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  • Transitioning teams: marching band to Air Force

    Prior to joining the Air Force, I attended high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. One thing I looked forward to everyday was attending marching band practice.Our band, known as the Renegade Regiment, was not only a way to connect and socialize with other people; it provided a fun way to learn an essential life skill - teamwork.To ensure a successful
  • Conversations come and go, internet posts stay forever

    With the rise of social media, smart phones, and the Internet as a whole, the World Wide Web has become a large and mysterious place.From Internet insurgents and keyboard warriors to trolls and cyber bullies, everyone has either been a victim or a culprit of saying something they should not have on the Internet.This diverse platform has made it
  • My dear friend, don’t drive dangerously

    Attending the recent Street Smart demonstration and seeing vivid images of real car accident victims reminded me of my friend, Megan.It was during my sophomore year in high school that she lost her life in a tragic car crash. She was only 17 years old and had so much to live for.She was a member of our school's Air Force Junior Reserve Officer
  • Growing up, caring for my mother

    Being an only child raised in a single-parent household comes with its own unique set of challenges. And it becomes even more difficult when that parent is sick or disabled.As sick as she was, there were days my mother couldn't even get out of bed to do the simplest things. I learned at a very young age how to take care of not only myself, but my
  • Advancing through adversity

    Every Airman experiences misfortune or setbacks in life; while some of them are things we can control, others we must face head on.Last December, I endured a series of setbacks during technical training -- I hit my head while playing basketball. And the experience threatened everything I had worked so hard for up to that point.It all happened so
  • PCSing, what you need to know

    Moving from one location to the next can be difficult, especially with how frequently servicemembers complete a permanent change of station. PCSing can be a daunting task. If you're facing your first PCS, you could be in for a little stress, several phone calls to make sure everything is taken care of, and maybe even a few mental breakdowns - or at
  • Supplements: What you need to know

    The use of supplements often comes with the promise of providing health benefits, but these can also bring additional side effects.  It is important Airmen know the risks of supplements before taking them.It can be difficult to know what is safe to use when it comes to supplements. Steven Burns, 28th Bomb Wing Drug Testing Program administrative
  • Becoming stronger through failure

    Failing the Air Force physical training test: my greatest fear since joining the military.It is embarrassing to admit that recently that fear came to fruition, but what I have learned through that failure has become one of my greatest strengths.According to Merriam-Webster, failing is defined as, n. a weakness or problem in a person's character,
  • Emergency Air Force aid – blessing in disguise

    During the month of February, plans to have a little fun on a warm Sunday afternoon came to a screeching halt when the front left wheel of my husband's truck started to come loose.Had we continued driving that day, our trip may have ended in disaster. By the time we got it to the repair shop three days later, the wheel had nearly fallen off.That
  • Relocating? You have options

    Individuals relocating during a permanent change of station, separation or retirement have three options available to them once they receive orders.Those options are a household goods move, a personally procured move, or a non-temporary storage. Airmen may elect one or any combination of the three for their move.What is a HHG move?An HHG is when a