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  • Questioning the sense of any supplement

    Military members often turn to dietary supplements to enhance their performance in order to meet the demands placed before them, but sometimes they do little to no research beforehand.With such focus on professional, personal and societal demands, few questions on supplements are asked of sport and wellness nutritionists; not even important, basic
  • Be safe, be smart, be sober

    As we head into the summer months, Ellsworth's Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment program wants Airmen to be mindful of responsible alcohol use. Failure to drink responsibly affects all demographics, and each of us chooses where to go in our free time, as well as whether or not we consume alcohol. Responsible drinking requires
  • Air Force Reserve more than one weekend a month

    "Weekend Warriors" is a common terminology that describes the part-time commitment of the Air Force Reserve.However, within the AFR, there are four different capacities in which a member may participate. The unit reservist, also called a traditional reservist, serves the well-known one weekend a month and two weeks a year. The other part-time
  • Defender for a day

    "Hey, listen! Hey, listen! Hey, listen!" Oh my goodness, please let this be part of my dream, I thought to myself. But alas, the sound of my alarm was very real. Silencing my alarm, I looked at the time. Four in the morning, oh boy.I dragged myself out of bed, preparing for the day ahead. But this day wasn't like a normal work day for me, a
  • Learning to lean on the chaplain corps

    "Lean on me, when you're not strong and I'll be your friend. I'll help you carry on. For it won't be long, til' I'm gonna need somebody to lean on." - Bill WithersChaplains are individuals who minister to military members, and their families of all faiths, while they are known for promoting spiritual growth and fulfilment, chaplains can also be
  • How to avoid shedding tears during holiday cheers

    It happens every year-- military members start the long trek home for the holidays.For some, it is their first time going home after being away for an extended time, for others it may be their fifteenth. But it doesn't get any easier.In my limited experience in leaving home, there are some things I have learned so I don't cry (as much) when I say
  • New year, new you? Tips for successful resolutions

    Have you ever gone into the new year certain this will be the year you change your life for the better, but after just a few weeks, you fall right back into the same habits? Well, you are not alone.According to John Norcross, a distinguished professor of clinical psychology at the University of Scranton, approximately 40 to 45 percent of Americans
  • Thinking about buying a drone over the holidays? Read this first

    Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration announced a new rule requiring the registration of all small unmanned aircraft systems which will go into effect Dec. 21. These systems are also commonly known as "UAS" or "drones."The regulation will apply to an increasing number of Americans, as the
  • DUIs - what you need to know

    As you get ready to celebrate this holiday season, remember to plan for every situation.  Have a safe way to get home and then plan on having a backup in case the first plan fails. Don't endanger yourself and others--or your career--because you didn't plan ahead or spend a few bucks on a safe ride home at the end of the night.  Failure to plan can
  • Bullying: how I chose to build on it

    Growing up, I've seen many people bullied for all kinds of things, ranging from gender and race to just having different opinions and interests.According to nobullying.com, an online bullying resource, in 2014 approximately 44 percent of individuals had been bullied in one way or another by the time they were in middle school. I was not any