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Gen. Larry Spencer, the Air Force vice chief of staff, featured in an ad for the "Every Airman Counts" initative. Spencer is leading the charge to bring more awareness of sexual assault and prevention within the Air Force ranks. (U.S. Air Force graphic) Every Airman has a role in preventing sexual assault
This story is part of the "Commentaries" section on AF.mil. These stories capture the experiences of Airmen from a first-person perspective. Every April we recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month, using it as an opportunity to renew our commitment to treating each other with dignity and respect. I applaud and support the idea of a month focused on
0 4/24
2014
Air Force Reserve Capt. Paul Deutsch, 7th Space Operations Squadron. In Fort Hood tragedy, a reminder to take care of one another
As a mental health professional, a military member and a human being, the recent events at Fort Hood, Texas, hit home. For a tragic second time at the same installation, an individual reached the conclusion they had no better way to cope with distress than to harm their fellow service members. Though we are all members of the profession of arms,
0 4/05
2014
Air Force Reserve Col. (ret.) Mark Hustedt, pictured here at the 310th Space Wing's 2010 annual awards banquet, served as the wing's vice commander from September 2008 to December 2011. He also commanded the 6th Space Operations Squadron, charged with being the operational backup to the Defense Metrologic Satellite Program. (Air Force photo) 6th SOPS celebrates 15 year anniversary as DMSP back up
The Defense Metrologic Satellite Program has one of the richest histories and legacies of any satellite program. Birthed in a cloak of secrecy in the early 1960s, DMSP has provided timely national priority-one environmental intelligence for well over half a century.Originally operated out of Strategic Air Command's backyard at Offutt AFB, the
0 2/27
2014
To stop or not to stop? Just like a door being propped open by a doorstop shows your work section is ready to assist customers, does your work area reflect the same mantra of "service before self"? (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Stephen J. Collier) Defender of the doorstop
Most of us in the Air Force get into a pretty good routine of things. The morning cup of coffee, the salutations to co-workers, checking Outlook for latest e-mails, performing our duty, then we head home for the day. We are, by nature, creatures of habit.But does that habit mean you walk by the doorstop every morning?We all take pride in the work
0 1/03
2014
Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, commander of Air Force Reserve Command AFRC commander sends holiday season greetings to Citizen Airmen
As we finish this year and look forward to the next, I want to thank you for your outstanding commitment and professionalism. You and your fellow Citizen Airmen clearly displayed a "service before self" attitude.From sequestration to the government shutdown, the budget challenges were numerous. I appreciate your dedication to the mission, the Air
0 12/02
2013
Col. Jeffrey Mineo, 310th Space Wing commander Valuing 'Citizen Airmen' in space today
When asked to provide commentary on a subject of my choice, it took me about 10 seconds to pick a topic - the value of the Air Force Reserve in space today. The joining of 310th Space Wing "Citizen Airmen" alongside our regular Air Force mission partners across Air Force Space Command bases strengthens an important relationship needed for combatant
0 8/28
2013
Default Air Force Logo From the Rubble
I just took my first look at pictures of One World Trade Center, the main building that is being built near the site of the "Twin Towers" that were destroyed nearly eleven years ago. It is already the tallest building in New York and, from looking at the pictures; you would never know the horror associated with that place in our relatively recent
0 9/08
2012
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam- Members of Andersen Air Force Base’s Key Spouse Club practice combative techniques during the Sexual Assault Awareness Month self defense class April 17. Airmen from the 736th Security Forces Squadron are serving as instructors of the class throughout the month of April.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeffrey Schultze)  My job is prosecuting sexual assault
Here's a simple truth...sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are "blue on blue," or Airmen victimizing other Airmen. So in addition to rejecting our core values, these undisciplined Airmen reject
0 8/05
2012
Default Air Force Logo More than your average movie night
Friday is movie night at the Spears' home. It is a time when we sit together in a relaxing environment after a busy week. For the last several weeks, we have been watching submarine movies. We started out with the classic, Das Boot. Set in 1942, the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in The "Battle of the Atlantic" to destroy English
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2009
Default Air Force Logo Leadership and Followership!
We have all heard the saying "lead, follow, or get out of the way." This saying sometimes makes me think of a bull in a china shop charging straight ahead without regard to what's really going on. I've known quite a few folks who operate that way. I guess it could also be saying you have to do something - you can't just stand in the middle of the
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2009
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