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  • Family care plans mean full preparation for deployment

    The welfare of your family is too important to be left up to chance, so develop a family care plan and leave nothing to chance.Sudden deployments or long-term illness can cause financial, emotional and logistical disruptions to entire families. Mitigate these by going through the steps required by all branches to have a detailed plan in place in
  • Motorcycle safety: It's on you!

    One might argue that motorcycles are safer to operate on the roadway than a four-wheeled vehicle. This may be true . . . until an accident occurs.Motorcycle operators may have a greater advantage of avoiding an accident because they can execute an evasive maneuver with their smaller vehicle and avoid an accident altogether. Maybe for a very few
  • The compassion of individuals, the power of community

    Team AFDW: As the 2009 Holiday season approaches, this is a perfect time to reflect on the good fortune many of us enjoy. This is also an excellent time to focus some of our attention on those around us who are not as fortunate. We can help! I've seen Airmen, soldiers, Marines, sailors; active duty, Reserve, Guard; government civilians and
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women in the United States, and is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. That is why October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. aAccording to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 192,370 new cases of breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the
  • Outstanding Airmen of the year

    Air Force officials recently selected the service's top enlisted members, naming the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2009. An Air Force selection board that convened at the Air Force Personnel Center considered 33 nominees who represented major commands, direct reporting units, field operating agencies and Air Staff agencies to select the 12
  • Paying respect to our nation's colors

    The Stars and Stripes. Old Glory. The Star-Spangled Banner. Regardless of what we call it, there is no doubt that the flag of the United States of America is one of the most powerful and enduring symbols of our nation. On June 14, we will once again have the opportunity to recognize this symbol as we celebrate Flag Day. Flag Day was first observed
  • Enjoy the Spotlight

    There is nothing more satisfying than receiving brand new stripes from your commander on promotion day. After that the waiting game begins and you start calculating the numbers to see exactly when you sew on those new stripes. In a recent Airman's Roll Call titled "Separating promotion release dates for master sergeant, technical sergeant," it
  • Honoring a Servant Leader

    American warfighters have a rich heritage of honoring bravery, valor, and excellence. Throughout history veterans have gathered around small campfires to share stories of personal triumphs and extraordinary service of fallen patriots. This week our Air Force gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to share one last accounting of the servant
  • Recycling: a matter of personal effort, a matter of teamwork

    In the corner of my office cubicle I have a miniature black trash can and a cardboard box. I place non-recyclable items such as candy wrappers and Styrofoam cups in the trash can. In the cardboard box, I place paper, plastic, glass and anything else remotely recyclable.Making the choice to recycle is a matter of personal effort. It means taking a
  • Servicemembers' advocacy groups fight for Airmen

    A new Montgomery GI Bill is in the works for U.S. servicemembers, meaning greater education and career advancement opportunities. If you've ever picked up a copy of the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy or Army Times you've probably seen one of these headlines taking up the entire cover of the issue. These types of things constantly affect us and draw