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  • Using CLEPs to standout

    I’ve heard time and time again that getting a Community College of the Air Force degree as an Airman makes you look ambitious, but it took me awhile to realize how easy it is to obtain.I started off like quite a few Airmen that I know, I was one of the people who would drag their feet when it came to earning college credits after I finishing their
  • Back To School Safety

    Back to school season is in full swing, which means sharing the roads with school buses, bicyclist and pedestrians. Everyone is in a hurry and things can get a bit crazy on the roads. By slowing down and paying extra attention when kids are present drivers can help keep kids safe. Below are some tips to help make the school year a safe one for
  • Struggling With Fatigue

    We all struggle with fatigue at some point in our lives. Fatigue is accompanied by the desire to sleep and lack of motivation to anything else. Fatigue could be one symptom of an underlying medical problem, most of the time it can be traced back to your habits or routine. The top three reasons you might be fatigued:What you eat. Reaching for
  • Don't Get Burned With Grilling Safety

    Warm weather is here which means fun in the sun, and lots of grilling! Anytime you work with fire, there is always a chance of getting burned. Below are some tips to help keep your grilling safe:• Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.• The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves
  • Bicycle Safety

    It’s summer time and bicyclists are riding on the road. This means drivers of automobiles have to share the roadway. Did you know that bicyclist have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles?In hopes of avoiding any bicycle mishaps here are some safety tips. Tips for Bicyclists:• Stop at red lights and stop signs• Pay
  • The Stars & Stripes

    The American Flag is more than just 13 stripes of red and white and 50 stars in a field of blue. The flag symbolizes the values and beliefs that make this country great. These same values and beliefs are the ones that countless men and women over history have made the ultimate sacrifice for.It is our responsibility to show it the respect that it
  • Proud to be an American

    I, Laura Rae Ann McFarlane, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I originally took this oath Aug. 27, 2002 in Springfield, Massachusetts for a four-year enlistment and now, thirteen years later, I’ve taken the oath again.  I’d like to say that I joined for
  • All virtual and no reality makes Airman a dull warrior

    The ever increasing convenience and hypnotic allure of interactive screen time is something each professional warrior needs to assess for their own risk and reward threshold to maximize working environment efficiency.As Airmen warriors we are part of the profession of arms who work within the virtual world daily. Part of being a professional is the
  • Excellence: the endless pursuit

    Before joining the Air Force, it's safe to say I had thought fairly highly of myself. I was in what I considered pretty good physical shape, I was socially active and felt I was at very least above average intellect.I had come from a small town and done pretty well in high school without really putting in much effort. My first couple years of
  • Keep your head on a swivel

    I started riding motorcycles when I was 15. Starting on dirt bikes, working to an old Suzuki and on to my current bike, a red Victory Vegas. I've ridden everywhere from Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, the Bahamas on to most recently, Texas. I've noticed one common problem with all these places. I hate modern cars and trucks.Before you start calling