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  • Take the AETC Holiday and Safety Challenge!

    As we approach the most joyous time of year when many people travel home to visit family and friends, the mass holiday season exodus exposes our military and civilian members, and their families, to increased risks. To reduce that risk, I am asking all members to embrace the AETC Holiday and Exodus

  • Standards and Discipline

    Both are cornerstones of Air Force Core Values and help build American citizens' trust"Throughout Air Force history a common thread emerges for our longstanding successes--adherence to standards and discipline," said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley. "Standards provide a

  • Airmen and political activities -- AFI 51-902 outlines the do's and do nots

    A popular misconception about service members is they can't participate in political activities. On the contrary, Airmen have a great deal of flexibility in how they engage in the democratic process. Airmen can vote and express personal opinions on political candidates and issues. In most cases,

  • Celebrating Hispanic heritage, history

    National Hispanic Heritage Month is a period to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States, and to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan

  • Corner post of core values set long before boot camp

    Air Force core values aren't handed out at boot camp with uniforms. Our core values do help us define our expectations, goals and standards, but we all learned values long before we put on the uniform. I learned a lot of my values growing up on a farm in Missouri. I particularly remember a simple

  • Proud to call my son an Airman, myself a recruiter

    Last week I had the great privilege of attending my son's basic military training graduation. I know that I am not the only Air Force member who has a son or daughter already in the service, but I want to share my recent experience. Over my 17-year career I've had many successes and great

  • Proud to serve

    Proud to serve Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Robin Johnson Air Force Honor Guard 7/20/2007 - BOLLING AIR FORCE BASE, D.C. (AFPN) -- While assigned to serve Airmen of the Air Force Honor Guard, I continue to note one of the most humbling experiences in my 26-year tenure, the opportunity to stand on

  • Mentoring builds tomorrow's Air Force

    On July the 3rd I celebrated an important personal anniversary. It is the anniversary of the day that I enlisted in the Oklahoma Air National Guard some seventeen years ago -- July 3, 1990. For some, that may seem a small lifetime ago, but to me it seems like just yesterday. If you told me 17 years

  • Good vs. bad guys: Explaining war to an 8-year-old

    When an 8-year-old recently asked me out of the blue, 'Why do you have to go to Iraq?' it stopped me in my tracks. I remember thinking how can I possibly answer such an immense question without somehow tainting her view on this unpredictable world. When I deployed to Southwest Asia in 2002, a fellow

  • SERE Challenge shows pride is alive in the Air Force

    Pride is alive and well in the U.S. Air Force. I never really doubted it, because it's easy to see examples of pride in service every day: freshly pressed uniforms, shiny boots, good customs and courtesies. But like an excited kid conquering the latest and greatest video game, I just like to see the