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Default Air Force Logo Behind a smile; becoming a voice of change
“People see a smile and think that everything is ok. But a smile doesn’t mean that things are ok.”
0 10/02
Default Air Force Logo A simple thank you goes a long way
In today’s instant gratification world, we are easily disgruntled if something doesn’t happen immediately. Because we are used to our cell phones and social media, we have become less and less inclined to deal with the human element of the mission.
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Maj. Jeffrey M. Bishop, chief, 131st Bomb Wing Public Affairs, poses for a “family portrait” along with more than 100 other Citizen-Airmen in his Guard Family, all members of the 131st Bomb Wing, during AT Week field training at Camp Clark near Nevada, Missouri, May 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Halley Burgess) The Measure of 'Guard Family'
"Whatever happened to our Guard Family?"It's certainly a not-uncommon question to hear in our wings or our armories. If you've been in the Guard for more than a minute, you've likely heard someone bemoan the loss of a sense of "Guard Family" that once was uber-essential to the unit.But in order to measure it - to try to see if there has in fact
0 9/06
U.S. Navy Adm. Cecil D Haney, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) commander, speaks with 2nd Lt. Shannon Miller, an intelligence officer with the 157th Air Operations Group, Missouri Air National Guard at the “Next Generation Breakfast” during the seventh annual USSTRATCOM Deterrence Symposium, La Vista, Neb., July 28, 2016. The breakfast served as an opportunity for senior leaders to mentor junior personnel within the nuclear enterprise. (DoD photo by Steve Cunningham/Released) How Whiteman Airmen fit into the global nuclear deterrence mission
For the last several years, I have come to Whiteman Air Force Base for two days every month and two weeks every summer. However, I've never felt that I am making a difference in the world.I joined the military to be a part of something bigger. I wanted to enlist Sept. 11, 2001. I spoke with an Army recruiter that very day. I wanted to go get the
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Default Air Force Logo Life lessons learned on the diamond
When I was a kid, my parents moved around a lot. I was not a military kid -- my parents were always in search of a better home closer to one job or the next. In addition, I was what was referred to as a "latchkey kid." My afternoons consisted of eating snacks, doing homework, doing the very occasional chore for my mom or dad -- and television,
0 6/22
Default Air Force Logo Strategic Air Command - 70 Years of Heritage
As part of a continuing series recognizing the 70th anniversary of Strategic Air Command, Gen. (Ret) Kevin Chilton, test pilot, NASA astronaut, and former commander of U.S. Strategic Command, addressed a gathering on May 20, 2016, at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. 
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Default Air Force Logo Find your fitness self
When you start, it's all about losing weight or finishing a race. Then, it may be about finishing in a certain time. You may want to get leaner, faster, and better. But, before you know it, it might turn into how many hours you put in compared to so and so. Maybe, they rode a hundred miles this week, why didn't you? What if you're doing it
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Default Air Force Logo Graduating From the College of the Wild Blue Yonder
I wish that I could say I joined the Air Force because of a deep sense of pride and the honor of serving my country. The truth is, at 18 years of age, I had yet to develop the capacity to understand what that even meant.  Like many others I have served with through the years, I joined the military for a variety of other reasons -- education
0 12/08
Default Air Force Logo Zero Degrees of Separation
"Six degrees from Kevin Bacon" is a longstanding cultural meme; indeed, it's so old that it pre-dates the term "meme" -- and the Internet that fosters them.  Its eternal youth can perhaps be attributed to the truthiness of the statement (if not the similar timelessness of Bacon himself), which holds that there are just six degrees of separation -
0 11/06
Default Air Force Logo Nine Military Mantras to Guide Any Work
I had two learning intentions when I joined the Air Force almost 20 years ago: to get the G.I. Bill so I could return and finish college, and to learn a skill that if that college didn't work out, I'd have a fall-back career.  Along the way, I picked up a lot of intangible learning - the so-called "soft skills" that many employers look for -- the
0 9/09
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