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  • Political Activities – Do’s and Don’ts

    As servicemembers have likely noticed, political advertisements are running 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. Oftentimes, the advertisement tries to recruit servicemembers to help them get votes. As shown on a recent cover, even the Air
  • Balancing your personal and professional lives

    There's no doubt that servicemembers face their own unique set of trials. Airmen face significant challenges in integrating their career, spouse, children, friends and self into their daily routine. Although there's no sure-fire way of maintaining a balanced lifestyle, there are a variety of strategies that Airmen can employ or use to effectively
  • Getting your kids to school - the new reality

    It's the topic everyone's talking about; the loss of the base bus contract for Prairie View and Rushmore Heights housing. Here are the facts - for both legal and financial reasons, the base can no longer provide busing. Douglas School District policy states they only provide busing to families living more than 2.5 miles away from school (the state
  • Celebrating women’s right to vote

    Aug. 26, 2012, is the 92nd anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment being signed into law, giving women the right to vote on the same basis as men. The women's suffrage amendment was introduced for the first time to the United States Congress on Jan. 10, 1878. It was re-submitted numerous times until finally, in June 1919, the amendment received
  • World Class Airmen & Expeditionary Combat Power

    When I am asked about the 28th Bomb Wing, whether in the media or in casual conversation, by another military member or even a civilian, two things immediately come to mind - "World Class Airmen, and Expeditionary Combat Power." This simple phrase captures the essence of what Ellsworth and its Airmen are about - it is the mission of the 28th Bomb
  • Dealing with a silent killer

    According to the American Stroke Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, one in every three adults in the U.S. is suffering from high blood pressure, a major risk factor for a stroke.Strokes are the third leading cause of deaths in the U.S. The relationship between a stroke and high blood pressure is well documented.
  • Women's History Month

    The Department of Defense recognizes March as Women's History Month. This year's theme focuses on Women's Education - Women's Empowerment. Education for women has not always been the norm in society.Education for women was common in the 1700s; women learned how to do household chores and were taught the alphabet and numbers. As American society
  • March is American Red Cross month

    Founded by Clara Barton in 1881, the American Red Cross has been providing relief and aid to victims of crisis and natural disasters all around the world. In an effort to honor this organization, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared the month of March as Red Cross month in 1943.With more than 600 locally supported chapters across the nation,
  • Motorcycle safety not just for summer months

    In the past two weeks the Air Force has lost two riders to motorcycle mishaps. Since the start of this fiscal year, the AF has suffered the loss of three riders. Additionally, one rider will have to live with a permanent partial disability. With one exception all where single vehicle mishaps in which the operators lost control of their
  • Why Walking Can Help Your Heart

    Walking on a regular basis can reduce our chance of dealing with heart related problems by about 30 percent, according to Harvard Health Publications.Those results came from the analysis of 18 studies between 1970 and 2007. Study participants who walked 5.5 miles each week improved cardiovascular health. And the more they walked, the greater the