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  • The PA dish on illegal downloading

    The 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs office encountered several stories across the base and beyond about people illegally downloading various media off the Internet, both at work and at home. Having a personal stake in media and its use both for personal and professional benefits, these PA Airmen decided to provide their own take on this issue and
  • My thoughts on Diversity Day

    I grew up in a small, Midwestern town. It was rural and homogenous - kind of boring, really. There was one African-American family in my school system and two families with a Latin background, possibly Mexican but maybe Puerto Rican. Unfortunately, I didn't know enough at the time to ask. It wasn't until I went to college that I met anyone who was
  • Good, bad news in early USAFE fitness returns

    After a month of testing under the new USAF Fitness Tables, there is both bad news and good news in U.S. Air Forces in Europe. The bad news is that in more than 2,000 tests administered in the month of July, our failure rate is approximately 23 percent. The good news is that a significant number of Airmen failing the test are falling short in areas
  • Saber spouse I farewell

    I will be in Italy visiting my family for a few weeks just in time to get away from the inspection and to recharge my batteries before the change of command on July 13.While I am gone, I would like to ask you to please contact your key spouses, squadron first sergeant, squadron lead spouses or the Airman & Family Readiness Center if you should need
  • Local A/TA chapter volunteers at Special Olympics Day

    Since its inception in 2006, the local Halvorsen Chapter of the nationally recognized Airlift Tanker Association has focused not only on professional development, but also community involvement. This year we were fortunate enough to be invited to assist 800 athletes who took part in the Special Olympics Day in Kaiserslautern, Germany. With more
  • Expanded digital access requires same common sense

    Social networking sites are open to Air Force servicemembers and employees in the workplace. This change to policy has raised many questions about using social media officially and personally in the workplace.But when you get right down to it, little has changed. The rules established for Internet use at work are no different than before the Air
  • AFAF not just for chiefs, widows

    In 2004, when I first signed up to give money to the Air Force Aid Foundation, I pictured retired chiefs and widows living at an old-folks home. My donations would ensure they had a place to live or food, or at least reduced their out-of-pocket expenses. A few months later, I, instead, became a recipient of the aid. Early in my Air Force technical
  • Hawk deployment an eye opener

    The men and women of the 23rd Fighter Squadron and Aircraft Maintenance Unit deployed to Joint Base Balad, Iraq, in support of air expeditionary forces from September 2009 through January 2010. From day one, the resounding sentiment was "this is not the way it was last year." When members deployed with the same unit in the same timeframe just one
  • Real life part five: I am done

    It has been 2 1/2 months now and I am still smoke free. I honestly have no desire for a cigarette. It has been an interesting journey; one that I am sure is not over. It will be an ongoing struggle between my nemesis and I, but I am confident that my choice for a healthy, smoke-free lifestyle will prevail.So confident, that at the start of my tenth
  • Real life part four: lessons learned, about side effects and drug interactions

    There really is a fine line between being cocky and confident. I have learned this the hard way. My previous belief that kicking my smoking habit was becoming easier is not the case anymore. Maybe Chantix, a supposed ally in my battle against smoking, is deciding to fight back as a result of my overconfidence. Medications have side effects, but