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  • British Billy celebrates St. Patrick's Day

    It would seem to be a generally acknowledged fact that the fine folk of Ireland know how to have a good time. The gaiety of an Irish jig is enough to set even my paws a-tapping, and the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, provides anyone of Irish descent with an opportunity to celebrate their Emerald Isle and all its extensive
  • Drawing on the strength of those before us

    When I was in Airman Leadership School, one of my assignments was about an important Air Force milestone. It could be about any person or event. After looking through a mountain of possibilities, I decided to focus my project on notable women in the military, specifically on Chief Master Sgt. Grace Peterson, the first female chief master sergeant
  • British Billy tosses some pancakes

    Pancake Day is approaching! Some know it as Mardi Gras, but to we Brits, it is known as Shrove Tuesday, or, more colloquially, Pancake Day. This year, it is March 8.The well-informed amongst you will know that Shrove Tuesday is the day before the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. As the date of Easter changes each year, so does the date of
  • Breaking the cycle of violence

    When was the last time you talked to your teenager about dating violence or what a healthy relationship is?At the beginning, 8th grader Rae Anne described her new boyfriend Marcus as "very, very sweet to (her)." He sent flowers, love notes and gave her plenty of attention. Soon Marcus began telling her how to dress, so not to attract attention from
  • British Billy celebrates St. David's Day

    I know to be considered a saint, you must possess many noble qualities, commit fearless deeds and have at least one miracle to your name. I have many attributes, but I doubt saintliness will ever be one of them. However, even without me, Britain has more than enough saints to help her along.Most of my American friends are very familiar with St.
  • Airfield driving tips

    As we all know from numerous briefings and computer-based training, safety is the U.S. Air Force's number one priority in every workplace, especially if that workplace is on the airfield.With constant aircraft activity and the presence of maintainers and pilots, safety must always be in the minds of airfield drivers."The main factors that can
  • 'Alterior' Motives: Adopting a mindset for a fitter future

    (Editor's note: This is the third of a three-part series on healthy habits.)When I was in basic training, exercise was a ritual that never seemed to change; push-ups, crunches, laps around the track; and the occasional Indian run. I can still hear the cry of "last trainee up!"Fitness is no less important once we leave basic training, but memories
  • Airman 1st Class Lydia Faux 4: saving money

    (Editor's note: All characters appearing in this work, aside from Fran Sizer, are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead is purely coincidental.)Problems are not always visible to the naked eye. With my last stories, smokers and fire safety hazards were hard to miss, yet a financially irresponsible Airman can easily go
  • Action Line: Could DOD civilians live on base?

    QUERY:I was driving through the housing area outside of the base footprint; I believe it is called either Lords Walk or Anglo Housing. I noticed many vacant houses. The base spends a lot of money maintaining these empty units because the military have the option of living off base when they arrive.Some want to live off base because they work on the
  • Valentine Billy

    Like many males, I am not romantic by nature, preferring not to wear my heart on my fur. I can appear indifferent at times, prone to rub up against anyone who'll feed me. We Brits may not always be very demonstrative, but even our famous stiff upper lips can quiver passionately as Valentine's Day quickens our hearts. The origins of St. Valentine's