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  • VVA Course: volunteers help victims get their power back

    Team Shaw’s volunteer victim advocates work within the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program to provide crucial services to individuals who experience sexual assault, such as conducting nonclinical assessments, coordinating referrals and accompanying victims to appointments including medical evaluations and investigative interviews.
  • Family Orientation and English-Language Programs

    Visit the International Family Support Organization (IFSO) page for more information on all family programs.   Family Orientations. Spouses and adult dependents (ages 18 and up) will have the opportunity to learn about important topics, including U.S. healthcare, emergency procedures, severe weather, and school systems.  The orientation is a fun
  • Chalk Talk: New Year's resolutions

    U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ebonie Hills, enlisted PME instructor and professional bodybuilder, spotlights fitness in this video news series: Chalk Talk.
  • Energy and Leadership

    Why is it important to know the different types of energy and how they relate to organizations? It is important because leaders are the custodians of the organizational energy. Leaders decide when and on what to spend the organizational energy. At any given moment, leaders are either adding to or using up organizational energy. Using up organizational energy is not bad or should not be frowned upon. Leaders have to use organizational energy to conduct the mission. However, leaders should be cognizant of their use of organizational energy and what the energy is applied toward.
  • Employee Assistance Program has new phone number, website

    The Air Force Employee Assistance Program, EAP, has a new phone number and website. EAP is a professional service that provides information, consultation, problem-solving counseling, resource identification and support to all Air Force civilian employees and their immediate family members.
  • Stand down, stand up: 1 FW starts Ready Airmen Program

    The 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, leads the way in combat capability and lethality in current operations worldwide, and serves as America's premier air dominance wing, led by next generation Airmen, integrated with its mission partners, and ready to fly, fight, and win...anytime, anyplace. In order to operate at this capacity, the Ready Aircrew Program establishes the minimum number of live training events and simulator missions that aircrews must complete during the annual training cycle to maintain readiness. But that does not prepare against all enemies.
  • Family care plans ease deployment stress

    Deployments can be stressful, not only for the service members but for their families also. A family care plan can help.
  • PACAF’s largest Multi-Service Unit supports JBER resiliency

    The Pacific Air Force’s largest multi-service unit supports installation resiliency by caring for people. At the hospital on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, the MSU provides inpatient services for all military members and their families, Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs patients other than labor and delivery, intensive care, and psychiatric inpatients.
  • Air Force studies fatigue, sleep to enhance readiness

    Researchers with the Air Force Research Laboratory 711th Human Performance Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, are looking for ways to better equip Airmen and their leadership with crucial data to ensure that Airmen are getting the necessary rest to maximize mission execution. A team of human performance experts is looking at sleep and fatigue from several perspectives. They are tracking sleep habits in pilots and other operators, while also evaluating sleep-monitoring technology to ensure its accuracy and ability to work in an operational setting.
  • Westover Citizen Airmen support annual community meal

    Establishing and maintaining positive community relations are the cornerstones of Westover Air Reserve Base’s ‘good neighbor’ policy. Nearly 20 Airmen from the Patriot Wing strengthened that bond recently by serving a holiday meal to over 620 area senior citizens.
  • Commissary, Military Service Exchange, and MWR access extended to more Veterans beginning January

    New law provides eligible Veterans and Primary Family Caregivers with access to DoD and Coast Guard commissaries, exchanges, and morale, welfare, and recreation retail services.
  • Swamp Fox pause for Resiliency Stand-Down

    U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein ordered all wings across the Air Force to stand down for a day and focus on suicide prevention and resiliency after an increase of suicides in the Air Force, the SCANG held theirs in conjunction with an afternoon of family time.
  • Gold Star Holiday Tree stands as symbol for those who made ultimate sacrifice

    For the second consecutive year, Robins’ Airman & Family Readiness Center is helping Gold Star families honor the memory of their loved ones who died in military conflicts with a special holiday tree, adorned in ornaments commemorating each life lost.
  • Connecting during the holidays

    In WWII as in these days, military leadership recognized contact with loved ones while on deployment boosts morale. This is especially true during the holidays.
  • Connecting during the holidays

    In WWII as in these days, military leadership recognized contact with loved ones while on deployment boosts morale. This is especially true during the holidays.
  • Groceries for the holidays; taking care of JBLE families

    Newport News Public Schools partnered with the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank and the Food Lion Feeds organization to host a holiday food distribution at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Dec. 11, 2019.
  • Spotlight: Airman and Family Readiness

    Amy Mathias was recently named the new 139th Airman and Family Readiness program manager. She oversees the wing’s Resiliency Center which is made up of various support element aimed at providing resources for Airmen and their families.
  • Disabled veterans, caregivers granted access to MacDill’s military exchange, commissary, recreation facilities

    Beginning Jan. 1, all service-connected disabled veterans, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war and primary veteran caregivers will be eligible to access military installations worldwide including MacDill AFB. The newly eligible customers, about 4 million in all, will also be able to shop the military exchanges, commissaries and use certain morale, welfare and recreation activities. The expanded privileges and access are the result of the Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018.
  • Transition Assistance Program changes to better prepare Airmen

    Under the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, the United States military has changed its policies with regards to the Transition Assistance Program for service members who are separating or retiring from service. Service members are now required to complete a pre-separation briefing and individualized initial counseling no later than 365 days out from their separation or retirement date. This allows them more time to make crucial decisions about the next steps in their lives. It also allows organizations like the Airman and Family Readiness Center on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, to offer Airmen more individualized support.
  • #mondaymotivation: Dec. 9

    This week's motivation is from Henry Ford, an automobile manufacturer, who said: "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."
  • Air Force Surgeon General updates Congress on medical reform

    Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, Air Force Surgeon General, testified Dec. 5, before the House Armed Services Committee’s Military Personnel subcommittee updating them on medical reform in the Air Force.
  • Wright-Patt civilians learn about benefits at information fair

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Nearly 400 civilian employees came out to the first “ThanksCIVing” Information Fair on Nov. 21 at the USO.Put on by the Affirmative Employment Program, the fair gave civilians an opportunity to come to one central location and learn about benefits and services available to them as employees of
  • Ramstein deployed Airman helps those coming home: Airlifter of the Week

    An Airman from the Deployment Transition Center was awarded Airlifter of the Week, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 25, 2019.
  • AF Academy’s ‘host wing’ commander concentrates on community, family

    10th Air Base Wing commander says his years of military service have 'never seemed like work'
  • Family Advocacy Program team teaches new course

    Dennis Wright is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Dyess Air Force Base. In his office on the third floor of the 7th Medical Group building, his warm eyes peer out from behind eyeglasses.He explains that this year, the Family Advocacy Program team has taught Positive Psychology to more than 400 Airmen with a 98% approval rating.Family Advocacy
  • Long Ranger Resilience: Col. Dennis Britten

    As part of an on-going series of features and interviews on resiliency, we highlight a Reserve Citizen Airman of the 307th Bomb Wing who has overcome obstacles to improve themselves and the Air Force. This month, we feature Col. Dennis Britten, 307th Medical Squadron commander whose work ethic and never-say-quit attitude have been instrumental in shaping his career and the careers of those around him.
  • Thanksgiving 2019: Commander’s holiday message for Team Hill

    In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a federal holiday dedicated to reflecting upon all that our country had to be grateful for. As we enter this Thanksgiving season, I am constantly reminded of all that we have to be thankful for here at Hill Air Force Base.
  • In a Moment: Providing rescue aid

    ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England – Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do, are the foundational principles instilled into all Airmen. They are the core values of what it means to be a member of the U.S. Air Force. On Oct. 28, 2019, two Liberty Wing Airmen exemplified all three core values when they answered the call to action during a routine temporary duty assignment in Gran Canaria, Spain.
  • SAPR Program assists victims, spreads awareness

    Sexual assault victims may feel like their power has been taken away from them, but the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program helps victims gain that power back. Moody’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) team supports victims of sexual assault providing them with information, resources and options regarding the next steps to regain their power.
  • Seeking Help, Getting Help

    For the second time in his career, Master Sgt. Jaime Moran was feeling “off,” worrying excessively about little things – lots and lots of little things. The first time it happened, he was serving at his second duty station at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, just a few years after joining the Air Force in 2005.  The “off” feeling started with
  • Are you sad or are you SAD?

