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  • Who's going to save America's Airmen?

    You see it, day-in day-out, without fail. Staring back at you are the eyes of our Airmen, brimming with exhaustion, frustration and anxiety. What trade or skills they bring to the fight doesn't matter; the strain is felt by all.Often, the day-to-day woe is not what's reflected in their eyes. It's what they can't see that plagues them: the unknown
  • Airman Up!

    So what's this "Airman Up!" thing all about? Well folks, it's probably easier to tell you what it's not than what it is because it is intended to mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but I'll give it a try. In short, Airman Up! is a campaign focused on empowering Airmen, with the help of their supervisors, to take
  • Electronic prescribing now available at Shaw

    Have you ever been prescribed a medication and then looked at the handwritten prescription from the provider or nurse and thought, "I have no idea what this says?"Sometimes, even our nationally certified technicians and pharmacists have difficulty deciphering them. So what's the next best thing now at the 20th Medical Group Pharmacy? Electronic
  • Celebrating religious diversity at Shaw AFB

    You are different than me, but I don't find that upsetting. Matter of fact, one of the many benefits of military life is meeting people who don't share the same political perspective, world-view, or even religious belief as I do.Our military realizes that diversity increases value. A keystone to diversity must be respect. The Constitution of the
  • Blowing away the ashes

    Everyone always wonders how it starts. When does a habit become an addiction? What created the problem? What makes someone a smoker?The reasons for each individual may be different. The events that lead me to become a smoker are different, but I never thought it would be a long term problem.A problem that I hope I can make the effort to change Nov.
  • Carrying the flag

    Imagine more than 73,000 people cheering at the top of their lungs, clapping and whistling as five blocks of red, white, and blue are stretched across a pristine field by men and women dressed in their best.Then silence as the Parris Island Marine Band, assigned aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, plays The Star
  • Play, resiliency, NERF

    Walk through the doors to the 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office and you'll be greeted by displays of pride-in-work and creativity. A full candy dish welcomes customers, awards and family photos adorn desktops, and music is playing from several desks. Prominently displayed atop every Airman's station is a NERF gun.That's right, a NERF gun.
  • Keeping Airmen safe in the social media world

    Airmen today use the social media world to keep in touch with family, friends, prior co-workers and a multitude of others.Unfortunately, for all of the positive uses of social media, recent events have encouraged us to re-evaluate our digital world to ensure our personal and professional information is protected from online predators and minimize
  • Sign up to save a life

    There is a chance I may have to experience some pain so that a stranger might live; there is a chance I may literally have to give some of me to someone whose body has failed them.I am a potential bone marrow donor. And you should be too.I know that's a bold statement but this is why I make it.I joined the registry because of my aunt and
  • Light at the end of a dark tunnel

    Chapter 1: The AttemptI was 12-years-old. I tried talking to my friends. Only one of them came come close to understanding what I was going through. She gave me the idea that perhaps cutting myself would help me feel better.I tried it. I tried it four times. The first time I had no idea how to do it. I just grabbed a stashed-away knife and began to