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  • Team building frames security forces sendoff of top enlisted leader

    From birth to death – we join together before starting new chapters.Parents host baby showers, teachers hand out diplomas and communities erect memorials.These celebrations and observances provide us with an essential sense of resolution, which allow groups to move forward.However, some of our most honorable service members insist on discreetly
  • I’m terrified and I will not fail

    I was sitting on the floor at Denver International Airport waiting for a flight to San Antonio. I leaned against a cool glass window in jeans and a black tee shirt, holding the Airman’s Creed on a business card with tiny letters in my hands. Several other trainees-to-be and I were taking turns reading it out loud in an attempt to both quell our nerves and get a step ahead. I was almost 23-years-old and terrified that joining the Air Force was the wrong decision. “And I will not fail,” we repeated.
  • One Airman's thankfulness: Dodging bullets with Tupperware

    This morning my husband said something profound: “Every day you should slap yourself in the face so you don’t forget yesterday.” At first, we busted out laughing at his over-the-top phrasing, but afterward he expanded what he was trying to convey -- that we all need to remember the things that happen to us in life. With a near-miss by a potential
  • Developmental, training flight gives enlistee boot camp edge

    Grammy award-winning rap artist Drake in his song “Own it” said, “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” For me, that would have been the day I joined the military. It was a new, nerve-racking and challenging process.  After visiting an Air Force Reserve recruiter, my military journey began. As my luck would have it, a
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