    It’s that time of year again, when the warm summer fades into autumn chills and frosty winters. The skies become grayer and the sun barely shines. For some, autumn and winter are welcome breaks from the summer heat; but for others, the change in seasons may cause dread. Some individuals suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, also referred to as Depressive Disorder, with the seasonal pattern. As the name suggests, it’s a form of depression that occurs during the seasonal change, particularly after summer until spring.
  • ROCKI 20-01, insider’s perspective: The chaplain

    Beginning on Nov. 4, 2019, more than 500 Airmen from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, tackled a full spectrum readiness exercise to ensure Airmen are prepared to perform the necessary tasks in a highly contested environment.
  • Share your truth: It will be okay

    “I’m going to die.”Was the repeat thought in the mind of Master Sgt. Randi Ross, 926th Wing yellow ribbon program coordinator, as she sat on the phone with her doctor days before Christmas in 2016. She listened in disbelief as her doctor told her she had ductal carcinoma in situ.“I knew what it meant, breast cancer, but I just kept saying you must
  • ADAPT stands ready to assist

    According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and analyzed by the Delphi Behavioral Health Group, the average service member binge drinks 41 days of the year. That’s five or more drinks on one occasion once every nine days. The KAB Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program stands ready to assist those struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction.
  • TEDx returns to Hill Air Force Base

    TEDx returned to Hill Air Force Base after a two-year hiatus. “Stories of Success and Inspiration” was the theme for the base’s newly revived TEDx Talks program. Three speakers presented to military and civilian Airmen Oct. 17 on the shop floor of building 843. Topics covered self-limiting beliefs, breaking the mold, and everyday excellence.
  • Back in session: courts-martial return to Incirlik

    It was a sobering message not just for those in the hot-seat, but for all who witnessed the trial.
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  • Eleventh Air Force holds senior enlisted leaders workshop

    More than 40 senior enlisted leaders and civilians from across the Eleventh Air Force attended a two-day workshop centered around group discussions of best practices and strategies focused on resiliency at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 6 and 7, 2019.
  • Eleventh Air Force holds senior enlisted leaders workshop

    More than 40 senior enlisted leaders and civilians from across the Eleventh Air Force attended a two-day workshop centered around group discussions of best practices and strategies focused on resiliency at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 6 and 7, 2019.
  • IRTAs train Airmen on resilience skill sets, foster resiliency across the installation

    Robins is bringing integrated resilience training assistants on board to train Airmen how to be resilient no matter what they face in life. IRTAs are resilience soft-skill experts who assist master resilience trainers with fostering resilience across the installation.
  • Taking care of Airmen: How the AF Academy's Peak Performance Center helped a cadet recover

    The Peak Performance Center at the U.S. Air Force Academy helps cadets overcome challenges.
  • Taking care of Airmen: How the AF Academy's Peak Performance Center helped a cadet recover

    The Peak Performance Center at the U.S. Air Force Academy helps cadets overcome challenges.
  • Prioritizing the Health of the Force

    The 128th Air Refueling Wing hosted the Bi-Annual Community Commanders Call on behalf of Zablocki Veterans Affairs and Milwaukee Vet Center 12 Nov. 2019 at Sijan Hall, General Mitchell Air National Guard Base.
  • Airmen to celebrate Thanksgiving, stay resilient

    For a lot of people, Thanksgiving is a holiday that encourages families to gather and celebrate together, however that can be challenging for Airmen living in the dorms.Airman 1st Class Katie Naquin, 50th Force Support Squadron customer service journeyman, said she understands the struggles of distance from family during Thanksgiving.“Being away
  • 100th ARW hosts second resiliency tactical pause

    The 100th Air Refueling Wing hosted its second Resilience Tactical Pause Nov. 7 – 8, 2019 at RAF Mildenhall, England. The first day of the tactical pause consisted of three all-calls with two guest speakers, one of which was hosted for Team Mildenhall spouses and dependents. The theme of the RTP was the “Take Ten” intiative, which discussed the idea that it takes only just 10 minutes to make a change.
  • Vaping, e-cigs: The danger is real

    As of Oct. 29, 2019, over 1,800 lung injury cases and 37 deaths have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the only commonality among all cases is the patient’s use of e-cigarette or vaping products.
  • A1C Lopez: Aiming for Greatness

    Airman 1st Class Priscila Lopez, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron operations management field professional, seems like a shy, reserved and quiet young woman at first glance; but when she performs her duties, a strong Airman emerges.
  • New financial readiness training coming in November

    Beginning Nov. 15, financial readiness training will be required for all Reserve Citizen Airmen at defined touchpoints throughout their military career.
  • Keeping the Pack Strong: Your Chapel Team

    Most service members know the chapel offers worship services on Sundays and bible studies, while providing a safe place to pray no matter what religion they believe in, but they also offer so much more.
  • The Lighthouse; guiding young Airmen to hope

    The official opening and ribbon-cutting of the Lighthouse was held in Larcher Chapel, here, Nov. 1.The Lighthouse is a part of the Larcher Chapel where permanent party Airmen, airman basic to senior airmen, can interact and build connections with one another.“We chose the name ‘The Lighthouse’ because the lighthouse is the ultimate symbol of hope,”
  • 59th MDW Wingman Day; resiliency, challenge and purpose

    Warrior Medics and Airmen from across Joint Base San Antonio battled it out for bragging rights, and the commander's sword and shield during the 59th Medical Wing’s annual Wingman Day-Warrior Medic Challenge Nov. 1 at the Gillum Fitness Center.Wingman Day brings together active-duty and civilian Airmen from the Wing’s six groups promoting a day of
  • A Role Model for Resiliency

    “It is time for me to give back now.” Chief Master Sergeant Ericka E. Kelly, Ret., said these words with commitment and conviction.The audience in her presence was still, attentive and focused on the delivery of her story. She spoke of her personal journey that shaped her into the successful and caring women she has become and her continuous inner
  • What you don't know can hurt you

    The 916th Air Refueling Wing discuss psychological health in the Air Force and the resources available to help Airmen manage life obstacles.
  • Spiritual healing in our darkest hour

    Members of the 633rd Air Base Wing Chaplain Team on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, volunteered with community members from Newport News, Virginia, to participate in Community Emergency Response Team training, October 19, 2019.
  • Fitness guru keeps Duke Field fit to fight

    Physical fitness is so engrained in the military way of life, most Citizen Air Commandos don’t think twice about what it takes to run their wing’s fitness program. They show up on the scheduled date and time, take their fitness assessment, and then get back to the business of providing combat capability.At the 919th Special Operations Wing,
  • Friends, Partners, Allies: Kadena, Okinawa celebrates Trunk-or-Treat

    To celebrate Halloween, a holiday steeped in American tradition, Team Kadena and Okinawa Children’s World Zoo and Museum hosted the Trunk-or-Treat event in Okinawa City, Oct. 28th. During the event, kids went from trunk to trunk collecting candy with U.S. military members and their families, who decorated the trunks of their cars and dressed up for the Halloween-themed event. They also played games and took pictures with U.S. military members in costume.
  • The Kirtland Violence Prevention Program calls for changing behaviors and taking care of others during Domestic Violence Prevention Month

    Domestic violence and many of the surrounding issues go against the three fundamental and enduring Air Force values: integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. Whether witnessed, affected personally, or never encountered, domestic violence plays a role in our everyday lives. Edith Wegner, 377th Air Base Wing violence prevention integrator, encourages Team Kirtland to be aware of the reasons why domestic violence exists, what it is, and what we can do to help prevent it.
  • ACC exemplifies resilience during walk

    Throughout his tenure at Air Combat Command, General Mike Holmes, commander of ACC, has emphasized the importance of not only being physically fit, but also being mentally fit and resilient. As part of this initiative, Holmes led a “resiliency walk” for uniformed and civilian Airmen on the ACC staff here, Oct. 25.
  • 100th LRS holds safety event to underline dangers of drunk driving

    The 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron worked together to put on an event to educate Airmen on the dangers of drunk driving and how to prevent it Oct. 11, 2019, on RAF Mildenhall. Working with Suffolk Police and Airmen from the 48th Medical Operations Squadron Alcohol and Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the 100th LRS spent weeks putting the event together.
  • Trunk or Treating

