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Default Air Force Logo From brat to boots
I am a brat.Well, more like an Army brat but I am brat just the same. This means I am a proud child of an Army veteran, my dad.Since 1986, April has been designated as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the contributions and sacrifices children make for their military parents.Some of my earliest memories involve hearing Soldiers call
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2017
Service members gather at the beginning of a Bataan Death March memorial ruck March 4, 2016, at White Sands Missile Range, White Sands, N.M. Each year, men and women pay their respects to those who lost their lives during the tragic march in the Philippines during WWII.  (Courtesy Photo) Finding the finish line
Last year, I made the decision to ruck the Bataan Memorial Death March in White Sands, New Mexico. I signed up for the Military Heavy Division, which means rucking 26.2 miles while in uniform with a mandatory 35 pounds. I remember deciding not to train because I felt I was in shape and I thought it would just be a nice walk with a little added
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2017
George G. Shaw, center, poses for a photo with his granddaughters Jenna K. Caldwell left and Megan E. Caldwell on the back porch steps of their house, 2001, in Arcata, Calif. (Courtesy photo) From engine grease to Air Force blues
I grew up covered in engine grease. In a dimly lit garage, I watched my grandfather rebuild classic cars. Sitting on the tailgate of his Ford truck, I learned how the world worked. We discussed politics, history, current events and common sense.I heard stories about his childhood in war-torn England and the hope and despair of the people. He told
0 8/16
2016
Default Air Force Logo Helping our Air Force family
How many of us have had a mother, father, brother, sister or child call us for help in their time of need? The request may have been a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand to get them through, a monetary request or just being present. No matter how we received the request for help, we stop what we are doing and do whatever it takes to take care of
0 7/20
2016
(Courtesy graphic) My experience with Green Dot
I volunteered to teach this new program, Green Dot, without really understanding what it was all about. All I really knew was that it involved bystander intervention, in some way, shape or form.I searched online, read a few articles and saw the program was designed to stop personal violence, which includes bullying, abuse, stalking, dating
0 7/01
2016
Default Air Force Logo To be a better Airman, be a brave "lobster"
While on the internet last week, I came across two videos I think illustrate important lessons for every Airman. The first video was of a speech by Dr. Ken Robinson. Robinson, an educator and author, told this great story about his son's school Nativity. Most of us are familiar with the Nativity and the Wise Men, who brought three gifts to Joseph
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2016
(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher Thornbury) Honored to serve in Honor Guard
"Bearers, Attention."Standing motionless on the side of a cemetery road, rendering a perfect salute, waiting for the hearse to pass us and stop just paces away. The family, close behind, tries to remain together one last time before their loved member is lowered to eternal rest. Not many things compare to the intense feeling I experienced on my
0 2/04
2016
Default Air Force Logo My Oath of Enlistment
I have been asked many times throughout my career why I joined the military. I typically answer, "For fortune and glory, isn't that why everyone joined?" My response usually gets a little chuckle, which lasts long enough for me to change the subject. I change the subject because I don't believe why a person choses to serve is relevant. Each
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2016
The U.S. Air Force Women’s Indoor Soccer Team poses for a photo after finishing third at the Headquarters Air Command Indoor Soccer Tournament Nov. 5, 2015, at Royal Air Force Halton, England. Senior Airman Tara Fadenrecht, front row, fourth from right, 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, was one of 12 members selected Air Force-wide to play for the team. (Courtesy photo) Translating soccer goals to Air Force goals
It's always been a love-hate relationship between us. When we are apart, I long for the memories we made together, and, inevitably, I am drawn back in again and again, but each time I am quickly reminded of the physical and mental toll I must pay, a toll that eventually drains every part of me.  It's a cycle I can't seem to escape, but through it
0 12/16
2015
Three 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs Airmen reach out to Airman 1st Class Christopher Thornbury, front-center, Dec. 11, 2015, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Thornbury says his Air Force family has been with him for over a year and helped him through the loss of his son, Emmitt Alan Thornbury. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Colby Hardin) Finding strength, resiliency through Air Force family
I joined the military to provide for my family, but I never would have expected the challenges my family would face and how we would evolve.When I enlisted in the Air Force I joined another family without intent. This family has been with me ever since, especially during my family's darkest tragedy.FamilyAfter completing basic military training and
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2015
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