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  • Successful PCS secrets

    Permanent change of station season is almost upon us, and with it being a busy time in a military family's life, it is good to start preparing ahead of time.The secrets to a successful PCS are preparing early and personally taking control of your household goods movement. The best place to start is at your own computer and by going to the Defense
  • Making the right decision

    Each and every day, Airmen are required to make decisions. Making the right decision requires that you think before you act. Consequences of the decisions we make on a daily basis can have a negative or positive impact on our life and career. As members of the Air Force, we are expected to live by our core values: integrity first, service before
  • Good order and discipline: a commander's responsibility, every Airman's duty

    According to George Washington, "Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak; and esteem to all." Our commanders are charged with the duty to maintain good order and discipline within their respective units, and it is my job to ensure it is maintained across the wing. Commanders have a large
  • Developing good dental habits early on critical to strong health

    February has long since been known as National Children's Dental Health Month - a time when dental professionals focus on raising awareness about the importance of good oral health.Developing good habits at an early age can lead to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. A great starting point is to have kids brush for two minutes, twice daily.In
  • Civil Rights in America

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act - an act passed in 1964, which alongside title VII, prohibits the discrimination of an individual based on their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability and genes. The CRA was designed to end racial segregation in public places. Congress established Black History
  • A true revolutionary - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Jan. 20 is Dr. Martin Luther King's day of service - a day when many of us will honor his memory and vision for our society. King had a vision known as "The Beloved Community." This term was originally used by Josiah Royce, an idealist philosopher, but was later adopted by King to describe his philosophy about how people of the world could come
  • Not your basic Christmas

    The Christmas holidays are often seen as a peaceful and joyful time spent with loved ones; however these words are not commonly used when describing Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.It was Christmas morning in dormitory A-5 at the 322nd Training Squadron, and I woke up expecting another morning of fast-paced, non-stop
  • Ethics – live by them on, off duty

    We in the military are fortunate. We're fortunate to have jobs, health care, a variety of support networks at our disposal on base, and to serve in the greatest Air Force in the greatest nation on the globe. During the holiday season, we reflect on our good fortune and look for ways to give back to the community or charitable causes. Although this
  • Understanding the rules related to political activities

    As servicemembers likely have noticed, political advertisements are airing on TV, radio and the occasional billboard along the interstate. "Vote for Me" and "Don't Vote for My Opponent" seem to be the standard messages. Whether for a political candidate or cause, sometimes, these advertisements target servicemembers. Even the Air Force Times has
  • Serving our nation with pride, honor

    The national observance of Hispanic heritage began in 1968 when President Lyndon B. Johnson designated one week in September as Hispanic Heritage Week. Hispanic Heritage Week was later expanded by President Ronald Reagan to Hispanic Heritage Month in 1988 - covering a 30-day period beginning Sept. 15 and ending Oct. 15.The purpose of this special