    Base families turn out for the annual Trunk or Treat Fall Fest. The family friendly event hosted by the 96th Force Support Squadron featured a trunk or treat, hay rides, carnival games, slides, climbing walls and much more.
  • Angels in the Arctic: Alaska Air National Guardsmen rescue bear-mauling victim

    Alaska Air National Guardsmen rescue bear-mauling victim
  • CRW Airmen enhance mobility readiness during exercise Green Flag

    Airmen from the 621st Contingency Response Wing based out of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, and Travis Air Force Base, California, coordinated air mobility operations during exercise Green Flag Little Rock, Oct. 19-27.
  • Murderball comes to Edwards during NDEAM

    A special demonstration event for wheelchair rugby was held at the base gym at Edwards Air Force Base, Oct. 24, to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Wheelchair rugby, also known as murderball, is a team event closely resembling rugby, however it is played entirely in modified wheelchairs. The demonstration was spearheaded by Andrew Skinner, the founder of the Triumph Foundation.
  • Team Kingsley hosts annual Family Day event

    Each year as fall arrives with crisp air and changing leaves the 173rd Fighter Wing hosts a family day for Airmen and their loved ones, bringing the larger Kingsley Field family together for camaraderie and fun, Oct. 20, 2019.
  • Airmen who vape accept unnecessary risks

    With the use of electronic cigarettes on the rise, concerned Air Force health officials warn of the possible side effects of these devices. According to Alicia Ferris-Dannenberg, the 509th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron health promotion coordinator, vape use at Team Whiteman increased from 5.2 to 9.5 percent from 2017 to 2019.
  • Airman uses problem-solving skills to help wingmen

    The Rickenbacker spotlight for the month of October goes to MSgt Derek Kirkwood. Kirkwood serves as the Quality Assurance Manager for the Comptroller Flight here at the 121st Air Refueling Wing. He uses his position to help problem-solve and care for his fellow airmen, and his efforts have not gone unnoticed by leadership.
  • 23d CES gets spooky, gives back

    Since 1978, Moody’s civil engineers have taken what the Air Force has taught them and given back to the base and community. The 23d Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) is hosting the 40th Moooody Haunted House Oct. 25, 26 and 31 in Valdosta, Ga.
  • Health Beat: October highlights Domestic Violence awareness

    Every minute in the United States, nearly 20 people suffer physical abuse at the hands of an intimate partner, equating to more than 10 million women and men each year.“Whether you wear a uniform or not, violence exists and our job is to make sure we’re there to support someone regardless of rank, position, marital status or sexual orientation,”
  • The ice brings brotherhood to disabled veterans

    On Oct. 3 – 6, 2019, the Nebraska Warriors hockey team travelled to Las Vegas, Nevada, to participate in the fourth annual United States of America Hockey Warrior Classic.
  • Vaping: Let's clear the air

    With the emergence of new health reports, electronic cigarettes and other vaping products have been called into question nationwide regarding their effects on the human body.
  • NAWCAD Lakehurst Disability Employment Awareness event highlights equal opportunity, access

    Providing equal opportunity and access were the topics of discussion during the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) event Oct. 10 at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Lakehurst. The NAWCAD Lakehurst Individuals with Disabilities Advisory Team (IWDAT) and Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Creating a culture of caring

    Each month, the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) will feature a different theme that is tied to the overall mission of the congressionally mandated and federally funded program.
  • A heart for people: Helping deployed families

    Military families face unique struggles that come from a family member’s commitment to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. During these difficult times, a helping hand is an essential thing to have and to give in the military community. Support is a common language for military spouses and children.
  • Military members get active with special needs children

    Every month, active duty volunteers from the Kaiserslautern Military Community take time to play with special needs children of DoD personnel during Vogelweh Gym Sessions.
  • Col. Christopher J. King and Robert E. Vick Jr. speak at the hero and EFMP wellness and information fair

    The Airman and Family Readiness Flight hosted a hero and exceptional family member program wellness and information fair on Oct. 11 in the Rio Grande Community Center.
  • Keeping the Pack Strong: Your Military Family Life Counselor

    The Military Family Life Counseling Program helps support military members and their families during various life challenges through short-term, non-medical counseling services, at no cost.
  • Hurricane Michael: One year later

    By wind and water it came. Before leaving, Hurricane Michael nearly took with it what had taken more than 70 years of history to build. In its wake, the category 5 storm left behind a historic tragedy – although 12 months have passed, remains evident. The day of the storm began with a Tyndall Air Force Base, several nearby towns and the people who live and work there, intact. By dusk, life had dramatically changed. The base and surrounding communities took a direct hit from the third-largest hurricane to strike the continental United States. The storm damaged 95 percent of installation buildings and 100 percent of housing, many beyond repair.
  • Academy cadet remains resilient despite MS diagnosis

    Garrett Tuin was playing ping-pong with friends last year when he realized he couldn’t see the ball.
  • Long Ranger Resilience: Staff Sgt. Jackson Stogsdill

    Each month, we highlight a Reserve Citizen Airman of the 307th Bomb Wing who has overcome obstacles to improve themselves and the Air Force. In October, we are featuring Staff Sgt. Jackson Stogsdill, an aircrew flight equipment journeyman with the 307th Operations Support Squadron.
  • Seeing the bigger picture

    Capt. Genesis Guerrero, a chaplain for the 39th Air Base Wing, was 17 years old when his family almost fell apart.
  • Texas Air Guardsman, single mother talks resilience

    Frozen in what one can only describe as a nightmare, Staff Sgt. Kimberly Gaona clenched Kiyana, her 13 year-old daughter’s hand in a hospital room and held back tears as she faced the harrowing reality that no parent wishes to face.
  • Goldfein emphasizes fitness by walking (actually, running) the walk

    By the time he finished 13.1 miles later, the 59-year-old Goldfein was able to claim a personal achievement and something larger – a hard to miss statement from the highest levels about the critical role fitness plays in assuring that the Air Force meets every mission, every time and everywhere.
  • Family uses own tragedy to spread awareness

    Suicide is an unfortunate reality that many experts strive to expand their knowledge and data on every day. People who have been around this reality generally know more than others.One Dyess Airman recently married his wife, and also gained her three children. In doing so he gained four people who love him; he also gained four people who need his
  • JBSA ‘We Care Carnival’ highlights SHARP, equal opportunity and more

    Joint Base San Antonio hosted its first “We Care Carnival” event Sept. 19, highlighting Sexual Harassment, Assault Response and Prevention, Equal Opportunity, Army Substance Abuse Program and chaplain programs.
  • Wounded Warrior speaks so others can

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – As Air Force suicides trend upward, Wounded Warriors like retired Master Sgt. Adam Boccher are pleading with Airmen through their own stories to share the burden of breaking barriers before barriers break them.“I thought that if I asked for help, I would look weak. I couldn’t look weak,” said Boccher, Air
  • No one cares what you know until they know that you care

    No one cares what you know until they know that you care. Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Neary, 21st Security Forces Squadron operations superintendent at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado, has lived by that motto for the 19 years of his military service.
  • Defender continues family legacy, seeks to pay it forward

    Family business is as any business in which two or more family members are involved and the majority of ownership or control lies within a family.
  • SAPR program seeks volunteer victim advocates

    Volunteer victim advocates play a huge role in the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program at Travis AFB by providing support, liaison services and care to sexual assault survivors.
  • Running for resilience

    Eighteen years after the 9/11 attacks, the men and women of the United States Air Force remain dedicated to defending the nation. Surprisingly, the Air Force is currently losing more Airmen to suicide than combat. This past summer Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein directed unit commanders around the world to hold a “resilience tactical pause” to listen to Airmen and hopefully, get them the help they need. Merriam Webster defines resilience as the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. To increase resilience, some people turn to physical fitness.
  • 173rd FW SAPR Office hosts state police brief: protecting children in the cyber world

    The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office at the 173rd Fighter Wing initiated a new program called Community Connections, which is bringing members of the community and base Airmen together through various events. These events include a SAPR 5K run, a briefing by the local chapter of the Wounded Warrior Project, and most recently brought two local Oregon State Police Detectives to the base to explain how internet-based crime is affecting local children, Sept. 6, 2019.
  • Fairchild SAPR launches CATCH program

