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Editor's note: this story is part of a series featuring Victim Advocates across the 354th Fighter Wing.. Sexual assault used to be something that was foreign to me. It was this myth; a mystery that leadership talked about -- at least I thought it was.
0 11/30
2015
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Darren Harris, 18th Security Forces Squadron, shows children how the radio on the patrol car works at Skoshi Warrior Nov. 14, 2015, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. More than 200 children participated in this annual event, meant to show children their parents’ deployment process and to see different aspects of military jobs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Corey M. Pettis/Released)   Children learn about deployment at Skoshi Warrior
The Japanese word "skoshi" may mean "small" or "little," but the fun times shared by children, parents and volunteers at Marine Hangar 3 Saturday were anything but small. More than 200 children participated in this year's Skoshi Warrior. Skoshi Warrior is an Airman and Family Readiness Center event that is designed to help children understand the
0 11/19
2015
According to Air Force Instruction 91-207, Para. 3.2.1., vehicle operators shall give their full attention to the operation of the vehicle. All drivers must comply with applicable federal, state and local laws that are more stringent than this guidance regarding distractions while driving (e.g., using cellular phones, text messaging). Each base in Pacific Air Forces has policies in place for the use of cell phones while driving, and military members and their families should be familiar with these policies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher/Released )
Just drive: Leave the talking, texting for later
Why is it when I drive around base or walk just about anywhere, I see many folks talking on their cellphone or texting while driving? As I work in safety, I've been asked, "Why are so many people utilizing their cell phone while driving?"I conducted an unscientific poll when I asked folks around the base if they have seen an increase in people
0 11/19
2015
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, prescription drugs are the second-most abused category of drugs after marijuana among young people. ONDCP continues by stating that illicit drug use in the U.S. military has increased from 5 to 12 percent among active duty service members from 2005 to 2008, primarily due to non-medical use of prescription drugs. The latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that over 70 percent of people who abused prescription pain relievers got them from friends or relatives, while approximately 5 percent got them from a drug dealer or over the Internet. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Staff Sgt. Amber E. N. Jacobs) Prescription drug abuse: Not a victimless crime
I never imagined my whole world would be turned upside-down; but seeing my husband escorted away in handcuffs, I felt as if the world was crashing in around me.   It was love from the beginning. My husband and I met in technical school, eventually married and we were later assigned to Shaw Air Force Base where we worked as photojournalists for the
0 10/22
2015
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Augustine Thompson-Brown, 35th Medical Operations Squadron mental health technician, applies moulage to the eye of Staff Sgt. Joseph Bekaert, 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution supervisor, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 15, 2015. This black eye makeup was part of a Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign designed to bring the issue to light by getting the community involved. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter/Released) Bringing domestic violence to light
A black eye always has a story. The men and women displaying evident bruises here, Oct. 15, weren't abused or injured, but their goal was to make sure people thought they were.   Misawa Air Base's family advocacy team aimed to strike a sense of realism to the 2015 Domestic Violence Awareness Month slogan "Silence Hides Violence" through the "In
0 10/16
2015
Senior Airman Augustine Thompson-Brown is a 35th Medical Operations Squadron mental health technician at Misawa Air Base, Japan. Thompson-Brown spent most of her life homeless before joining the Air Force and shares her story to inspire others to conquer their own difficulties. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter) Mental strength leads Airman through tough times
Surviving an unstable upbringing in Pittsburg, she never expected to be grabbing onto the Eiffel Tower in Paris at age 21.   What started as watching scenes of this historic landmark in movies led her to envision a life beyond her childhood confinement. This was it, the height of her bucket list. "I guess my bucket list needs to get longer," said
0 10/14
2015
Linda DeFrancesco, mother of Senior Airman Lawrence DeFrancesco, places her hands on a plaque with her son’s name on it during a quiet moment before a ceremony at the Yukla 27 memorial. American and Canadian airmen assigned to the 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron, distinguished guests, and surviving family members of the crew of the E-3B Sentry, AWACS aircraft, call sign Yukla 27, gathered for 20th anniversary memorial ceremonies, Sept 22, 2015, on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Yukla 27, from the 962nd AACS, encountered a flock of geese and crashed shortly after takeoff on a routine surveillance training sortie Sept. 22, 1995, killing all 24 U.S. and Canadian airmen aboard. (U.S. Air Force photo/Justin Connaher) Families mark 20 years since tragic loss of AWACS crew
Friday, Sept. 22, 1995, started out peaceful. Overcast skies were giving way to the heat of the sun, taking with them the last testimony of rain from the night before. Scattered clouds ranged from 5,000 to 20,000 feet, and visibility was 15 miles.For Elmendorf Air Force Base flight line personnel, it was to be a light work day. The F-15 Eagle
0 9/29
2015
Airmen from the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Air Force Sergeant’s Association present arms during a POW/MIA revile ceremony, on JBPHH, Hawaii, Sept. 14, 2015. The ceremony kicks off this year’s POW/MIA week, which honors the 1,627 missing or unaccounted for military members (as of April 2015) in all branches of service. Some of the week’s events will include name readings of those missing or unaccounted for, a remembrance run and a honors and heritage ceremony, held at the Pearl Harbor visitor’s center.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Stoltz/Released) PACAF bases observe POW/MIA Recognition Day
Airmen from the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Air Force Sergeant’s Association present arms during a POW/MIA revile ceremony, on JBPHH, Hawaii, Sept. 14, 2015. The ceremony kicks off this year’s POW/MIA week, which honors the 1,627 missing or unaccounted for military members (as of April 2015) in all branches of service. Some of the week’s events
0 9/18
2015
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jomar Perez, 718th Civil Engineer Squadron construction management inspector, grew up in the Philippines and overcame many cultural adversities as he transitioned to an Air Force career. He was recognized by Brig. Gen. Barry Cornish, 18th Wing commander, with the Shogun Spotlight Award for his outstanding work performance. Photo taken Sept. 11, 2015, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier/Released) Airman overcomes cultural barriers, prospers
Across the spectrum of Air Force careers, Airmen often progress through similar timelines: basic military training, technical education, job apprenticeship, developing leadership skills and management positions. According to one staff sergeant in the 718th Civil Engineer Squadron, the defining factor that makes the difference in each Airman's
0 9/17
2015
U.S. Air Force  Senior Airman Louie Lascina, a native of Saipan, stages cases of water to be distributed to island residents as part of Typhoon Soudelor relief efforts. Airmen from the 36th Contingency Response Group deployed from Andersen Air Force Base to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Red Cross with transporting supplies through Saipan International Airport. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristina D. Marshall/Released) Returning home to Saipan: Airman aids in typhoon recovery
When Typhoon Soudelor struck the small island of Saipan recently, the storm hit close to home for one of Andersen Air Force Base’s own.   Senior Airman Louie Lacsina, 36th Mobility Response Group air transportation specialist and Saipan-native, deployed along with five 36th Contingency Response Group wingmen to assist ongoing relief efforts on his
0 8/18
2015
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