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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, each year over 200,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed and more than 40,000 patients will die from the disease.(U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Kristen Sauls) Breast cancer awareness: Hitting home
Do you remember the time you realized your parents weren't invincible? Can you recall how you felt? Dread, fear and shock are a few things I remember as I stared at my mother sobbing after her double mastectomy surgery, the removal of both breasts and tissue. My feet were frozen to the ground. I looked upon my mother, the strong woman who would
0 10/04
2010
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SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- Michelle Clegg and Sunny Prescott Maldonado rehearse for Shaw community theatre's production of Just Desserts, a murder mystery dessert theatre show at the community center, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 21, 2010. Shaw community theatre performs several different shows every year, with auditions and performances open to all. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Daniel Phelps (Released)) Volunteering: Involvement in theater
I believe we all have a responsibility to leave our world a little better than we found it. I do that through volunteering. Whether it's theater or not, get out there and do some something you are passionate about. Make Shaw a better place to live and work. Volunteer!Here's my story:As a young Airman, I was stationed at Hickam Air Force Base, Ha.
0 9/29
2010
Default Air Force Logo Accountability: a tale of two senior NCOs
As a superintendent, I am honored to work hand-in-hand with the commanders and first sergeant to maintain standards, morale and discipline in the group while ensuring mission success.In keeping with this, I have daily interaction with many people in all kinds of situations.With very few exceptions, I can count on the people I work with to be honest
0 9/08
2010
Default Air Force Logo Redefining responsibility
Responsible consumption of alcohol is an important message that we are constantly sending to our troops. One death is too many deaths. One accident is too many accidents. One incident is too many accidents. However, I think that we need to redefine the term "responsible".Underage drinking has been an issue for society for a while now. This is also
0 9/07
2010
Default Air Force Logo Life is precious
Two weeks ago, I began a journey leading the 4th Space Operations Squadron through a tragedy. This was not something I ever wanted to do, but there were many lessons learned for me, our squadron, and, I hope, for all of you reading this commentary. On July 19, I was informed that one of my squadron members had died and that it appeared to be a
0 8/27
2010
Default Air Force Logo Are you in the arena?
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort
0 6/18
2010
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq -- Senior Airman James Debiase, 332nd Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron emergency manager, models the current physical training uniform (left) and the modified PT uniform (right) here April 13. Airman Debiase was selected to field-test the modified PT uniform while deployed here from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and to provide feedback to leadership at the end of April. Sergeant Debiase's hometown is Glastonbury, Conn. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Tech. Sgt. Lionel Castellano)   Proper wear of the Air Force PT uniform
I have received many questions regarding the proper wear of the physical training uniform. I have also noticed and corrected many Airmen wearing the PT uniform improperly. We all have access to the updated AFI 36-2903. However, I will gladly highlight a few points:1) Short and long-sleeve tee shirts are supposed to be tucked into shorts or running
0 5/25
2010
Default Air Force Logo Enjoy the ride, but do so safely
There is nothing more enjoyable than riding a motorcycle on a warm, sunny day in South Carolina. However, motorcycling requires very different skills and knowledge than operating a car. There are also some inherent hazards of which riders need to be keenly aware. Some statistics say that motorcycle operators are roughly 35 times more likely to be
0 4/06
2010
Default Air Force Logo Life lessons are a pain
My bike was totaled; I only had it for five days. I had not even made the first payment on it or paid the first insurance premium. I had gravel in my hands, scraped arms, elbows and knees, and my ribs were very sore for a few days. All that was left of my long sleeve t-shirt was the collar around the neck. Everything else except two strips of
0 4/05
2010
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COLUMBIA, S.C. - Airman Stewart Crotts, 20th Logistic Readiness Squadron, mounts his 2008 Yamaha during break time at the motorcycle safety course at Midlands Technical College April 10, 2010. Midlands Technical College offers a motorcycle safety course to local residents and military members. The safety course is mandated by the Air Force, and teaches all riders the basic skills needed for safe motorcycle operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amber E. N. Jacobs) Motorcycle safety starts with you
As the temperature begins to change and becomes more tolerable, more motorcycle riders are going to be occupying the road.As military members, we are held to higher standards of compliance while riding motorcycles and in our everyday lives. To meet these standards, we will need to adhere to training requirements and personal protective equipment
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2010
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