    Team Fairchild’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response team implemented a new Department of Defense-wide, confidential sexual assault reporting program Aug. 5, for victims of sexual assault to provide information about their incident. The Catch a Serial Offender program, or CATCH, allows sexual assault victims who file a restricted report to confidentially provide information about the suspect and incident to military criminal investigators to identify individuals suspected of multiple sexual assault incidents.
  • CATCH program targets sexual offenders

    The Catch a Serial Offender program is designed to identify serial sexual assault perpetrators with the help of victims.
  • JB Charleston prepares for hurricane, reaches HURCON 2

    Joint Base Charleston has reached Hurricane Condition Two alert status as of 10:00 a.m. Sept. 03, 2019, due to weather conditions projected by Hurricane Dorian.
  • Col. Boehle talks resiliency and CSAF’s Resilience Tactical Pause

    Air Force Individual Reservists (IR) are the absolute best our nation has to offer.  They have unlimited opportunities to serve in an extremely flexible status that provides valuable skills to their organization while building and sustaining their warfighting skills.  An IR’s unit has operational control for their members and are the most connected
  • Female Airman earns a Ranger tab

    U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Chelsey Hibsch became the first Air Force female Airman to earn the tab.
  • Beginning the discussion: Ramstein takes tactical pause

    The 86th Airlift Wing and mission partners participated in an Air Force-directed resiliency tactical pause on Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 30, 2019.Approximately 5,800 Airmen and German and American civilians assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing began the day by attending an all call with Brig. Gen. Mark August, 86th AW commander. Airmen then broke off to
  • Suicide Prevention Month: Changing the narrative

    September is National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. Airmen are encouraged to change the narrative and combat the stigma associated with seeking help without fear of negative career implications.
  • Peterson Airmen save life

    In the beginning of August, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein ordered all wings to stand down for a day and focus on resiliency and suicide prevention due to the alarming increase of suicide rates in the U.S. Air Force in 2019.
  • Commander speaks at Women’s Equality Day panel

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Col. Regina “Torch” Sabric, 419th Fighter Wing commander, shared stories from her life and career at the Women’s Equality Day panel discussion here Aug. 26.The panel aimed to raise awareness on how women in the armed forces, public service, and government have served the nation by working to clear barriers, enforce laws,
  • Wounded warrior talks resiliency during tactical pause

    In the wake of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein’s Resiliency Tactical Pause directive, Master Sgt. Jose E. Rijos, Air Force Wounded Warrior ambassador, recounted the traumas of his career with his service dog, Cairo, at his side.
  • Team Fairchild takes Resilience Tactical Pause

    Team Fairchild hosted three base-wide all calls as part of the Air Force-wide Resilience Tactical Pause implemented by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright on August 7 at the base theater.
  • AFGSC commander visits Dyess, emphasizes Resilience Tactical Pause

    Gen. Tim Ray, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, his wife, Rhonda, and Chief Master Sgt. Charles Hoffman, Command Chief of Air Force Global Strike Command, visited Dyess Air Force Base Aug. 22 to tour various facilities and speak with Airmen and their families.During an all-call with 7th Bomb Wing Airmen, Ray emphasized the importance of
  • AFGSC Commander visits Dyess, emphasizes Resilience Tactical Pause

    Gen. Tim Ray, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, his wife, Rhonda, and Chief Master Sgt. Charles Hoffman, Command Chief of Air Force Global Strike Command, visited Dyess Air Force Base Aug. 22 to tour various facilities and speak with Airmen and their families.During an all-call with 7th Bomb Wing Airmen, Ray emphasized the importance of
  • Black Knights commit to building resilience, strengthening Herk Nation

    Recently, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein directed all wings to stand down for a day to begin a dialogue among Airmen and stemming self-destructive behavior. The 19th Airlift Wing responded with a resilience tactical pause on Aug. 14, 2019, in which Airmen could collectively take a step back from the mission and discuss pressing issues they are facing.
  • New DOD Program Leaves Sexual Predators Nowhere to Hide

    A new Defense Department program called Catch a Serial Offender, or "CATCH," aims to make it more difficult for perpetrators of sexual assault to evade identification and capture by law enforcement. While the new tool isn't good news for offenders, it's expected to allow victims making a restricted report of sexual assault — a reporting mechanism that allows a victim to remain confidential — to help investigators do a better job of finding wrongdoers and bring them to justice.
  • Air University’s SOS revamps Think Tank model, AI-aided PCS proposal draws attention

    Faculty at Air University’s Squadron Officer School have streamlined and updated a popular elective designed to challenge students to come up with creative solutions to some of the Air Force’s nagging problems.
  • Air Force Marathon volunteers are vital to marathon’s success

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Marathon is seeking 2,600 volunteers to help with the race in September and longtime volunteers husband and wife duo Walter and Deniece Chin can attest to how rewarding it is to play a role in this annual event.    Looking for something that they could do together while giving back to the
  • Finding a Way Through Depression

    His marriage ended on ugly terms. He had been depressed for months. He feared negative consequences to his career so he shared little of what he was going through with his friends and supervisor. Then, Senior Airman Michael Drinkwater made a plan that finally gave him a sense of relief.  But, it wasn’t relief from a plan to get well. Instead,
  • Service members required to visit clinic prior to international travel

    With summer in full swing, families may be preparing to travel locally or to international locations. Preparation for such trips generally center on what to bring, such as personal items and clothing.
  • 20th MDG realigns squadrons for more efficient medical care

    The 20th Medical Group held a change of command and redesignation ceremony, July 18.
  • Reserve suspends fitness assessments

    Air Force Reserve is suspending Fitness Assessments through the month of August to comply with changes to the Fitness Screening Questionnaire that are effective immediately. Changes were made to the FSQ to improve the safety, health, and welfare of all Citizen Airmen. Suspending the FA for AFR members in July/August affords members the opportunity
  • Building stronger Airmen through Resiliency Total Force Partnerships

    The stress of performing operations for an extended time, frequent deployments and exposure to extreme violence eventually takes a toll on Airmen. The 655th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing, 718th Intelligence Squadron, makes taking care of Airmen a priority, providing services and events designed to discuss and actively participate in team resilience training.
  • 2019 Hurricane season readiness

    Hurricane season began June 1, and continues through November 30. The peak risk of hurricanes in the Hampton Roads area occurs late August through late October.
  • Peterson defenders host first-ever Suicide Prevention Summit

    “How many more [suicides] is it going to take before something other than quarterly resilience training and getting handed a suicide hotline magnet in FTAC [First Term Airman Center] comes down from the top?”That was the question Staff Sgt. Danny Wittman, 21st Security Forces Squadron unit deployment manager said he had on his heart following the
  • Unresolved trauma can lead to PTSD

    It is just another routine day with the same route to work, place to eat and office conversations until it is suddenly interrupted by a sound, smell or familiar face that triggers a flood of overwhelming emotions.
  • Students participate in STEM activities as part of 2019 Reach for the Stars Competition

    Area students spent a Saturday during their summer break to participate in a rocket launching competition called Reach for the Stars.Members of the Tennessee Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Coffee County Airfoilers, volunteers from Arnold Air Force Base, and Olga Oakley, the Air Force Science, Technology,
  • Contractors credited with saving life of co-worker

    When a member of their construction crew went into cardiac arrest on the jobsite at Arnold Air Force Base, Robert Hart and Vincent “Red” Halligan did not hesitate.The two contactors, both of whom are with Morsey Constructors, acted quickly and administered CPR to their unconscious co-worker.Emergency responders at Arnold are crediting Hart and
  • Understanding Technology and Anxiety

    Do you ever find yourself scrolling through your newsfeed only to find you feel worse than you did the moment before?
  • Aviano Youth of the Year- Genavieve Osuna

    In the freezing cold winter, 15-year-old Chester Greenwood of Maine had enough of her ears being cold. So she decided to make a wire loop and asked her grandmother to sew fur onto the ends. She invented what we now know as earmuffs.
  • Director of psychological health assists with resilience, wellness

    Life can be great, but sometimes it’s not. People go through points in their lives where it can feel downright messy. Work demands, relationship conflicts, financial issues, and the loss of a loved one are just a few stressors people experience throughout this journey called life.During these dark times, people may need to talk to someone to get
  • Director of psychological health assists with resilience, wellness

