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  • Who are Key Spouse Volunteers?

    In today's Air Force you would be hard pressed to find a person who hasn't heard of the Key Spouse Program, but do you really know what a "key spouse" is?The Key Spouse Program is made up of a cadre of volunteers committed to building a strong Air Force community. Key spouses work within a squadron to help connect families to information and
  • Are your Airmen ready for HYT changes?

    Most Airmen affected by high year of tenure changes announced in December will have one more opportunity to test for promotion before changes take effect in September 2013. If they don't make it, they'll be separated from the Air Force.Are your Airmen ready? As commanders, first sergeants, supervisors, leaders and mentors, we all play a role in our
  • Commentary: Youth programs combat negative influences

    If you have children, especially teenagers, you already know the harrowing statistics that illustrate the dangers they face in the world today. Daily we see news about kids left to their own devices after school who have taken the wrong path in life. Air Force youth programs help combat potentially negative influences in our kids' lives by
  • Effective leadership begins with you

    Are you an effective leader? The characteristics of a great leader are often difficult to define and subject to opinion. Numerous books attempt to define and teach the characteristics of great leadership, all varying in their philosophy. However, one identifiable trait that cannot be argued is the ability of great leaders to lead others to
  • Fitness is only one component of total health

    If asked about their health, many Airmen would point to their physical condition or recent fitness test as an indicator. Being healthy is about more than just passing a fitness test.Physical fitness is one component of total health, and contributes to mental and social health. Learning to balance all the components of a healthy life is what makes
  • Never saw this coming: Lessons learned in trying times

    I had the world by the tail: U. S. Air Force Academy graduate, Air Force pilot, six-time commander, 30-year Air Force career, and two stars; fit, healthy and strong. But subtle problems appeared out of nowhere: occasional vertigo, mild persistent headaches, cognitive challenges, having to stop during a hard run. I went to see the flight surgeon and
  • Honoring our founding mothers

    March is dedicated to women's history, and this month's theme focuses on women's education and empowerment. Our nation's dedication to celebrating women's history started in 1980 when former U.S. President Jimmy Carter designated the first week of March as Women's History Week. Then, seven years later, Congress passed a resolution that dedicated
  • Developing Airmen continues to be a priority

    An Air Force leader's most important job is to care for and develop Airmen through a combination of education and experience, but every Airman must also actively seek opportunities to learn and grow. This agreement between leaders and leaders-to-be is the foundation of the most powerful air force in the world.Rapidly changing technologies and
  • A race worth finishing

    I was really looking forward to running in the San Antonio Rock n' Roll Half Marathon in 2011. I had just finished the Half Marathon for Adoption in Gruene, Texas, a few weeks earlier with a personal best time and wanted to compete with almost 100 runners from the Air Force Personnel Center here.More than 30,000 motivated runners packed the streets
  • Physical fitness a vital measure of readiness

    Imagine reporting for duty one morning and having your supervisor say you've been selected for a 270-day deployment to a provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan. After the news begins to sink in, you then find out you have to complete some tough combat skills training at Fort Bragg, N.C. Holy cow! Oh, and by the way, you need to be there in

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