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  • Air Force Association: What’s in it for me?

    On a World War II bombing mission to Bremen, Germany, in December 1943, radio operator Tech. Sgt. Forrest Vosler was hit twice by 20 mm shrapnel after taking the place of one of the gunners. Despite his injuries, he managed to tend to the wounded tail gunner, repair the damaged radio equipment and send off distress signals before the aircraft
  • Burn victim returns as vocal grilling safety ally

    (Editor's note: If you have more questions about fire/grilling safety, please call the Whiteman Fire Emergency Services fire prevention section. Call Paul Williams at (660) 687-6083 or Tim Robinson (660) 687-6080.)Hannah Storm's speedy return to TV just weeks after suffering burns from a propane gas grill explosion might have had some viewers
  • Spring Cleaning 101

    Spring is traditionally the time of year to focus sprucing up the home and office. The first few weeks of warmer weather offer a chance to get outside, buy supplies and freshen up the places where we live and work. One of the biggest challenges of spring cleaning, however, is knowing where to start. Each spring, I take advantage of warmer weather
  • Rosie the Riveter and me

    As we recognized Women's History Month this March, I was 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 family while their husbands fought in
  • Resilience – Overcoming the Past by Looking to the Future

    They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Though this may seem like a cynical perspective, I have always felt it rings true, especially for the generation of Airmen our Air Force is bringing up today. Today's typical A1C grew up in a society in which trophies and certificates were handed out for participation, discipline was
  • Leadership -- an A1C's perspective

    So, you've graduated ALS and are assigned your first troop to supervise.Here's my question - do you have what it takes to be a leader, or are you simply the manager?There is a difference between leading your troops and managing them, and it's a quality we have all experienced in one way or another.One difference is a manager directs people, while a
  • Yes, seatbelts do save lives

    Folks, please allow me to take up a little of your bandwidth, email storage, time and attention for a moment. Maybe the boss will let this serve as your weekend safety briefing.I know it's the law, and most people wear their seatbelts, but for those of you who disagree with the law or are prone to forget to "click it" when you get in the car, this
  • Serve those who served

    Many Americans will start a three-day weekend today as we celebrate Veterans Day with a federal holiday, Nov. 11, to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice.I didn't grow up in a military family, so to be honest, I didn't really understand the meaning of Veteran's Day until I joined the
  • Embodying ‘I am Air Force Energy’

    October is Energy Action Month, the key word in that title being, "Action." We take this month to highlight the importance of energy in our daily lives, but throughout the year we, as individuals and as a Command, must be mindful of our energy actions, maintaining the mantra and this year's theme, "I am Air Force Energy."Part of ensuring Global
  • Your oath, your duty - Go vote!

    "I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same ..." As service members we all share many bonds, but one particular universal bond is the oath we share. We all recite it, are obligated by