    Life can be great, but sometimes it’s not. People go through points in their lives where it can feel downright messy. Work demands, relationship conflicts, financial issues, and the loss of a loved one are just a few stressors people experience throughout this journey called life. During these dark times, people may need to talk to someone to get
  • LGBT Journey to Service

    On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled on Obergefell v. Hodges, providing the fundamental right to marry to same-sex couples in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, guaranteeing not only the recognition of same-sex marriages throughout the country, but also the accompanying rights and responsibilities that were provided to marriages of opposite-sex couples. “I will always remember that day,” said Nathan Evans, 374th Force Support Squadron Unite program community cohesion coordinator. “It was on that day I jumped in my car and drove all the way from South Carolina to be there for that ruling. It was obviously a huge deal for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and everyone wanted to be there for another moment history. It was as if the entire LGBT world was right there in D.C., an endless sea of rainbow to celebrate what was another step on our road to equality.
  • Community Action Team provides assistance and resources for Airmen in need

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Every day stressors and major life events can get the best of us and cause the need to seek additional support to help travail through the challenges that impact our resilience and well-being.  At Wright-Patterson AFB, these resources are collectively known as the Community Action Team (formerly called
  • Developmental education opportunites for Reserve Citizen Airmen

    Air Force Reserve Citizen Airmen are selected every year to attend Developmental Education courses boarded through the Reserve School Selection Board (RSSB A&B), Reserve Developmental Education Designation Board (RDEDB), and Enlisted Developmental Education Board (EDEB). The boards are held quarterly over a five-day period at HQ Air Reserve
  • Airmen share vulnerabilities to inspire others

    The first ever “Owning Your Story” seminar took place at Joint Base Langley-Eustis July 10, 2019.
  • 19th AMXS Airman extinguishes fire, prevents injuries, saves assets

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Quincy Brayton, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flying crew chief, walked onto the flight line to begin his shift under the night sky not knowing the events that would soon unfold.
  • Clinics, patients turn to hyperbaric medicine

    “We call it the fog. It's like they’ve been awake for a few days straight,” said Col. (Dr.) Michael Richards, 59th Medical Specialty Squadron Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine section chief.“His wife had to finish his sentences. He could no longer take care of himself, really. He couldn’t manage his finances, he couldn’t drive, he couldn’t take care
  • Finding a Way Through Depression

    His marriage ended on ugly terms. He had been depressed for months. He feared negative consequences to his career so he shared little of what he was going through with his friends and supervisor. Then, Senior Airman Michael Drinkwater made a plan that finally gave him a sense of relief.  But, it wasn’t relief from a plan to get well. Instead,
  • Vice President Pence visits VAFB

    Vice President Mike Pence and Mrs. Karen Pence met with base leadership, Airmen and their families during a visit July 10, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
  • Back to school at Tyndall AFB Education Center

    Gulf Coast State College (GCSC) kicked off their first class since Hurricane Michael on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, June 20, 2019. Tyndall AFB and GCSC have a partnership which allows students to attain a Community College of the Air Force certification and other associates and/or bachelors degrees.
  • Readiness and Relationships

    The Arctic Engineers of the 673rd Civil Engineer Group, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, traveled to Gwangju Air Base, Korea in April to conduct a week-long base resiliency training event with local Republic of Korea (ROK) Air Force engineers.
  • Public education options continue to expand around Air University

    Air University and organizations across the River Region have made strides to improve public education options for military-affiliated children.
  • On base housing gets new shingles for roofs

    In August 2018, a damaging hail storm hit Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, damaging many of the Tierra Vista Community houses.Iris KirkPilger, TVC project director at Schriever AFB, is overseeing these repairs.“The hailstorm produced quarter plus sized hail,” she said. “This damaged the shingles on over 80 percent of the houses here, so we’re
  • New Air Force Officer Promotion system

    Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly, deputy chief of staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, gave a presentation about the suggested new promotion system for officers at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, July 9, 2019.
  • Schriever Airmen maintain readiness, sustainability through training

    The 50th Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency management flight helpsAirmen remain prepared professionally and personally for any conflict, response or humanitarian action demanding their support, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Tech. Sgt. Sam Norris, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management flight section chief, said one of his flight’s core task is to ensure Airmen are prepared for deployments.
  • Goodfellow program helps enable lifelong learning, prioritizes Airman development

    Air Education and Training Command’s Continuum of Learning strives to create a training environment that yields lifelong learning and prioritizes Airman development. In support of this vision, the 17th Training Group created the Student Success Program.
  • Child care options while on the CDC waitlist

    The waitlist for the Peterson Air Force Base CDC varies daily. The various aspects that determine your wait time are the program your child needs to be enrolled in, the number of daily registrations, and the different priority levels of those registrations. Although this may seem to be an added stress, the CDC has a couple of solutions that will help you find care while you are on the waitlist.
  • Aim high! Utilize health, wellness coaching

     Life isn’t easy. That concept resonates with many people, without discrimination, and Reserve Citizen Airmen are no exception.   Whether it’s problems at home, stress at work, becoming a new parent or deploying, Airmen may find themselves struggling at one or various points in their careers. Mental, physical and emotional barriers can all chip
  • Taking Initiative: Samira's Story

    Drunken driving and alcohol-related incidents put lives and careers at risk of a tragic end. The consequences impact not only the victim and the offender, but the mission and welfare of the community. While Okinawa’s bars and izakayas may offer some of the best food, drinks and entertainment on the island, the Kadena Shoguns take a firm stance against drunken driving.
  • Former gymnasts find balance at Hanscom

    HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Tiffany Cote hires Hanscom acquisition professionals and her brother, Christopher Lung, helps them develop successful buying strategies.The pair work in the same office and are at the beginning of what they expect to be the kind of long, fulfilling careers the siblings saw both their parents enjoy as civil
  • Rapid acquisition leads to rapid success for Air Force small business partner

    Rapid success in contracting has earned Air Force representatives an invite to the opening of the Nasdaq Stock Market July 3 in New York City.
  • Patient impaled with firework underscores need for safety

    Fireworks won’t be the only thing skyrocketing on the Fourth of July. Injuries will also be on the rise if people light up the sky without keeping safety in mind. One San Antonio resident found out the hard way that fireworks festivities can backfire in life-changing ways in a split second.
  • Patient impaled with firework underscores need for safety

    Fireworks won’t be the only thing skyrocketing on the Fourth of July. Injuries will also be on the rise if people light up the sky without keeping safety in mind. One San Antonio resident found out the hard way that fireworks festivities can backfire in life-changing ways in a split second.
  • Tech. Sgt. Courtney Richardson: “From one Airman to another, ask for help and never give up”

    The old saying goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words. Since 2004, Tech. Sgt. Courtney Richardson has been telling the Air Force story through pictures as a public affairs photojournalist. “Serving as a photographer has been a great job; I would not trade it for any other job in the Air Force,” said Richardson. “A lot of people think that our
  • Whiteman AFB Fitness Center renovations continue

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, partnered with contractors from Expert Maintenance, are nearly a month into extensive renovations to the base fitness center locker rooms.
  • Master resilience trainers enhance wellness

    Resilience is the capacity to recover from life’s difficulties; the ability to be knocked down by life and come back as strong as before. Some people come by it naturally, succeeding despite incredibly difficult circumstances.Even if someone doesn’t come by it as natural as other people, the good news is that resilience can be learned, said Chief
  • Synchronizing services: EO, SAPR and SVC co-locate

    The 86th Airlift Wing Equal Opportunity office, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office and the Special Victims Council are relocating to Building 404, Room 2 on Ramstein in a collocated space behind the Dental Squadron.
  • Running with faith: an Airman’s journey to redemption

    Standing there with a knife in hand and cold-hearted from the most devastating news of his life, Master Sgt. Brandan “Troy” Keel contemplated an irreversible decision. Looking into his wife’s eyes after learning she was pregnant with another man’s baby, he couldn’t fathom living anymore. Suicide, he thought, was imminent.
  • Enlisted town hall takeaway; you do not walk alone

    Chief Master Sgt. Kahn Scalise, the 302nd Airlift Wing command chief, hosted an enlisted town hall at the base auditorium here June 1, to speak directly with the wing's enlisted Reserve Citizen Airmen about wellness, resilience and communication.
  • Town Hall provides housing issue updates

