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Airman 1st Class Chris Massey holds his son, Mason, while hugging his wife, Sarah after an Air Force basic military training graduation at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Feb. 28, 2013.  Massey arrived at BMT 26 days before his 28th birthday and believes that age doesn’t define a person, rank or position because everyone who has joined the military committed to serve our country. (Courtesy Photo/Released) A 10 year decision
When most people decide to join the military, it's usually right after high school. They don't seriously consider joining active duty military at 27 years of age.As someone who arrived at basic military training 26 days before his 28th birthday, I know all too well that there are reasons for joining ten years later than most.When I was 17, I
0 12/02
2013
Master Sgt. Christopher Campbell, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing,
photojournalist, completes one of his runs while the sun rises in the
background here, Aug. 28, 2013. Campbell runs every day he can and he
averages between 4.5 to 8 miles each run.  Campbell, a native of Phoenix, is
deployed out of the 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Christopher A. Campbell) Running for others
In the words of Vince Lombardi "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will."I used to run for myself, I loved running and everything about it. However, with time comes change, and instead I now run for others, so let me explain how I got from one to the
0 9/11
2013
A car sits in the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadrons parking lot representing a drunk driving accident at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 15, 2013. The car is part of the squadron's campaign to bring awareness to the effects of drunk driving and help prevent similar incidents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty Chevalier/Released) 755th AMXS brings DUI awareness
Rarely am I able to pass through any of the base gates without my eyes being drawn to the status board showing the latest driving under the influence or alcohol related incident. Often the 'days counter' does not get above 30 days before another Airman is highlighted for failing to follow the law. It is hard to imagine any Airman that has not heard
0 7/25
2013
Can you identify the seven signs of terrorism? Identifying seven signs of terrorism
Every day we see signs of unsafe acts and bad driving habits by ordinary folks. Some common examples would be people walking or jogging late at night without reflective clothing in the same direction as the traffic flow or people talking on cell phones, eating fast food or reading maps while driving, but can you identify the seven signs of
0 5/15
2013
Default Air Force Logo Is your security clearance current?
To support the Air Force's global mission, you must commit to maintaining your personnel readiness. So, your immunizations are current, you have a solid family care plan in place and your finances are squared away, but are you really prepared to deploy and support the global mission? Have you forgotten anything? What about your security clearance?
0 4/11
2013
Members of the Desert Lightening Team cheer on a fellow Airman during the Wingman Warrior Day 5K at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 28, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths/released) Resiliency combats challenges
The challenges faced by Airmen are many. Beyond the immediate physical threats generated by deployments, our Airmen must deal with the mental and social effects of being in a high-intensity, stressful and dangerous environment, sometimes for months at a time. These same deployments often force spouses to become "single parents," due to the myriad
0 3/08
2013
Default Air Force Logo Furlough, finance, resiliency
So, here we are in early March realizing what we all had hoped to avoid has happened, sequestration is here. A furlough may be just around the corner for Department of Defense civilian employees. As most have already heard, this equates to an approximately twenty-percent cut in pay. For many civilian employees, this is life changing and stressful.
0 3/05
2013
Default Air Force Logo Sitting down with World War II veterans
Throughout my career, I have volunteered several times. Most have been your standard bullet-worthy events; however, a recent opportunity caused me to look at volunteering in a whole new light. The event was an Honor Flight ceremony for World War II veterans held at the Pima Air and Space Museum. My job was to assist Honor Flight with checking in
0 2/20
2013
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Camilla Griffin and Senior Airman Michael Washburn, both 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalists, discuss sexual assault prevention on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 15.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore/Released) Becoming a support system
When I decided to attend Victims Advocate training I didn't know what to expect. I wanted to help victims because, as a big sister, I always worry about my three little sisters' safety. One of my sisters is in her first year of college, another is going to college this fall and the last is in her first couple of years of high school. I am always
0 2/15
2013
Photo illustration for African American History month History is not for me
Whenever I fill out a form that asks me about my race, I take pride in marking the box labeled African American/Black. I am proud of my skin tone; my ethnicity; and to the extent that my knowledge of it allows me, my heritage; but I am not that fond of African American/Black History month.That is not to say that I hate, or even dislike, what the
0 2/13
2013
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