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  • Travel safe and sound this holiday season

    "Safe-n-Sound, All Year Round" is the theme of this year's holiday and winter safety campaign. The theme's message from Air Force leaders is simple: the holiday season is time to celebrate, relax and enjoy time with family and friends, but it's vitally important that we keep safety in mind and incorporate risk management principles into all our
  • National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

    The holidays are a wonderful time of year, filled with celebrations, time with loved ones and good cheer. But, for the 775 families whose loved ones were killed during December 2010 in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, the joyous celebrations ended in disaster.Throughout the United States, local communities will observe National Impaired Driving
  • How to: Building Resilience

    Contrary to what many believe, you do not build resilience by focusing on weakness or by avoiding hardship. In an elite population that comprises less than one percent of less than one percent of the U.S. adult population, AFSOC has a proven method for building resilience. AFSOC warriors seek challenges, confront threats, are accountable, and
  • My Job is Prosecuting Sexual Assault

    Here's a simple truth...sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are "blue on blue," or Airmen victimizing other Airmen. So in addition to rejecting our core values, these undisciplined Airmen reject
  • One journey at a time

    I first realized how much inner strength effects performance when I was 15 years old and my dad and I went on a summer hike. This hike spanned backcountry across the state of Utah - from the Arizona to Idaho border - nearly 700 miles. We completed this in 43 days!Before this trek, I was a bookworm and a couch potato. I did like the occasional
  • Here's why I'm volunteering to go to Afghanistan for a mission that's unknown, under-appreciated

    I am going to Afghanistan as an embedded advisor. I am an AFPAK (Afghanistan, Pakistan) Hand. I am a volunteer and that does not make me crazy. I have volunteered for all manners of things in my life. I volunteered for the Army, to jump out of planes, for Ranger School. I volunteered to go to college, to join the Air Force, to earn a
  • Had to face death to learn to live

    It seems like resiliency has been a major focus in the wing recently. Many Air Commandos have stepped up and shared their knowledge, stories and experiences of what this concept means to them. As I prepare to retire after 29 years of service at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., I would like to share my story of resiliency and how through very
  • When will consequences of drunk driving sink in?

    About four years ago, one of my closest friends lost her life in an auto accident. She had gone to a club with a group of people, and they all had a bit too much to drink. When the club closed down for the night, they got into the car and started driving home. At some point the driver lost control of the vehicle and collided with another motorist.
  • Surviving rape: a mother's perspective

    It began with the phone ringing at 5:00 a.m., never a good time for a phone call. It was my 18-year-old daughter sobbing, saying she was at the police station. I asked her what she had done (not my best parenting moment.) She said she had been raped, and my heart stopped. I told her that she was not a victim, and, by going to the police, she had
  • Feeling the loss of one man down

    What would you do if the heart of your team died? How would you move on without that person who made you laugh every day - the one who encouraged you to be better than yourself, worked the hardest at every task and taught you how to enjoy and do well in your job. When someone like that is gone, it leaves a void that is difficult to fill.The 27th