    Base residents were invited to the Tinker Club recently for a residents-only Town Hall which provided updates on the ongoing improvements being made to base housing as well as the legal options that residents have for damaged property reimbursement.Members of Tinker Air Force base leadership and leadership from Balfour Beatty Communities were in
  • Running with faith: an Airman’s journey to redemption

    ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Standing there with a knife in hand and cold-hearted from the most devastating news of his life, Master Sgt. Brandan “Troy” Keel contemplated an irreversible decision. Looking into his wife’s eyes after learning she was pregnant with another man’s baby, he couldn’t fathom living anymore. Suicide, he thought, was
  • Congratulations to Air Force SAPR Award Winners

    The Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office awarded Dr. Mamie Futrell of Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, the Air Force exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator of the Year, and the Air Force awarded Elenah Kelly of Pope Army Air Field, North Carolina, the Exceptional SAPR Victim Advocate of the Year and the
  • A healing touch: veteran provides massage therapy to PTSD patients

    Tucked away at the Shellbank Fitness Center is a soothing room filled with potted plants, soft lighting and a trickling waterfall, designed to create a relaxing atmosphere.
  • My ART was there when I needed them most

    In August 2018, I was assigned to shift work following my selection for promotion. I was excited to have the opportunity to work with the joint personnel on the operations watch floor, but nervous about meeting expectations required of my new rank.
  • Mind, Body & Soul: 315 AW New Director of Psychological Health is a Step in the Right Direction

    Stress, everyone has it and the 315th Airlift Wing’s new director of Psychological Health has answered the call to help combat just that at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. With a welcoming smile, “I’m excited about making a change,” said Brenda Edmond, 315 AW director of Psychological Health here. “You can’t grow if you’re not changing and I’m excited about being a part of the 315 AW’s close-knit family.”
  • Civil Engineer Airmen maintain mission readiness

    Engineering assistants from the 628th Civil Engineer Squadron out of Joint Base Charleston, S.C. and the 20th CES out of Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., discuss their mission plan during an aircraft crash analysis exercise June 5, 2019, at North Auxiliary Airfield, S.C. The exercise allowed Airmen to enhance their readiness and job knowledge by simulating an on-scene aircraft crash with real world requirements and standards. Air Force engineering assistants have the role of plotting out the positions of all debris pieces using global positioning devices during crash analysis operations. Engineering assistants specialize in planning and managing construction projects for military installations and ensuring that facilities and structures are able to operate at full capacity.
  • Deployed civilian assists in aftermath of Taliban attack

    Kathy Lawhon, Eglin’s housing chief, led a humanitarian effort for the survivors of a Taliban attack on British security compound during a 2018 deployment. (Courtesy photo)
  • 75th Anniversary of D-Day

    Seventy-five years ago on June 6, 1944, the allied powers in World War 2 embarked on the largest amphibious landing of all time and one of the largest airborne assaults with more than 150,000 troops onto five beaches on the northern coast of German-occupied France in Normandy.
  • Heart of the Team

    MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, FLA — Eleven spouses gathered in the 927th Air Refueling Wing Headquarters June 1, to participate in a Key Spouse Training. These 11 people were selected and appointed in writing by unit commanders to be official unit representatives for the U. S. Air Force Key Spouse program. The program strengthens family resilience and
  • AF EAP provides free, licensed support to civilians

    When looking for a recommendation for something like a restaurant, barber or mechanic it is easy to ask and get someone’s opinion. When it comes to issues about relationships, work and personal health, people are less likely to ask the question in the first place. However, there is a service available for all of these issues.
  • We’ve got orders: Reserve Citizen Airman helps guide spouses through military life challenges

    Every military family member at some point in his or her life has heard the words “we’ve got orders,” words that foreshadow challenges ahead. While family life is challenging for all, it is especially daunting for military-married-to-military couples for whom “we’ve got orders,” doesn’t always mean “we both have orders to the same place.”
  • Generous, Happy Heroes: Team Robins Donors Come Through Again

    Five Fridays each year, a routine yet always amazing event comes together in the Fitness Center Annex at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Over a hundred Team Robins employees gather to give blood that will ultimately end up on an overseas flight. These donations through the Armed Services Blood Program are lifesaving care packages sent to support warfighters deployed worldwide.
  • Memorial Day ceremony honors Medal of Honor recipient, pilot graduate

    Members of the 14th Flying Training Wing gathered in front of the Richard “Gene” Smith Plaza here during a Memorial Day ceremony May 28, paying tribute to Master Sgt. John Chapman, Medal of Honor recipient, and 1st Lt. David Albandoz, a former student pilot here.
  • Mindful living with the 509th MDG

    First and foremost, you only have one body and it has to last you a lifetime. As a military member, you are extremely valuable to the people of this country to perform expertly at all times, during stress, during war. Only a well-tuned body can be ready and stay ready to go to the fight and finish it.
  • Mindful living with the 509th MDG

    First and foremost, you only have one body and it has to last you a lifetime. As a military member, you are extremely valuable to the people of this country to perform expertly at all times, during stress, during war. Only a well-tuned body can be ready and stay ready to go to the fight and finish it.
  • Their race to resiliency

    On April 12-13, 2019, six determined members affiliated with Vandenberg Air Force Base participated in the So Cal Ragnar Relay Ultramarathon in Huntington Beach, Calif. Each member of the six-man team had to run anywhere from 26 to 36 miles of the Ragnar Relay to complete approximately 200 miles, with the race lasting overnight.
  • Cannon refines Commando Readiness Center with new welcoming program

    With the Commando Readiness Center up and running for over a year, it’s been through a few changes to increase its efficiency and relevance.Recently, the CRC has undergone Phase II of its plans to increase effectiveness by adding a welcoming program that new members of Cannon must check into within 24 hours of arrival on base.The new welcoming
  • Seeking mental health treatment: 49th Maintenance Group chief shares his experience with PTSD

    “Dealing with a traumatic event from 2011 in Afghanistan, I realize now that I probably needed help long before 2018, but at the time I felt like I’d figured out how to control the ghosts in my head. I forced myself to keep them at bay, and instead of dealing with my problems, I just let them fester,” recalled Chief Master Sgt. Eric Corvin, 49th Maintenance Group Quality Assurance superintendent, as he opened up about his post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Maintaining proper mental health

    May marks the 49th anniversary of Mental Health Awareness Month. For Airmen on Peterson Air Force Base, the mental health clinic provides services during times of stress, depression, grief, anxiety or a mental health concern.“There are a lot of reasons why people come to see us here at mental health,” said Maj. Judy Cole, 21st Medical Group Mental
  • Recognition for Innovative Programs During Suicide Prevention Month

    Misawa Air Base, Japan, received the Air Force installation Department of Defense Suicide Prevention Month Outreach Recognition Award in a ceremony at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes May 15.It’s an award no one really wants to claim. Accepting on behalf of his team’s efforts, 35th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Kristopher Struve, said, “I don’t want to be
  • Religious Support Teams with Task Force True North

    “When you’re down and troubled and you need a helping hand, and nothing, no nothing is going right.  Close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there to brighten up even your darkest night.” – Carole KingThe lyrics of the Carole King song, "Ain't it good to know that you've got a friend?" could sum up the intentions behind Task Force True
  • Spring event combines best of military resale activities

    FORT LEE, Va. — Five months after our New Year’s resolutions to eat and live healthier, the Healthy Lifestyle Festivals begin later this month at commissaries worldwide to help reaffirm any lagging resolve.“Commissaries are joining forces with their military resale partners and other activities to put renewed focus on helping service members and
  • Seymour Johnson AFB spouse wins Air Force level award

    Due to her efforts, Tinsley was presented the Armed Forces Insurance Air Force Spouse of the Year Award. This award recognizes her important contributions and commitment to the Air Force community and our country.
  • Welcome Center Helps Ease Transition to New Installation

    USAF Office of Resilience March 28, 2019 Task Force True North provides Air Force leaders at all levels the qualified personnel and tools needed to optimize performance and increase Airmen and Family resilience, helping them thrive in their personal and professional lives and encouraging a culture of interdependency, so that helping Wingmen and
  • Recite, repeat, believe: I will not die by my own hand

