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  • KIT: Keep in Touch

    During a visit with my family in December, we found ourselves discussing the whereabouts and statuses of high school friends - who was married, had children, was pregnant or had moved to another part of the country. Eventually, the yearbooks came out and as we flipped through the book filled with memories of the not-so-long-ago, I read a few of the
  • No need to judge

    "Don't judge a book by its cover." This is an old axiom that has stood the test of time. But what does this mean? Does anyone read books anymore, or even look at the covers? Covers on books often carry an inviting representation of the contents inside, revealing the truth of another axiom: "a picture is worth a thousand words." We are enticed to
  • When the going gets tough

    Many have heard the popular saying, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." But, in actuality, how many people have actually seen this verse put to action by those around them? We may not always realize it, but every day Airmen make the decision to continue on their journey to provide mission-essential services. There are times when we
  • Taking the point

    Have you heard the honking? I don't mean the painful and sometimes alarming rasp of a car horn, but rather the distinctive honk of geese flying overhead. My home state of South Dakota is a natural flyway for thousands upon thousands of geese flying south for the winter - Snow, Blues and Canadian honkers. I remember driving out to a nearby lake to
  • The essentials: Personal integrity

    I am my own responsibility. That's a simple statement. Is it true for you? I've been considering the comments made in a recent discussion during the chaplain's regular Public Affairs visit regarding the conflict between the wingman concept and personal integrity. Both are necessary, I decided, but where would one be without the other? One should
  • A Reason, a Season, a Lifetime

    "A good friend is a connection to life - a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world." These words, penned by Lois Wyse, remind us how important friendship is to the journey of life. In life we experience many and varied relationships; people come into our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When
  • Give Blood: Save a Life

    We consider December to be the season of giving. We find ourselves being more generous with our time, our resources, ourselves. But once we ring in the New Year we begin to fall back into our routines, and it becomes all too easy to forget that there are still those in need. Let us take time this month to extend the season of giving by giving that
  • The essentials: Your chain of command and other resources

    You have a question and getting the answer is imperative. Who do you ask or how do you find the answer? One of the most important aspects of military life is learning the answer to this question. An Airman's chain of command can be one of the most helpful resources during his or her career. I haven't served in the Air Force for a long period of
  • The essentials: A good Wingman

    Bringing in a new year can be full of surprises. You never know exactly how your year will turn out, but you hope for the best and keep trudging along down the road of life awaiting the next adventure, challenge or miracle to make its way onto your path. Don't be afraid to go the extra mile and challenge yourself and others to have a productive,
  • Airmen against Drunk Driving: Making a Good Program Better

    You've heard it countless times from supervisors, commanders and peers, "If you plan to drink, have a plan to get home safely. If your plan falls through, call Airmen against Drunk Driving." Sounds simple, but there's a lot that goes into making sure that can happen. AADD has been available everyday from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. What you may not know is