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  • 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.
  • Drugs will ruin your career

    It’s a Friday night, the base exercise is over, and you go to a party with your friends and co-workers in Airway Heights. Sometime in the night one of your friends comes up and asks you to smoke some marijuana. They tell you it is legal in Washington State, so you cave to peer pressure and take a few hits. Fast forward to Monday morning and you are selected for a random urinalysis and you test positive. You thought it was ok. Now your career is in jeopardy.
  • Take action: Change the cycle of violence

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For some, the month will pass with little consideration to the issue of family violence and the impact it has on all of us.
  • Summer Safety: Mosquito-borne diseases

    With summer in full swing in the Inland Northwest, more people are heading out to explore and enjoying the great outdoors. These warmer months and longer days not only bring fun in the sun, but set up a great environment for the breeding of nasty pests such as mosquitoes.
  • U.S. Air Force Eagle Eyes Program

    In today’s world climate, the threat of spontaneous attacks is at an all-time high. Terror organizations like ISIL, Al-Qa’ida, PKK, and even lone wolf parties such as Timothy McVeigh or Dylan Roof have been carrying out attacks all over the world at an alarming pace. Some attacks are in the name of religion, race or political biases. When watching a story on the news about an attack hundreds of miles away, it’s easy to forget that these events can happen anywhere, even federal military installations. In fact, our very own home here at Fairchild Air Force Base was victim to an active shooter in 1994.
  • Qualities of a Leader

    Airmen often ask me what qualities make a good leader. There have been thousands of books and articles dating back to antiquity regarding these types of questions. I can’t add to this impressive list but I can share some insights from my career. There are four characteristics of a person’s character that quickly identify them as a leader. These are in no particular order, but all four have proven to be critical to being a good leader. Quality Leaders must be an example to others, a problem solver, a servant, and a mentor.
  • Your pets during PCS season

    Permanent change of station season is rapidly approaching! Many overseas locations have very specific requirements for importing and exporting pets.
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