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A stuffed animal of Grover from Sesame Street sits in front of blue and silver pinwheels at Whiteman air Force Base, Mo., April 14, 2015. Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow, 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, received Grover from a police officer on the night she was taken out of an abusive home.  April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the pinwheel is a symbol for healthy starts for all children. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow/Released) Surviving, learning to live
Red and blue lights surround my house. My biological mother is in tears and her boyfriend is yelling at the men with shiny badges and guns on their hips. My siblings and I are sitting on the couch, quietly.My life was about to change dramatically.My mother was at a young age when she found out she was pregnant with me - just 18 years old.We lived
0 4/17
2015
Default Air Force Logo What is the Social Domain?
There are four areas of a person's life which capture the totality of how they experience and relate to others and themselves.  In order to be a balanced person, you must first have a balanced lifestyle.  The mental, physical, social, and spiritual domains are the four areas that require constant vigilance.The last quarter, we focused on the
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2015
Default Air Force Logo How to be happily married to the military
Remember when you got engaged and people would give you all kinds of unsolicited advice? I remember my aunt telling me that when you marry a man, you don't just marry him ... you marry his whole family. No one ever tells you that when you marry a military man, you don't just marry the man ... you marry the military as well.It's a huge challenge to
0 4/10
2015
Default Air Force Logo OPSEC and social media savvy
Many of you may have seen in the news this past weekend that ISIS released a list containing the names, addresses, and photos of 100 current U.S. service members. The members who are on the list have already been contacted by their assigned units and they and their families are receiving support from both military and law enforcement agencies. Here
0 3/25
2015
Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow, 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, displays a tattoo of “Rosie the Riveter” to showcase how she became who she is today. The history of “Rosie” shows that with dedication and effort, anyone can do anything. Many women opted to take on male-dominated trades to support their families while their husbands fought in World War II, an era in which they typically held positions as housewives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow/Released) Commentary: Rosie the Riveter and me
As we recognize Women's History Month this March, I am struck by the thought that heroes and role models do not have to be one single person but, in fact, can be several people. For me, this truth is especially relevant.During World War II, many women opted to take on male dominated trades to support their families while their husbands fought in
0 3/06
2015
Default Air Force Logo Spiritual fitness: A Jewish perspective
The term "spiritual fitness" can mean something different for everyone, depending on a person's background and spiritual beliefs. For Jews, this term fits nicely with some of the words that Airmen hear every day: integrity, wingmanship and balance.Growing up in a Jewish home, I was encouraged to "do the right thing." Although this article addresses
0 2/19
2015
Default Air Force Logo When are you planning your next vacation?
When was the last time you took a vacation? I don't mean simply using your leave and taking a day off work, but an actual chance to get away and relax?I ask this question for a few reasons. First, most people know by now that the amount of leave you can carry over at the end of the fiscal year recently been reduced from 75 to 60 days. This may not
0 2/19
2015
Default Air Force Logo Commander's Presidents Day message
At Whiteman we are, and must continue to be, committed to developing Airmen leaders across all levels. After all, the number one job of a leader is to grow more leaders!Inspired Airmen leaders build confidence throughout our team and enable us to not only persevere through adversity, but also to tackle tough challenges.Leaders have vision - they
0 2/13
2015
Default Air Force Logo Sexual assault prevention: Own it!
When we talk about preventing the crime of sexual assault, we are talking about before the crime happens. We've all participated in sexual assault education through mass auditorium in-person programs, smaller focus group discussions and one-on-one interactions with your local Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARC). Keeping that type of
0 2/13
2015
Default Air Force Logo Trading pain for a purpose
Every time I run a marathon, I cringe just a little bit as I contemplate the back half. I think about the back half a lot, and by back half I mean miles 17-26.2. I'm just an average runner, but marathons have taught me almost as much about spiritual growth as seminary training.In a marathon, the first 13.1 miles are somewhat euphoric if you have
0 2/06
2015
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