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  • Airmen cultivate leadership qualities through Ranger Assessment Course

    A small formation of Airmen gather around a flagpole, next to it is a large rock with the words, “Not for the weak or fainthearted” painted in bright yellow, box letters. An authoritative voice can be heard, “Varela, first stanza. Fundis, second stanza. Dickerson, third stanza. Gardner, fourth stanza. Pace, fifth stanza. Good, sixth stanza.” As six Airmen are chosen, they make their way to the front of the formation and stand face-to-face with their peers – three Airmen on either side of a pedestal.
  • It is possible: Soar with the wind and stars

    As we close out Women's History month, I could not help but once again share the incredible story of Lt. Col. Jacqueline Cochran, reserve officer. This year’s theme for Women’s History month is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence.” I realize we are in the military, and many would not exactly classify us as nonviolent! I would agree, for after all we are warfighters; however, I submit we are also brokers of peace.
  • Air Force directs one-day operational safety review

    Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein directed all Air Force wings with flying and maintenance functions to execute a one-day operational safety review by May 21, 2018. “I am directing this operational safety review to allow our commanders to assess and discuss the safety of our operations and to gather feedback from our Airmen who are doing the mission every day,” said Goldfein.
  • Female crew chief overcomes adversity, joins PACAF F-16 Demo Team

    It’s been more than a decade since a woman joined the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team, and in late January, Senior Airman Emily Wall, a 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, broke social norms introducing something new to the aerial demo team. Growing up the youngest of seven siblings, she wanted a life of her own, different than
  • Airman drummer beats adversity with style

    Those who know him would normally describe him as soft-spoken and reserved, but life was and is anything but quiet for this musically-inclined Airman.Since birth Airman 1st Class Kyle Henaire’s parents believed he was destined to have an instrument in his hands.“When he was an infant, we took him in for his six-month checkup and the doctors told us
  • Team Misawa runners improve fitness one step at a time

    Fitness is an essential aspect for Airmen to maintain a “fight tonight” posture, ensuring they can complete any tasks at hand, whether physical or mental.
  • Misawa defenders sweep competition, return as champs

    The roaring crowd gradually wanes, falling on deaf ears, as the last shred of adrenalin jolts through his veins all the while peripheral vision narrows in, fixating on the opponent, and with the strike of the referee’s hands they advance into the tie-up position.
  • Airman aims high, achieves life dreams

    There are hundreds of thousands of active duty Airmen in the enlisted force; only 85 are accepted into the Leaders Encouraging Airmen Development program each year. This program is a continuous effort to give the nation's best and brightest enlisted Airmen the opportunity to further excel with appointments to the United States Air Force Academy.
  • DOD recognizes Hickam clinic for suicide prevention efforts

    We fight together. It’s time we fight for each other. After military suicide numbers reached an all-time high in 2012, the Department of Defense sought to increase awareness about suicide prevention. One of the Department’s most successful efforts is the nationwide promotion of prevention education through Suicide Prevention Month each September.
  • Preventive measures lead to a healthier Air Force

    Preventing illness or injury is the goal of the Air Force’s Preventive Medicine program, a topic that is highlighted in August during Preventive Health Month. Preventive Health extends beyond health care at an individual level, concentrating rather on the health of individuals, communities and specific populations to help groups reduce their risk
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