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  • ‘Respect… give it and you’ll get it’

    Respect plays a major role in our personal lives as well as our professional Air Force lives. We learn early on to respect our parents, our elders, our teachers, the police and laws. After joining the Air Force we quickly learned to respect our training instructors, our chain of command and in general, we learned the value of respect for
  • Thinkin’ and Blinkin’

    'In the blink of an eye' is a familiar expression; it suggests that significant events in life can pass us by without warning and much faster than we can prepare. Applied to raising children; 'in the blink of an eye' they are grown and pioneering their own life story. Applied to a much anticipated event like a special trip to a far-off place; 'in
  • Spreading our wings in the military

    From the time you joined the service, to this point in your career, this article is about using the tools and skills that the military provides you in order to rise to the challenge. You may not truly realize that you have the capability until the opportunity presents itself. I'm fortunate to serve as the Medical Support Squadron superintendent,
  • ‘What the heck have I gotten myself into now’

    It's an ominous sounding phrase but one that has become a theme in my life...in a good way. I was a ridiculously hyperactive child, easily distracted by shiny objects and apt to jump into things without really thinking about it first. I probably drove my poor parents crazy as I pursued one interest whole heartedly until the next new idea distracted
  • Hookah, the Social Smoking Trend

    In recent years, smoking hookah has become a Western trend upon social smokers. Hookah lounges have become popular among urban cities. There are a variety of tobacco flavors making hookah more appealing to smokers. Although smoking hookah may not seem as caustic as smoking cigarettes, harmful effects such as risk factors for various cancers, heart
  • The Six Values

    A value is a belief, a mission, or a philosophy that is meaningful. Whether we are consciously aware of them or not, every individual has a core set of personal values. Values can range from the commonplace, such as the belief in hard work and punctuality, to the more psychological, such as self-reliance, concern for others, and harmony of purpose.
  • Step out of your comfort zone, make the magic happen

    Since I was a young Airman, I have always shied away from any recognition and seemed to always take the traveled road. I never sought out new adventures and mostly followed the crowd. I was happy in my bubble, but for some reason I knew there was so much more out there and I was ready for the challenge. After I pinned on MSgt, becoming a first
  • We appreciate you

    "Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the Earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another." - Erma BrombeckThis year, National Volunteer Week will be held April 15-21. This week encourages volunteering and gives us an opportunity to honor our current volunteers. President
  • Advantages of the library

    The 9th Force Support Squadron is a dynamic, complex and forward thinking squadron. It is constantly evolving. One such entity currently undergoing transformation is the legacy services functions. Prior to deciding upon what to write about, I had bounced around several ideas. Then, one day while in the Air Force Portal I came across something new
  • Are you available for duty?

    During my 22 year career I've picked up quite a few bits of advice, nuggets and M&Ms (mentoring moments) that have shaped my career, beliefs, and overall thoughts about why I serve and what it means to me. Some good, some bad but you learn from it all. About 18 years ago I stumbled across this story by an anonymous author and wanted to share with
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