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  • Gone but not forgotten

    As a child, I remember being regaled by stories from my dad about how he joined the Army at the age of 17 because he wanted to go to Vietnam. This is the same kid who hitchhiked his way to Woodstock when he was 14. I always found it bespoke his character that while there were those dodging the draft, painting their toe nails pink and running away
  • How I learned to live

    I thought I was ready for war.I had gone through Army combat skills training at Ft. Lewis, Wash. I had squared away all my financial and legal documents. I even found a new confidence and a love for the military.My brother, Army Sgt. Ian Ralston, a combat medic, and I spoke on the phone while I was at Baltimore International Airport, just hours
  • Chaplain offers Airmen advice on stress

    EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISEWelcome to deployment! A whole new world, with new sights, new sounds, new smells and new stresses. Stress is a part of life for all of us. Stress motivates us, excites us and fuels us. It can also bring you down. Here are some tips for handling the stress. First of all, find a way to benefit from stress. In the
  • What do you mean I can’t get a CCAF degree?

    It was Fall of 2009, I had just sworn into the delayed enlistment program and received my enrollment certificate for the Community College of the Air Force.I looked at it as I suspect most future Airmen do - with the "well, this is nice" attitude.I went through basic military training and technical school without giving my CCAF degree so much as a
  • Future War

    I remember as a child, waking up early Saturday mornings and groggily walking out to the sun room of my parents' house. My father would be sitting in a Polynesian-style chair, drinking his morning cup of coffee.We used to talk, my father and I, about everything under the sun. Mostly, he would do the talking while I fought to keep my ever-waning
  • Slow down, save a life

    Recently, many Airmen and civilians have had their driving privileges suspended due to speeding in housing areas. Others have made complaints about "speeders" in housing. In an effort to help the public understand and publicize Security Forces' concern on Ellsworth, here are some basic facts which may help.A traffic violation or offense is broadly
  • Physical Fitness: it’s important to you AND me

    It seems just like yesterday it was 1995 and I was a young Airman arriving at my first permanent duty station. I had graduated basic military training and a rigorous Security Forces technical school - back then it was called Security Police-Long. After completing all of this training, I felt I was physically and mentally prepared to serve my
  • Beating prostate cancer

    Besides skin cancer, prostate is the most common form of cancer in men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In 2009, the National Cancer Institute estimated that nearly 200,000 men were newly diagnosed - which is more than 500 men every day.This Father's Day show the men in your life how much they mean to you. Encourage them
  • Leadership development

    Managers are people who do things right, while leaders are people who do the right thing. - Warren Bennis, Ph.D. "On Becoming a Leader"It's easy to define the qualities or skills of good leadership, but actually practicing good leadership is not quite as simple. It takes awareness of not only what qualities and skills we want, but also of which
  • From the trenches

    First of all, thanks for all the work you (our Airmen) have invested over the last two months to raise our combat capability. We've talked extensively about how important it is to stay proficient in a wide array of combat skill sets, even beyond what we're already using effectively overseas today. You've taken great strides this week towards
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