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  • Taking the jump with Single Airmen Initiatives program

    The roar of the plane's engine was so load that we strained our voices as we tried to talk. Finally, we gave up all together and remained silent. The small plane moved in circles like a spiral staircase as it ascended into the sky until it reached 10,000 feet. Suddenly, it became quiet.  The engine had been cut off.  As the instructors opened the
  • The pieces of ‘military flair’ on your social media

    Being a member of the United States Air Force should without question be a source of pride. The service you render to the United States is a vital one, and retired Air Force members and family members take an equal pride in the service they have rendered to the Air Force.Unfortunately, there will always be people who, for various reasons, wish to
  • SOS: Better than I expected

    After commissioning in May 2009, I attended the Air and Space Basic Course the following September.I hated it.The course covered material most students had already learned and seemed a waste of time to me. While I enjoyed the networking, I would have passed on the experience as a whole.I expected the same experience going into Squadron Officer
  • Why Bergdahl matters

    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his post while serving in Afghanistan in 2009, triggering a chain of events that continue to play out even today. Bergdahl's decision to walk away was a defining event in his life. Now, more than five years on, another defining event of greater consequence presents itself to senior military leaders and our
  • A different thought on diversity

    Have you ever had one of those moments where you're sitting in a staff meeting, someone throws out a seemingly good idea, and all the heads around the room nod in agreement, even though you're certain not everyone is fully on board?  Or, have you ever been a part of a hand-picked team of like-minded individuals, put together for a special project
  • '14 Bulls up, 14 Bulls down'

    Those who have watched the epic miniseries "Band of Brothers" are likely familiar with the phrase "Three miles up, three miles down!"  Army soldiers assigned to the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment shouted these words countless times at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, in the early days of World War II.  This axiom described the round-trip run to the peak of
  • A word to the wise

    As a dentist, I am always thinking of new ways to help my patients.Sure, I can fix a badly decayed tooth, "after" the fact, but what I'd really like to do is prevent it from getting that way in the first place. Everyone already knows that, "you need to brush and floss more," but in today's busy world, oral hygiene is one of the many things vying
  • October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death among women. Every year, 200,000 new cases of breast cancer are reported nationwide and more than 40,000 women die from the disease. Getting mammograms regularly can help with early detection and treatment of breast
  • Maxwell’s New Normal

    Times are hard: You're feeling it and so are we. You may have noticed that, lately, it takes a bit longer to get through our installation gates, obtain a new ID card or refill a prescription. Perhaps you keyed in on cutbacks to morale and recreation activities. What you're experiencing is a common trend at military bases these days. Installation
  • If you build it, will they come?

    One of my favorite movies as a child was "Field of Dreams." It's a movie about a farmer from Iowa who was inspired to build a baseball diamond in his cornfield. While working in his field one day he heard a voice saying, "If you build it, they will come." He was so convinced that he should build the diamond that he risked bankruptcy and the loss of