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  • The effects of domestic violence on the growing child

    Who was your first love? For most of us, we think about our first attraction or our first, non-platonic relationship. I would suggest that our real first love is the bond we form with our parents or caregivers. The ability of a parent to give hope, empathy or reassurance can form a unique and everlasting connection that helps the child trust and show empathy to others. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a period set aside to raise the awareness of the effects of physical and other forms of abuse. It’s also a time to dedicate ourselves to stand up for children living in fear in these hostile environments.
  • October is Energy Action Month

    October is Energy Action Month, which makes this is the opportune time to give an update on the Fairchild Energy Program.
  • Are You Compliant Or Are You Committed?

    I was reading a great book a few years ago that had a positive impact on me: Change the Culture, Change the Game by Roger Connors and Tom Smith.
  • Inside the Honor Guard

    I realized I was witnessing an amazing process as I peered through the camera on a hazy August day, snapping picture after picture of Airmen transforming into something greater; my former distain slowly becoming a desire to partake of this special duty Honor Guard duty as well.
  • Farewell to Team Fairchild

    As I bid you farewell I reminisce on the dedication and innovation I witnessed these past two years. It was truly astounding. Thank you for the heart and soul you give your Air Force and your nation. Service to a greater good than yourself is what makes military service and support so unique in our society. I have been extremely lucky to have served with such patriots.
  • What Makes Me… Me

    Recently someone asked me what my job was. I replied with my usual, “I’m Fairchild’s Installation Resiliency Specialist, better known as the Community Support Coordinator or CSC.” Typically people say “Oh” and leave it there. This time, the person had a follow-up question. “What makes you a specialist on resiliency?” After five years of doing this job, I was not prepared for this question. I fuddled through explaining my training and talked about how much I loved my job. But that question haunted me the rest of that day and a month later I still find myself mulling over it.
  • Letter From a Survivor

    This is a detailed first-hand account about surviving sexual assault and a call-to-action for a better culture that encourages sexual-assault survivors to come forward.
  • Child Abuse Awareness Month

    During the month of April, you’ll see blue pinwheels gracing the lawns of the Fairchild Chapel and the 92nd Medical Group. Their placement, and the similar placement of millions of pinwheels around the United States, is in recognition of Child Abuse Awareness Month.
  • It’s not too late to vaccinate

    This year’s flu season has been dominated by Influenza A subtype H3N2, a particularly nasty strain that is linked to more severe illnesses, especially among adults over the age of 65 and children younger than the age of 5.
  • February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

    There are a number of websites that can refresh your memory, as parents, about the teenage experience and help you start and sustain a conversation about healthy relationships and the cautions of an unhealthy relationship. Helpful websites for both teens and parents include loveisrespect.org and thehotline.org. Local resources include the Young Women’s Christian Association Crisis Line at (509) 326-2255 or the Washington Coalition Against Domestic Violence at 1-800-562-6025. Agencies such as the Fairchild Family Advocacy Office can assist with ideas and resources to help make the presentation to your teen easier. For more information, call Family Advocacy at (509) 247-2787 for resources and ideas on how to start the discussion.
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