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  • Airman shares family tragedy as "wake up call"

    December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.  For me, this month hits extra close to home and is a constant reminder of the events that took place over a year ago that changed mine, my family's, and two other family's lives forever.  I've kept this tragedy almost entirely to myself, until

  • Dealing with holiday stress

    It's that time of year again.  All things pumpkin spice become all things peppermint; television networks start showing nostalgic, holiday-themed movies; in Northwest Florida, we complain about cold weather while the rest of the country actually deals with winter; and I write the "holiday stress"

  • Staying healthy during the holidays

    I have been working here in the health and fitness field for almost 20 years and every year the same question arises - "How do I stay fit through the holidays?" Most people will gain two to three pounds over the holiday season, but there are recommended strategies to stay fit, even when time is

  • The Son Tay Raid, need for special operations forces

     In May 1970, U.S. intelligence analysts learned approximately 70-80 American POWs were being held at Son Tay Prison, located about 30 miles west of Hanoi, Vietnam.On June 1, 1970, Army Brig. Gen. Don Blackburn, the special assistant for Counterinsurgency and Special Activity, briefed Air Force Lt.

  • Cyber readiness inspection ahead

    On behalf of U.S. Cyber Command, a Defense Information Systems Agency inspection team will conduct a Command Cyber Readiness Inspection here Nov. 30 - Dec. 4.Massive preparations are underway across the base, including compliance validation actions for 100-plus checklists.A CCRI is the

  • Choosing to live

    Team Eglin EDITOR'S NOTE:  The 96th Test Wing completes its Wingman Day training Nov. 9 that focuses exclusively on resiliency.  In light of this training, here is a commentary on just that subject from an Airman in the Air Force Materiel Command.I have worked for the federal government for 13

  • Veterans Day is a day to celebrate and honor

    Veterans have made a selfless choice to lay their lives on the line to serve and protect our country. In many cases, they have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure we continue to have our rights and freedoms.Veterans Day is a time we set aside to honor these special Americans.Originally known as

  • Seasonal influenza vaccine now available

    A mass influenza vaccination line for active duty only is Oct. 26-29 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 30 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 413th  Flight Test Squadron auditorium (Bldg. 439) and will be on a first-come first-served basis.  The auditorium is located on West F Avenue, across from the old

  • The in-house recruiter: an open letter to my peers

     I'll never forget the first time my Air Force pride shot through the roof of my heart.It wasn't upon graduating basic training; that was more of a weight lifted relief. It wasn't the first time I saw an F-22 Raptor take off, and it wasn't when I, as a young Airman, stood tall saluting during the