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  • Amity – purposeful connections

    Over the last year, these have been some trending questions posed from airmen I’ve met at First Term Airman Center or in casual conversation. Hearing these questions and living in the climate with the highest suicide rate and in my own loneliness, I thought to myself, ‘How can I help myself and help the young women in their growth and thirst to be better?’
  • We're all recruiters

    We’re the face the public identifies with the armed forces. We’re ambassadors for our military and our country no matter where we are around the globe. We’re all members of the United States Air Force. We’re all Airmen. We’re all recruiters.
  • Capturing history, one shot at a time

    Some children grow up wanting to be doctors, actors, professional athletes or business owners. However, life doesn’t always turn out the way that you have envisioned it in your mind. For some, that realization happens when they complete high school, and have to make a decision on the next step in their life.
  • Well behaved women rarely make history

    Growing up, I was never told I couldn’t do something because I was a girl – that I had to be a teacher or a nurse, a mother or a caregiver. I was always told I could grow up to be whatever I wanted – whether it be a ballerina or a badass – I never worried about my gender defining my life decisions. As Women’s History month comes to an end, I take a moment to reflect and realize why I and most young women of my generation never faced those worries.
  • Everyday Heroes

    Oursociety often has a preoccupation of raising up people to mythical levels. Weequate various groups of people with elevated morals, increased intelligenceand a naïve belief that those people are infallible from bad decisions. Lookno further than the public condemnation of your favorite actor or athlete whena personal struggle or a criminal
  • On this Rock

    The Air Force often talks about our resilience and heritage. With our service celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and the 18th Wing celebrating its 90th, we are constantly looking to our past for ways to honor, motivate, and inspire our Airmen. There are boundless opportunities to learn about the legacy of an island that saw the bloodiest battle in the Pacific Campaign of World War II, a history dating back millennia, and ancient castles dotting the landscape. Unfortunately, many people get caught up in their daily lives and never explore the amazing history that surrounds us here on Okinawa.
  • Life of a Warrior

    “I am an American Airman…I am a Warrior”…so begins the Airman’s Creed.  But what does it mean?  The Warrior ethos is a rich amalgam of distinctly human virtues, rooted in nature, and wrought by conflict.  “Warrior” is an identity, as much a part of oneself as any character trait but not easily earned.  The ancient qualities of Warriors have changed
  • My Iwo Jima Experience

    Long before I stepped onto the KC-135 Stratotanker, I couldn’t contain my anticipation and excitement. I kept thinking about how great and rare of an opportunity I was being given.
  • Army hosts Okinawa Missile Defender of the Year Banquet

    KADENA AIR BASE, Japan — The 1-1 Air Defense Artillery hosted the fourth-annual Okinawa Missile Defender of the Year Banquet Nov. 22. The event that has come to embody the spirit of the air defense artillery community in Okinawa, as well as the rest of the Pacific. Sponsored by the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, this yearly banquet seeks to highlight and recognize Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines from U.S. and Japanese military organizations who demonstrate proficiency on air defense systems and who enable theater air defense through direct coordination with air defense assets and organizations.
  • Equality for all

    On Aug. 26, 1920, women gained the right to vote, a monumental achievement toward women's equality.