    May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, so for this year’s Wingman Day, the 21st Space Wing on Peterson Air Force Base will host Kevin Hines as the guest speaker Friday, May 17, 2019. Hines has been a mental health and suicide prevention advocate for almost 20 years. His work with the U.S. military stretches back to 2008, and he’s since received over 30 military excellence medals as a civilian and was recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Pause the stigma; continue the support

    Everyone has bad days and they often times impact a person's mental health. Mental health deals with the condition of an individual’s psychological and emotional well-being. “[It’s] just like your physical health, said Capt. Scott Deatherage, 379th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron behavioral health optimization program chief. “It is a spectrum with healthy on the optimal side and unhealthy on the other.” We are taught, being healthy means physically, socially, spiritually and lastly, mentally fit, the one many people push out of their line of sight. But ignoring any aspect of fitness, especially mental fitness can have a detrimental impacts to one’s life and military career. People find ways to become more physically fit, why not have the same attitude towards mental fitness?
  • Psychological Health Advocacy Program serves Citizen Airmen, families

    The Air Force Reserve Psychological Health Advocacy Program provides a free, confidential path to resources and services for reservists and their loved ones.One way PHAP representatives promote it is via 15 or more training events sponsored annually around the country by the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, which assists reservists and their
  • Tech. Sgt. McLean: Overcoming depression

    Dim lights shined on a dark path as a young man followed his guide toward a wooden elevator, which rested on the edge of a deep, seemingly endless cavern. Nerves begin to take over as the young explorer thought of what was to come. The cart begins its descent into the darkness, becoming immersed in the shadows, eliminating all sight and heightening the rest of his senses in a pointless attempt to gather any bearing. Being completely surrounded by darkness, the feeling of a heavy discomfort overtakes the young man who then, out of curiosity, reaches his hand out to find that he is completely surrounded by nothing. Through his experiences in that dark cave, this is how Tech. Sgt. Garry McLean describes his battle with depression.
  • Wingman Behind "Wingmen Connect" Shares Her Story

    By her own account, Staff Sgt. Shalese Tonks (31st Intelligence Squadron, NCOIC, Joint Operations) is an open book. Like most people, she has a history. But the difference between Tonks and many of her fellow Airmen is that she is prepared to put it all out there, if it will help another one of her fellow Wingmen.“When I say I’m an empath, I’m
  • AEDC team members have opportunity to complete Mental Health First Aid training course

    A Mental Health First Aid training course was held April 22-23 at the Gossick Leadership Center on Arnold Air Force Base for interested senior leaders, first responders and security personnel at Arnold wanting to receive certification as a mental health first aid responder.According to Tech Sgt. Alexisa Humphrey, Independent Duty Medical Technician
  • Air Force ad to promote resiliency premieres at Hill

    A team at Hill Air Force Base has set out to encourage Airmen to seek help when they need it. In order to break the stigma that is often the barrier to asking for assistance, a series of six public service announcements are being created at Hill Air Force Base for service-wide distribution.
  • CARE for Air Commandos; AFSOC POTFF hosts fourth annual resilience summit

    Air Force Special Operations Command’s Preservation of the Force and Family hosted a caregiver and resilience education, or CARE, summit at a resort in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, April 22-27.
  • Stand down strengthens resilience

    Stand down days are an opportunity to pause, reconnect as teammates and connect with helping agencies.
  • Overcoming injuries, heading to Wounded Warrior Games

    Three Airmen attended the Pacific Air Forces Wounded Warrior CARE Event in January, not knowing it would lead to each of them attending the Wounded Warrior Games this summer. Beginning in June, retired Chief Master Sgt. Garrett Kuwada and Master Sgt. Roger Hopkins will compete at the games held in Tampa, Florida, as primaries, and Senior Airman Faith Donato will serve as an alternate.
  • Go In, Get Help, Get Back to the Fight

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Tex. --  The news story shows a drone operation-the screen lights ups with a flash, followed by the crumbling of a building. To the viewer at home, it is a smooth, seamless operation far away. But to Capt. Joseph Siler, he would tell you that it took a team of highly-trained and dedicated intelligence professionals to carry
  • Tinker campaign presses forward with true grit

    Although springtime brings warmer weather and sunnier skies, it can be a tough time for some at Tinker Air Force Base.Returning from holiday visits with family and friends plus the financial issues that can result from the holiday season can leave personnel feeling less than their best and 72nd Air Base Wing Community Support Coordinator Karen
  • April is Child Abuse Awareness, Prevention Month

    According to Pinwheels for Prevention, “Child development is largely influenced by early interactions with parents and caregivers; however, the community also plays a role in healthy child development.
  • Blue Grit podcast features stories of resilience, strength

    You may have noticed a recent addition to the Air Force Portal homepage. A logo depicting a warrior looking over his shoulder with a fighter jet above him. It’s the face of the Blue Grit podcast.
  • InBody: A step towards a healthier lifestyle

    Since October 2018, the 5th Medical Group Health and Wellness Center has been using a more precise way to analyze the overall fitness levels of Airmen and families at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota.By using an InBody machine, Team Minot members are able to receive a quick analysis of their body composition and see what specific areas they may
  • Pentagon hosts Sijan award presentation, first-ever resiliency event

    Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein presented eight Airmen with the 2017 and 2018 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award April 17, 2019, at the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes in Arlington.
  • Month of the Military Child: Malmstrom gymnasts build resilience

    April is designated as the Month of the Military Child. This Department of Defense awareness month was established to recognize the sacrifices made by children of military members serving at home and abroad.
  • USAF, ROKAF chaplains host Buddhist immersion

    The U.S. Air Force 8th Fighter Wing chaplains paired with the Republic of Korea Air Force 38th Fighter Group chaplain to host an educational Buddhist immersion course for Airmen April 11 and 13.
  • Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Symposium

    On April 4th 2019, the 21st Space Wing Office of the Staff Judge Advocate conducted a Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention symposium here at Peterson Air Force Base for command leadership, superintendents and supervisors.
  • SAPR Dodgeball Tournament

    Lorinda Pirrie (left), the sexual assault response coordinator and Sherri Giulio, a victim advocate, host a dodgeball event to spread awareness on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, April 5, 2019. This was the third annual Sexual Assault Awareness month dodgeball tournament that the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office has hosted.
  • Meet a Victim's Advocate: Oren Gilbert

    Oren Gilbert wears many hats. He’s a husband, a father, an Army veteran, a contract specialist and a big Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan. But two years ago he added yet another hat to those he wears; a sexual assault Victim’s Advocate. “For a long time, I never knew of anyone who’d been affected by an assault,” said Gilbert. “Not until my military
  • A gift of life: Mighty 70th comes together in time of need

    Every once in a while, the stars align and things just work out. After battling with a kidney disease since she was 10-years-old, Amy Lynn Samulenas found out that she would need a transplant to save her life.
  • Airmen share stories of overcoming hardships

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Airmen from across the base gathered at the USO to hear four Airmen share their stories about overcoming hardships and adversity during the Rising 6’s annual Storytellers event. The audience members listened intently as the speakers shared their stories, and offered hope to those who may be struggling. Staff
  • SAPR activities bring awareness to sexual assaults

    “Understanding our individual responsibility and the impact it can have on communities is necessary for culture change. Done correctly, this will significantly decrease the amount of sexual violence occurring in our communities.”
  • SAPR activities bring awareness to sexual assaults

    “Understanding our individual responsibility and the impact it can have on communities is necessary for culture change. Done correctly, this will significantly decrease the amount of sexual violence occurring in our communities.”
  • Ardent Forge exercise tests Airmen’s ability to survive, operate

    More than 300 members of the 482nd Fighter Wing conducted a readiness exercise April 4-5. The exercise was held at various locations throughout the base but was primarily at a “tent city” behind the parachute tower. For two days Airmen simulated being in a deployed combat environment, with a variety of simulations used -- everything from explosions
  • Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center leaders donate to Air Force Assistance Fund

    Major Gen. Shaun Morris, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center commander, left, and Brig. Gen. Paul Knapp, his new mobilization assistant, sign their Air Force Assistance Fund pledge forms in Morris’ office to help the center kick off its 2019 campaign. The fund supports the Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation, Air Force Enlisted Villages, and the LeMay Foundation. As of April 4, center members have donated more than $1,800. The national campaign runs through April 26 (local campaigns may run longer). Contact your unit representative or visit www.afassistancefund.org to make a donation. (Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Mackenzie Lerum)
  • Air Force Aid Society helps Airman after hurricane evacuation

