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  • Deployment stress affects families, units

    When I deployed for a year to Baghdad in 2004-2005, the biggest challenge for me was the separation from my family. I wasn't there to help my children with their homework. I couldn't go running with my wife. I wasn't around to cook dinner or to celebrate Christmas and birthdays. I could only be a surrogate parent, husband, and friend through
  • Knowing how to cope with change

    Change...the only other constant in our world aside from death and taxes right? I'm sure most of you would agree there's been a lot of change around our Air Force lately. I went through a major life change about 21 months ago, retirement. I never really realized how lucky I was having a uniform to wear until I had to buy civilian clothes and figure
  • 101 Critical Days of Summer: Not done yet

    The tell tale signs of autumn's approach are everywhere. While the morning chill is the most obvious, other subtle signs include the school supplies-stocked base exchange and color-streaked leaves on trees and yards. Although the leaves will soon change completely and scatter along our streets and gardens, fall isn't here yet - and the 101 Critical
  • No matter the job, do it correctly

    During Basic Military Training, I was given the additional duty  of cleaning up what seemed like endless pigeon droppings. Although there weren't really any "good" details at basic, pigeon duty was considered one of the worst. Although, I didn't enjoy performing this task, it taught me one of the most valuable lessons in my life: no matter what the
  • Proper gear, preparation key to safe summer activities

    Ever parachuted out of an airplane at 10,000 feet? Gone scuba diving along Britain's southern cost? Enjoyed para-gliding or hang-gliding around one of Europe's many mountain ranges? Summertime offers many chances to take advantage of hobbies considered "high risk" by the Air Force. As we enter our last month in the Air Force's 101 Critical Days of
  • Pride and professionalism personified

    Long ago, in a land far, far away, I was given a very valuable lesson about pride and professionalism. I was a brand new second lieutenant and my teacher was a staff sergeant. For the life of me, I can’t remember this fine young warrior’s name, but his actions and attitude about the mission left an indelible impression on me, and I have tried