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  • COMMENTARY: Downfalls of ‘Detox’

    It seems everyone is talking about “detoxification” (detox) diets and regimens. These products are also called “cleanses” or “flushes”. This terminology refers to a means of removing toxins from your body or losing weight. These diets can be dangerous, especially since your body already comes equipped with a detoxification system. Understanding how detox works, may help clear up some confusion.
  • 509th MDG commentary: Tobacco and mental illness

    People living with mental illness have a high rate of smoking. In America, 44.3% of all cigarettes are consumed by individuals who live with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders. People with schizophrenia are three to four times as likely to smoke as the general population.
  • Ruck Marching: Do’s and Don’ts

    Ruck marches are often a foreign concept to many Airmen who aren’t required to do them and don’t see a reason to carry a heavy backpack or rucksack for an extended period of time. Read more for tips and tricks.
  • Editorial: We’ve come a long way since 1948, remember that this month

    We are a subgroup within a subgroup, a portion of the less than a percentage point of Americans who have answered their nation’s call and serve proudly in its defense. We are women in the United States Air Force.
  • Wing leaders recognize Black History Month

    Black History Month is a time for our Nation to continue the tradition of paying tribute to African Americans across the globe for their distinguished contributions, achievements, and the influence they have made in our nation’s history.
  • Chaplain Shipman shares lessons from deployment to Afghanistan

    To reflect on times past and to envision hopes for the future is important as we move rapidly toward 2019. I encourage you to reflect today on your best day in 2018 and the promise of what your best day may be in 2019. To recall the past and reflect on its varied lessons is another opportunity to learn from and grow. My reflection from the past year is from a deployment to Afghanistan.
  • New Year’s Resolution: Read about the past for the future

    Gone, it seems, are the days of printed newspapers, as subscriptions have steadily declined and many daily publications have disappeared. It seems all but certain that we live in an era of headlines and newsfeed snippets that offer information designed for the passing glance at phone screens and tablets.
  • More than a patch: What is your squadron’s heritage?

    The chief of staff of the Air Force recently authorized the wear of the Operational Camouflage Pattern uniform, which is not only a significant shift to a more practical and combat-effective uniform, but also allows you to proudly display your unit’s emblem. This is another important step in the revitalization of the squadron and, just like back in the days of Battle Dress Uniforms, you are now authorized to wear your squadron’s patch on your uniform. However, do you fully understand the importance of your squadron’s heritage and what that patch resembles?
  • Out front: Growing beyond your comfort zone

    I joined the Air Force more than 17 years ago. Things have changed since then – my own personality being one of them.Today, I consider myself outgoing, extroverted and comfortable speaking in front of a large audience or easily strike up conversation with people I have never met before. However, that wasn’t always the case.The main reason for this
  • Seeking Better Balance: Pearls from my leadership path

    A cursory search of “leadership” on Amazon® books will return over 60,000 results. When I read, I’m always looking for practical solutions I may implement to improve my leadership style. Here are a few nuggets of wisdom I have found beneficial from my personal leadership journey. I share them in the hope they may likewise prove useful to others.
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