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  • When life has you down

    Stress comes in many shapes and sizes. Perhaps your struggle is with your friends. They may put pressure on you to do things you don't want to do. Perhaps your struggle is at work. You don't feel like you can keep up and when you try, no one even notices. Perhaps your struggle is with family. It is just not going the way you dreamed it would.
  • Hands -- a gateway to germs

    Germs can make life a heck of a lot tougher. Germs are simply undesired bacteria, viruses, protozoans and parasites. They're unavoidable in everyday life. In fact, our immune system needs to be kept on its toes by fighting small battles with germs to keep in good fitness. Some experts believe too sterile of an environment is a bad thing, possibly
  • Seat belts saved my children, my life

    On April 22 at about 5:10 p.m. I experienced every parent's nightmare -- a major motor vehicle accident with my children in the car. I was on my way to drop off our 8- and 6-year-old children with my husband before reporting to work when a car ran a red light and slammed head on into my vehicle. I was driving northbound on one of the local roads
  • Don't brain dump before the ORI

    Finally it's here. All the preparation, planning, sweat, tears and putting up with the annoyance of being locked in a building for four hours trying to figure out how to put plastic on the ceiling vents. The Operational Readiness Inspection. The Evil Empire. It's finally here. Does this mean I can relax? No! It means it's time to shine. It means
  • A day in the life of a first sergeant

    How can dealing with hundreds of people's issues and concerns be the best job in the Air Force?A day in the life of a first sergeant is a hectic one filled with juggling priorities. Our highest priority is taking care of people. That's what we do and why our job exists. Our mission in life is to provide the unit commander with a mission-ready
  • Are You Ready?

    We serve in an aerospace expeditionary force and we are often called on short-notice to deploy in our nation's defense. Our ability to rapidly deploy is dependent on our readiness status. There are three key ingredients required for a successful deployment: training, physical fitness and supervisory involvement. These key ingredients are the
  • 2007 - year in reflection

    We are two months into the new year and let me proclaim, "excellence!" That's the most appropriate word I can think of to describe what you've accomplished for your nation this past year and what I expect from you in the future. Your phenomenal service is evident through so many examples. In the 2nd Space Warning Squadron, the 55-member team
  • The Art of Discipline

    When Airmen think of discipline, the first thing that pops into their minds is a letter of counseling, admonishment or reprimand. This is very true, but discipline also stands for knowing what to do and doing it without thinking twice about it. It's a habit, per se. Starting from the time Airmen enter the military, they begin the discipline
  • Command chief says stay vigilant

    I was going to write an amusing, but pointed, message about saluting vehicles marked by appropriate rank symbols. But the story I'll mention is not that hilarious when you critically think about it. I'm hosting a three-star general officer at one of my previous bases and I hear the jingle on my cell phone. It's him -- his mess dress undershirt was
  • Joint force capabilities, why they're important

    Why the need for a joint force? According to our National Security Strategy, the United States requires forces of sufficient size, depth and combat power to defend the homeland; maintain effective overseas presence; conduct a wide range of concurrent engagement activities and smaller-scale contingencies, including peace operations; and conduct