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Hurricane Ivan Sept. 15, 2004, at 11:15 a.m. EDT before slamming into the USA Gulf Coast. Ivan was one of four hurricanes to strike the state of Florida in 2004. Early preparation key to hurricane readiness
Hurricane season is now upon us. With a prediction of an active storm season ahead of us, it's important to take some time to reflect on lessons learned from previous seasons. Mother Nature can be unpredictable and ruthless in its destruction. Hurricane Sandy, the last hurricane of the 2012 season, killed 285 people in seven countries and caused
0 6/10
2013
Military lifestyles are often challenging and stressful. If you lack mental resiliency, you will more than likely succumb to the mental pitfalls that keep you at risk. As mental anxiety and stress mount, remembering to analyze the situation will help pinpoint the source of one’s frustrations. One of the best ways to identify the sources of stress is to take a close look at habits, attitudes and excuses. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Brandon Shapiro/Released) Avoiding burn out on the job
Feeling overwhelmed, weary, or even beyond caring about work anymore? Burn out is a common problem with severe outcomes if not addressed. We can rapidly get stuck and accept misery. We'll think, "What good will happen even if I try". Many leaders are unaware of the immense impact burn out has on employees and the impact on production. Rates of
0 5/23
2013
Memorial Day Memorial Day a time to reflect on service and sacrifice
Throughout my Air Force career, I've often reflected on what it means to serve. I'm proud of the work we do and the sacrifices we make every day so all Americans can continue to enjoy our many freedoms. However, each Memorial Day I am sharply reminded of just how great the sacrifice is for some.Since the founding of our country, more than one
0 5/20
2013
Default Air Force Logo Starr Card helps military community
Military shoppers at the Eglin Exchange probably don't give a second thought as to which credit card to use at checkout. What they may not be aware of, however, is that the use of bank-issued cards at the Exchange ultimately costs the military community millions annually. Last year alone, bank-issued card processing expenses at the Eglin Exchange
0 5/13
2013
A new federal mandate (executive order 13513) was issued this month affecting all federal government employees.  The verbiage is as follows:
In order to demonstrate leadership in improving safety on roads, Federal law now prohibits the use of text messaging while driving Government-wide on official business or while using Government-supplied equipment. Federal employees shall not engage in text messaging (a) when driving GOV, or when driving POV while on official Government business, or (b) when using electronic equipment supplied by the Government while driving. The policy is extended to contractors, subcontractors, and recipients and subrecipients who are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company and government -owned or -rented vehicles or while driving any vehicle when on official Government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government. ''Driving'' means operating a
motor vehicle on an active roadway with the motor running, including while temporarily stationary because of traffic, a traffic light or stop sign, or otherwise.  (Air Force photo/Airman Anthony Jennings) 
'Yeah T,' the dangers of texting, driving
During my way home from work one day I saw an annoying yet all too familiar sight. A minivan was speeding up, slowing down and braking for no apparent reason. The van would weave into my lane, slowly weave back into its own lane and then weave back over. No, the driver wasn't drunk, but they were probably just as incapacitated. The problem ... they
0 4/03
2013
Default Air Force Logo April is Stress Awareness Month
April is Stress Awareness Month. Given our current anticipation of possible work changes and budgetary challenges, it is a timely topic to discuss.According to the National Institute of Mental Health, everyone feels stressed occasionally. It's important to know our limits in order to avoid serious health effects from stress.The American Academy of
0 4/01
2013
The Air Force Assistance Fund supports four official Air Force charities:  The Air Force Aid Society, the Air Force Enlisted Village Indigent Widows' Fund, the Air Force Village Indigent Widows' Fund and the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation.  (U. S. Air Force graphic) 2013 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign kicks off
The annual Air Force Assistance Fund campaign kicks off March 25 giving us all another opportunity to help our fellow Airmen when they need it most. The AFAF campaign supports four charities dedicated to caring for Airmen from induction through retirement and beyond.The four charities are the Air Force Aid Society, General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay
0 3/25
2013
Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, the Air Force Materiel Command commander, speaks to an audience of industry and government personnel at the Air Armament Symposium in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Oct. 16. Wolfenbarger spoke about the state of her command and Eglin’s role within it at the 38th annual two-day symposium. Speakers from joint services and Air Force major commands shared the common thread of working together in a changing acquisition world. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.) Sequestration impacts our mission, people, and bases
As commander of Air Force Materiel Command, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, I lead an organization of some 80,000 military members and civilian employees whose work touches every aspect of the Air Force. Eglin Air Force Base is one of the bases in my command.When the warfighter calls for a new capability, we think it, we build it,
0 3/15
2013
Default Air Force Logo Save a smile, Children's Dental Health Month
February is National Children's Dental Health Month. Here are some tips on what to do if your child's tooth gets knocked out.According to the American Association of Endodontists, an estimated five million teeth are accidentally knocked out of adults and children's mouths each year.With proper emergency action, a tooth that has been knocked out of
0 3/04
2013
Default Air Force Logo Practice professionalism at all times
I want to share some thoughts on professionalism, what it means to be a professional, qualities of professional organizations and my expectations. As members of the United States Air Force we meet the definition of a professional. We are experts in our field. We deliver high quality work. We are held in high regard by society. We monitor and
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2012
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