    Joining the Air Force, Senior Airman Ishmar Sanchez knew he would face many challenges, but he never imagined he would face one of the strongest hurricanes in the United States. As a San Juan, Puerto Rico, native, Sanchez was familiar with hurricanes, but Hurricane Michael was different because Sanchez had to ensure his wife and their two sons were safe.
  • SAPR hands out items to raise awareness

    Cecilia Smith, 50th Space Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Coordinator, assists an Airman while running a Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, Month of the Military Child and National Child Abuse Prevention Month booth outside the Satellite Dish Dining Facility at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, April 5, 2019. The booth featured T-shirts, pens and other items to raise awareness of this month’s many causes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman William Tracy)
  • New Deputy Director Speaks At Third Quarter SARC Training

    As the new Deputy Director of Air Force Resilience, Jiri Crowder got a chance to share her expertise and meet with students at the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate (SAPR VA) training at Maxwell Air Force Base less than three weeks after joining the Pentagon office. She told the 22
  • Fun in the sun on Sports Day

    Goodfellow celebrated Sports Day for students and permanent party members to unwind and relax with some healthy competition with events going on all day at the Mathis Fitness Center, April 5. Groups participated in events such as Ultimate Frisbee, basketball, kickball, volleyball and a firetruck pull. The top four squadrons who received the most
  • Refusing to be a bystander

    A Grand Forks Air Force Base Airman shares a story detailing her successful efforts in preventing a friend's potential suicide.
  • Remembering Sijan

    Team Buckley came together to remember Capt. Lance Sijan at a viewing of a documentary of his life at the Leadership Development Center March 27, 2019.
  • Protecting our People Protects our Mission

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and the theme of this year’s breakfast is “Protecting our People Protects our Mission.” A SAAPM breakfast will be held from 7:30-9 a.m. April 16 at the Hill Aerospace Museum.
  • Total Force Airmen complete professional development course

    Approximately every six weeks junior enlisted Airmen complete the first step in their professional development when they graduate from the Airman Leadership School here.
  • New Group Lifestyle Balance Program gets Airmen Back on Track

    The 56th Medical Group is introducing a new fitness and nutrition program run by the health promotions office by spring 2019 called Group Lifestyle Balance.
  • Bolt the therapy dog breaks Alaska ice

    Bolt, the therapy dog, helps Airmen of the 176th Wing.
  • Couples learn relationship resiliency at Strong Bonds event

    Take care of your relationships so that you can take care of the mission. That was the underlying theme of a weekend retreat held March 22-24, where 25 Hawaii Air National Guard [HIANG] married couples gathered at a Waikiki hotel for a weekend of learning, bonding, and re-energizing. The weekend workshop was part of the Strong Bonds initiative, a National Guard funded, Chaplain-led program whose core mission of increasing readiness through relationship education has been helping service members develop important relationship skills for close to two decades.
  • Recharge for Resiliency program focuses on health of Airmen and their families

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio – Now that spring has arrived, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Outdoor Recreation has activities planned for Airmen through the Recharge for Resiliency (R4R) program. R4R was designed to help Airmen reacclimate to life at home and also include families in their reintegration. The program has three areas of focus, the
  • Spangdahlem hosts USAFE Master Resiliency Training Course

    The 52nd Fighter Wing hosted a Master Resiliency Training Course for members from across U.S. Air Forces in Europe–Air Forces Africa at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 11-15, 2019. MRTC is a train-the-trainer course and instructs Airmen how to effectively teach other Airmen to be resilient in the four domains of Comprehensive Airman
  • Cold holds no ground at Team Minot

    While resiliency functions as an umbrella for military members, there are several aspects that go into developing a truly resilient individual. One of the core pillars of Airmen resiliency is spiritual fitness.
  • Resiliency Center hosts free women's self-defense class

    Goodfellow offered a free women’s self-defense class on base at the Goodfellow Resiliency Center, March 8. The classes are usually two parts, the first half being textbook training and the second half a physical training.  As of now, the classes are held quarterly, but for more information please contact the 17th Training Wing Violence Prevention
  • Mental health support group breaks stigmas, builds resiliency

    In the military, talk of mental health can carry a stigma. Thoughts of, “how will this impact my career?”, or, “will this affect my credibility?” can run through the minds of those struggling with mental health concerns. Contrary to these stigmas, dealing with mental health concerns won’t damage your career, and there are groups on base to be a part of.
  • Courage, resiliency leads to life in the Air Force

    It was during Operation Desert Storm the sergeant first witnessed the destruction of war; it continued until the deadly invasion of 2003 and was followed by the life-threatening civil war in 2006. But he wasn’t an Airman, yet.  He was a citizen of Baghdad, Iraq, where he was born and raised. As a young boy, Tech. Sgt. Becker Almarsumi experienced
  • Pursuing resiliency through local programs

    In an effort to get Airmen out and active, the Community Action Team is implementing the Passport to Resiliency Program for permanent party (active duty and reserve) members, starting March 1, 2019. The program awards members time off work for participating in base and community activities.
  • 51 FW Chaplain Corps hosts resiliency luncheon

    The 51st Fighter Wing Chaplain Corps hosted a resiliency luncheon at the Officer’s Club at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Feb. 21.Attendees were treated to a free lunch as they listened to guest speaker Dr. Dondi Costin, a retired U.S. Air Force chaplain, as he spoke about the event’s theme: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”Now the third president of
  • Team Little Rock opens welcome center

    All Airmen arriving at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, will now be met with a streamlined in-processing method at the newly established Combat Airlift Welcome Center, located in the Walters Community Support Center. The Combat Airlift Welcome Center will be one of the first stops for new Airmen arriving at Little Rock AFB and will serve as a one-stop shop for new Airmen and their families to process through the military personnel section, medical, traffic management office and finance, as well as get exposed to base helping agencies.
  • Adapt and Get Well

    Anyone who has struggled with substance abuse has a story that in hindsight is indicative of a problem. For Capt. Justin Tullos, it was when he was dating his now-wife and would cut the date short just so he’d be able to go back to his apartment and drink alone. Tullos said, “You start getting into making a habit and scheduling when you’re going to
  • Hope is CATCHing

    It may be too early to judge the effectiveness of a new Department of Defense program known as “CATCH,” but several sexual assault response coordinators are already convinced of its merits. “CATCH” is short for Catch a Serial Offender, which rolled out last August for the Air Force and other military branches. Victims who have filed a restricted
  • True North reaches beyond installation gates

    The Task Force True North (TFTN) program effort goes beyond just in-processing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. It spans across oceans – literally – to help build a culture of engagement and resiliency.
  • 633rd Air Base Wing Chaplain Corps work to increase Airmen resiliency

    At select bases across the U.S. Air Force, Task Force True North is embedding medical, mental health, and chaplain personnel directly into high stress units.
  • True North program helps Airmen

    The newly opened Whiteman Welcome Center serves as a one-stop shop for in-processing appointments, including administrative, financial and medical needs. Freestrom and other new arrivals receive a list required appointments from the center’s staff. Additionally, dependents can receive personalized medical briefings as well as help updating their Tricare information.
  • Optimizing Airman Performance: Beale initiates Task Force True North

    BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Recently, Beale Air Force Base and three other installations were selected to test an initiative called Task Force True North (TFTN), which is a program to increase the mental, emotional and spiritual capacity of the force by anticipating and meeting our Airmen and their families’ need to respond to, and thrive during
  • Welcome Center now open

    Up until now, in-bound members to Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri were required to visit multiple locations to complete their in-processing checklist. However, the new Whiteman Welcome Center, building 3007 located next to the Youth Center and across the street from the Base Chapel, will serve as a one-stop shop for members to process through the Military Personnel Section, Finance and Medical.
  • Task Force True North begins at JBER

    The 673d Air Base Wing and 3rd Wing have been selected to participate in the True North Program, a research study that will help commanders understand the needs of Airmen at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
  • MAFB selected for Task Force True North initiative

    Minot Air Force Base was recently selected as a beta test installation for Task Force True North, an initiative that strives to promote Airmen resiliency by using a more proactive approach to provide mental health within units. “We are looking for ways to enhance Airmen well-being and resiliency and decrease negative outcomes,” said Col. Mark J.
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