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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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Equality for all

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