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  • A hurricane season update

    We are now three months into the 2015 Hurricane Season and the sixth named storm (Hurricane Fred) is off the coast of Africa and the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika are raining on Southern Florida.  However, this is still an abnormally low amount of activity. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calls for a 90 percent chance of a
  • Labor Day safety

    The Labor Day holiday weekend is here and it's still too early to declare victory on our Quest for Zero goal for summer safety mishaps.  Accidents have the potential to increase during the summer months, which poses accident prevention challenges for all of us. Your Air Force leadership team encourages you to have fun with family, friends and
  • New suicide prevention manager now in place

    What can I write that will be new, interesting and inspiring?  What can I write that hasn't been read (or heard) a million times already?  I have been asked to introduce myself as the new Suicide Prevention Program Manager here, and to comment on our prevention efforts. I am Capt. Jerry Novack.  I am a psychologist in the mental health clinic and
  • Be proud of your role this Independence Day

    On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, starting the colonies on the path to freedom. The next day, John Adams wrote to his wife, describing the time as "the most memorable epoch in the history of America" and saying he was "apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great
  • New commander happy to be back

    I wanted to officially say "hello" and tell you what a privilege it is to return here and serve with the 96th Test Wing.  My wife and I look forward to meeting you and learning more about your support for Team Eglin, the test enterprise, and the warfighter.  The legacy of the 96th TW is well known throughout the Air Force and we are honored to be a
  • AFTC commander bids farewell

    When I was told in January 2012 I would have the privilege to serve as the first Air Force Test Center commander, I was elated. I thought I knew what a dedicated team of professional Airmen the new AFTC would be comprised of and how the test mission would be executed. I use the word "thought" because over the last three years your efforts across
  • This Memorial Day, reflect on true meaning

    It was nearly 150 years ago that our nation first observed a day of remembrance for those who died in service to the United States of America.Over the years, more than one million American Soldiers, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, Marines and Airmen have given their lives in defense of our great nation. We owe our freedom and a true debt of gratitude to
  • Drinking and driving a commonplace problem

    "This is the first time I have ever driven a vehicle after drinking!"  How many times has this statement been made when someone is charged with a DUI?  What is the probability that the statement is true?  As an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program counselor, I want to address these inquiries, but first lay the foundation behind
  • May is Mental Health Month

    Have you ever had "the rug pulled out from under you?"  Have you ever been blindsided by bad news, or maybe realized an important relationship was coming to an end?  Perhaps you've experienced a number of smaller stressors piling up over time? These kinds of things seem to happen at the worst possible times. Then again, is there ever really a good
  • Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month for the Department of Defense.  This year's theme is "Eliminate Sexual Assault.  Know Your Part.  Do Your Part."Every Airman, at every level of our Air Force, has a unique role in preventing this crime and, when prevention fails, responding to it.  Each of us has a responsibility to foster a