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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
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