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  • The ‘Dirty Dozen’: what it means to serve as a Reservist

    When I was the spouse of a Reservist (which was the better part of my five years of marriage), I didn't get it. My husband would work his normal work week, then square away his uniform on Friday night for drill on Saturday and Sunday. Come Monday morning, he was back at work, and I had no concept of the toll it took - until I became a Reservist
  • Life goes on, but not the same

    Four years ago Jan. 12, I received a phone call that completely changed my life. I woke up to news that my best friend Robby had been killed. For several hours I felt paralyzed before I broke down. I poured through all the photo albums I had looking at pictures of us from when we were kids hanging out with all of our friends.It didn’t seem real.
  • Making resiliency a habit instead of a skill

    Let’s start with a little military history:Wars are a part of history and death are a part of wars. For the greatest part of history, when death accompanied war, in came in the form of infection and infectious diseases. Soldiers who died during military conflicts such as the Revolutionary War, Civil War and World War I were far more likely to die
  • Do the right thing … even if no one is watching

    It’s something that is drilled into us when we join the military – Integrity in all we do. But what does it mean to you and how do you incorporate it into all aspects of your life?When we act honestly and adhere to a moral code based on ideas of good and bad, we are exhibiting integrity. To put it simply, integrity is choosing right over
  • Cyber security: it's everyone's responsibility

    Cyber security focuses on protecting computers, networks, programs and data from unintended or unauthorized access, change or destruction. Governments, military, corporations, financial institutions, hospitals and other businesses collect, process and store a great deal of confidential information on computers and transmit that data across networks
  • Dreams

     403rd Operations Group7/31/2015 - KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, BILOXI, MISS -- Each of us has dreams. We dream about exotic places, relaxing experiences, adventures, things we might accomplish and financial security. Some of our dreams intersect with our military service. Our dreams include things like the next level of responsibility, advancing to NCO
  • It's never too late to restart

    Our Air Force stories are as unique as our fingerprints. For me, it started in 1996, I was 20 something years old, and knew I had to change my choices or I would end up exactly like everyone else. I feared I would get some college, but not complete it, get married, have 2.5 kids and never leave Florida.I heard through a friend of a friend, that one
  • International development course builds bonds

    The No. 1 piece of advice I’ve received from Col. Dana Jacobson, my senior individual mobilization augmentee at Air Education and Training Command’s directorate of judge advocate, is to focus on building relationships.  Contributing to my unit, building relationships and continuously working to develop my legal skills have enabled me to receive
  • There's something about a chaplain

    It was September of 1981, most of my friends were beginning their college experience, and I was in a white van headed to the airport on a journey that would begin at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The next morning I woke up as an Air Force Basic Trainee. In the years since that day, I have come to learn that
  • Every March, I mustache myself a question

    Therazor hovered just above my upper lip; the blade suspended millimeters from myskin. The consequences of my next move would have lasting ramifications for atleast the next 30 days. Even at this moment of reckoning, I wasn't surewhich path I would choose.The day had started like any other Monday:Slap the alarm, get dressed, head to the gym, then
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