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  • Do you 'really' know who you are talking to?

    When you're young, you don't think much about online safety. At 19, I didn't have a care in the world; I just wanted to meet new people. Little did I know my care-free attitude online would change my life forever.In January 2013, I made an account on a social media site my friends recommended. At first I just wanted to see what it was about, then
  • See, say, do

    "Head's up!" "Keep your head on a swivel." "Have good situational awareness." "Be aware of your surroundings."Do any of these admonitions sound familiar? If you've played sports, been in the military or attended personal security classes, one or all of them probably do. So, why bring them up now?The reality is that there's not any specific reason
  • The beauty of unity

    What do cheeseburgers, musical groups, sports teams and the United States of America have in common?If you said "the letter 's,' you're right, but that's not the answer I'm looking for. The real answer is that one factor ties all of them together - unity.How many of you want to eat a plain hamburger patty, listen to an hour-long bass guitar solo or
  • A cyber security vignette: The unwitting victim

    You are concluding a busy day at work and you receive an auto-email reminder that your ancillary training is due. After a few minutes of negotiating the training module, you are congratulated on the completion of your annual Information Assurance training. What this means to most is that you are able to log back on to your government computer and
  • I love inflation!

    I'm a ball. Yeah, you heard me right. I didn't say I'm having a ball. I'm a sports ball -- the "basket" kind to be more specific.We sports balls have it pretty rough. My cousins and I may have different functions, but we all, without exception, have to put up with an awful lot of abuse -- and I won't say from whom (cough, humans, cough, cough). How
  • AFOSI: Fraud, waste, abuse investigations a core responsibility

    The Air Force Office of Special Investigations needs your help identifying and reporting fraudulent activities at Fairchild AFB. Besides our general crimes and counterintelligence missions, a significant amount of resources are assigned to fraud investigations. In the past five years, AFOSI has recovered more than $230 million defrauded from the
  • ABCs of Mental Resilience

    As I sat there holding the letter, a whirlwind of emotions flew through me. I felt angry, hurt, bewildered, confused, annoyed, and a myriad of other feelings I couldn't even describe.I could not wrap my thoughts around the idea that in 2014, we still have people who hold so strongly to their personal values and beliefs that they would be intolerant
  • We are Fame's Favored Few: "Higher, Stronger, Faster"

    As I reflect on my time in command of the mighty 92nd Air Refueling Wing, I could not be prouder of you rising to the occasion each and every time over the past two years. What makes me most proud as your commander was you answered your nation's call and in the process, despite challenges that were as numerous as any time dating back to 1994, you
  • What “Gay Pride” means to me

    When we think of pride, what are we talking about? As children we are taught that if we always do the right thing, we will be praised for our actions. Eventually, this emotion turns into pride. Pride is something that we as a society feel about our inner self. I remember in my youth, I was always praised to the highest standards for anything that I
  • Let Freedom Ring

    Today, on our nation's 238th birthday, we need to stand taller than ever and be proud of our nation as a symbol of freedom; even as we see threats to freedom globally mount daily. "Let Freedom Ring" needs to echo across the globe as a calling for those who believe that our best days are ahead of us. We are a bold nation who put a man on the moon