faced. Chronic pain and the
  • Reflecting on the military’s shift to more inclusive ranks

    I was sitting on the third floor of Building C on my very first day in the Air Force. Master Sgt. Alden Harriman pulled out one of the many pieces of paperwork we were going through and placed it on the desk in front of me. He then went over it, defining what same-sex sexual contact was. He noted that although no one in my chain of command would
  • When you decide to hit rock bottom, humiliation is part of the deal

    A commentary by an Airman who is being separated after 15 years of service for DUI.
  • February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

    Dating, that word will make any parent cringe, especially when it is being used in the context of their own child.  In the past dating was just that you dated possibly multiple persons until you decided to “go steady” it was a very deliberate act to commit to a relationship even at that age. As a father with four boys, wasting time texting, or
  • Imagine an Air Force free of Domestic Violence

    Domestic violence is a serious issue that affects many families in our Air Force community. The month of October is recognized as national Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Team Offutt is having events to bring attention to this problem. The “Silent Witness Display” will be at the 55th Medical Group pharmacy Oct. 3 – 14 and at the Offutt Field
  • Good night, mom

    At the time, I did not realize how important it was to have a support system. I also didn’t understand the concept that family didn’t have to be related and could be anyone who cared enough to make sure you were OK.
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