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  • Community involvement doesn't have to be local

    As Airmen, we all know staying involved in our community is important. It's part of our performance reports, and a big part of our culture. Our volunteerism benefits the Misawa community, but does it have to end there?My sister is an eighth grade English teacher in Manchester, Conn. The town is far from large military bases, with only a handful of
  • Fitness focus is on keeping you alive, not downsizing

    It's no secret the Air Force has placed a renewed emphasis on physical training lately. Although we've always had a PT program, the recent revisions are the most significant we've seen in the past few years.Likewise, it's no secret that many Airmen are concerned about keeping up with the revised fitness standards. With the 1.5-mile run now
  • Facebook is not always the answer ... but it's a good start

    I knew it was inevitable. Despite the cries from our cyberwarriors about vulnerabilities, I knew it was coming. No matter how many times the word "OPSEC" was thrown about, I knew it was inevitable that the demand for social media would find its way into the military workplace. Some refer to social Web sites like Facebook, Twitter and Flickr as "new
  • Two years across the Pacific with the PACAF Demo Team

    There are two types of servicemembers overseas. There are those who go to work, do their job and then go home while staying well within their comfort zone. Then there are those who get out into the local community, make a difference and leave with experience and memories they'll never forget.I returned from Chitose, Japan, Aug. 9, after performing
  • Where's your salute?

    So there I was -- brand new to the base without a car. Anywhere I had to go, I got there on foot. On a hot, humid Misawa summer day, I walked past Risner Circle on my way to the dining facility and saw a strange, important-looking vehicle approaching. As my tensions rose and a drop of sweat trickled down my cheek, I had only a split second to
  • Your message has impact

    Imagine my surprise, when I scrolled down a computer screen through an online newspaper looking for my "three seconds of fame," just to find out one of my quotes was completely taken out of context. My jaw dropped. I thought I gathered the facts and crafted a thorough, direct response for the news reporter. I quickly learned how the media can turn
  • Memorial Day: Remembering our heroes

    Airmen and their families who live and serve in the Pacific are surrounded by tangible reminders of the legacy of preceding generations. Our command's headquarters still bears the scars left by enemy weaponry during the attack on Hickam and Pearl Harbor that brought America into World War II. On Guam, monuments to the fierce fighting of that era
  • AF safety officials launch Critical Days of Summer campaign

    S is for Summer ... and Safety too!It's that time of year again! Spring is here in full force, summer is right around the corner and that can only mean one thing: time for Air Force safety officials to kick off the Critical Days of Summer safety campaign, May 28 through September 7. As much as you would like to think that nothing could happen to
  • Children deserve our full attention

    April is Month of the Military Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month. You probably know by now that 2010 is also the Year of the Air Force Family. That's a lot of recognition of children, isn't it? Maybe that's because we realize the children of today are the parents, teachers and leaders of tomorrow. We understand that when children are raised
  • How to wear pride

    It was day like any other day, but on this day around noon a young airman was standing in line at an automated teller machine. In a sharp voice from behind, someone called out "Airman!" The Airman turned to face the voice, at once he realized it came from a colonel. The Airman snapped to attention and saluted the officer answering with a "Yes,
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