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  • A day of service honors us all

    "What are you doing for others?"Martin Luther King Jr. posed this as "life's most persistent and urgent question." In honor of the slain civil rights leader and his commitment to community service, Jan. 19 will be "a day on, not a day off." This phrase was coined in 1994, when Congress designated the federal holiday as a national day of service to
  • It’s 1700 somewhere

    Its side effects can range from confusion to induced sprinting for cover, to feelings of pride. It has the power to stop people in their tracks and causes self-induced paralysis for nearly two minutes at a time.Reveille and Retreat ceremonies occur on most military installations across the U.S. at the beginning and the end of the duty day,
  • A greater impact

    - If you've been in the Air Force for at least a month, you've probably heard someone say Airmen should get out and volunteer, and that's great advice. However, what usually follows that statement causes some concern for me and other Airmen.It's not something we want to admit because it doesn't sound good, but most supervisors have probably
  • Let's stop talking about diversity, start talking about readiness

    The good news is that we're making great progress as we seek to make our Air Force a more diverse and capable force.  The bad news is that too many Airmen are tired of talking about it, and too many Airmen are coming to work every day feeling that their career prospects are limited by the color of their skin, sexual orientation, or gender.Our
  • 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
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