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Default Air Force Logo The secret to success is TAP
The Transition Assistance Program class I took from April 14 - 18 was an eye-opening experience. As the manpower and personnel flight chief for Spangdahlem Air Base, I see the "behind the scenes" of all of these Force Management programs that have been in effect so far this year. Now, as an officer whose Air Force Specialty Code and year group were
0 7/23
2014
The DoD received 5,061 reports of alleged sexual assult in 2013 with more than 54 percent involving service member-on-service member crime. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo) Finding light through darkness
(This story is part of the "Commentaries" section on AF.mil. These stories capture the experiences of Airmen from a first-person perspective.)Keeping a secret that defines you, that has shaped your life for nearly three years now and is sure to shape the rest, a secret that you go to sleep with every night and wake to every morning is sometimes
0 7/16
2014
Default Air Force Logo Protect yourself from feral animals
One huge safety risk that poses a threat to all members of the base is the potential to contract diseases from feral animals.A feral animal is a creature that has not been domesticated or has escaped and become wild.When coming into contact with feral animals, some animal lovers inadvertently contribute to the buildup and increase of feral
0 7/15
2014
U.S. Air Force Capt. Erik Ringstad, 52nd Component Maintenance Squadron commander and Niceville, Fla., native, seated left, and U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Timothy Palmer, 52nd CMS assistant accessory flight chief and Hobart, Ind., native, seated right, provide voter registration materials to U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tyler Neff, a 52nd Security Forces Squadron patrolman and Bryson, Texas, native, at an information booth at the base exchange at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 30, 2014. The Federal Voting Assistance Program helps service members and their families with registration and voting guidelines across the United States.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released) Who told you 'You can't vote?'
Voting - it is a vital right we in the Armed Forces defend every day. By exercising your right to vote, you are letting your voice be known and telling your civic leaders that you care what decisions are being made. As Andrew Lack, CEO of the Bloomberg Media Group, said, "Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote." For such an
0 6/19
2014
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Melissa Groot and Royal Netherlands Air Force Sgt. Michael Groot A unique NATO partnership
If you were to research the Netherlands, you may find information on Amsterdam, wooden shoes or the numerous canals that flow through this small country located in northern Europe. Not many people know we have a small team performing a unique NATO mission in the town of Volkel.At Volkel, you will see U.S. Air Force personnel alongside their Dutch
0 6/02
2014
To report a sexual assault, call DSN: 452-7272 or COMM: 06565-61-7272 (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Sarah Denewellis) Bystander intervention matters
Bystander intervention or stepping in during a potentially dangerous situation can make a huge difference in the lives of those involved. Below is the story of a Spangdahlem Airman who stepped in to stop a potential sexual assault. A few weeks ago, I was out with a group of my friends at a local bar. We had been enjoying each others' company, and a
0 5/27
2014
Morris Stein, grandfather of U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Erica Stein, stationed at Spangdahelm Air Base, Germany, is a survivor of the Holocaust. He is pictured here at age 14 in 1945 after liberation from a concentration camp by the U.S. military. (Courtesy photo/Released) Reflections on hell
Morris Stein, grandfather of Tech. Sgt. Erica Stein, 606th Air Control Squadron, native of Pittsburgh, Pa., is a survivor of the Holocaust. In honor of this Holocaust Remembrance Day, Stein has shared her family's story. Any views or opinions presented in this commentary are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the
0 4/28
2014
Step Up, Step In
Step up to address toxic leadership
Whether we like to admit it or not, toxic leaders exist in our Air Force, from front line supervisors to commanding officers.Every Airman must recognize and confront toxic leadership, because it undermines good order and discipline, corrupts the force from the inside out and is counter to a healthy organizational climate. What does toxic leadership
0 4/25
2014
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 606th Air Control Squadron escort a local leader after a visit during a combat readiness training exercise April 18, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Airmen learned how to interact with CRT augmentees posing as local leaders as part of the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dylan Nuckolls/Released) Combat readiness training prepares Airmen
EDITOR'S NOTE: Airman Nuckolls participated in the 606th Air Control Squadron's combat readiness training exercise here April 13-18. The weeklong exercise simulated a deployment with both instructors judging their every move and volunteers serving as opposition forces to test their effectiveness.  The following is his story as the unit's public
0 4/24
2014
Sara Sullivan, late wife of U.S. Air Force Maj. Bradley Sullivan, 480th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, Spangdahlem Air Base, is pictured here in Marble Falls, TX, after chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. Sara passed away two weeks after giving birth to their first child, Chloe Grace in 2009. Sullivan raised his daughter as a single parent with the help of friends and family of the Air Force community for the first two years of her life. (Courtesy Photo/Released) It's all about perspective
In January 2009, my life abruptly arrived at a fork in the road. While my squadron was making final preparations for our six-month deployment, my wife was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. We were living near Misawa Air Base, Japan at the time, and being a remote base, we were medically evacuated to Tripler Army Medical Center,
0 4/24
2014
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