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  • Staying sane: why mental health is important now more than ever

    The thought of ending your own life may seem like an impossibility to some, but others may see it as their only escape. The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the issues already existing with suicide awareness and prevention.
  • Social Justice: A chaplain's perspective

    Over the last several weeks I’ve been spending a lot of time, thought, and emotion on the subject of social justice, more specifically racial justice. It has been on my mind and in my heart for years, really, but recent events beginning with the death of George Floyd and continuing with the nation’s response, have brought it more to the front for all of us, myself included.
  • Mastering time; bring balance to home, work, personal lives

    The enlisted military occupation has been consistently ranked as one of the most stressful jobs in America with factors ranging from pay, long hours, hard deadlines, and a lot of time spent away from home and loved ones.
  • Leadership

    It’s a common misconception that only people in a position of power are leaders. Leadership is a characteristic, not a job title.
  • New Year, same me

    TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Among the decorations and surrounded by family and friends some have moments of reflection as the clock ticks closer to midnight, Dec. 31."New Year, new you," is a phrase you see for a couple of months starting Jan. 1, but it then simply seems to vanish as if by some form of negligent magic. I have been guilty of such
  • Remembering the September 11 Attacks

    We all remember where we were when we heard the terrible news.  I was on active duty orders at Tyndall participating in a North American Aerospace Defense Command exercise. Most people assumed the plane that crashed into the World Trade Center was an accident.  I wasn't sure -my thoughts were with my brother on the 84th floor of the South Tower.I
  • Always smiling

    I sometimes have to struggle to bring it out, but I do whatever I can to start the day on a positive note. Don't get me wrong. I'm still human. Just like every other person in the world, I have days where I wake up feeling so-so. I even have days that I wake up feeling less than "so-so." But early in life I learned things could always be worse.
  • Another Phantom Finale

    Vinnie "Snake" Farrell flew his final F-4 Phantom sortie May 20, and will soon become one of only 10 QF-16 pilots in the United States Air Force.After graduating from the USAF Academy in 1983, Farrell completed pilot training and became a first assignment instructor pilot. After three years of teaching, he was selected to be an F-4 fighter
  • SAMBO combo

    Ever since I was a child, I have been interested in physical activity, gaining strength, skills and everything in between. As I have grown into a man, nothing has changed.I've played football, tennis and attempted to play basketball. One sport I have always enjoyed doing is martial arts. Disclaimer: I am not a Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan, but it is
  • My life as a junior Airman

    When it comes to transitioning from one base to another, most people will say "I've always wanted to go there," or "I heard that base is terrible," only to realize that it's never what they expect.I started my Air Force career, as all enlisted, reserve and guard Airmen do, at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas and continued onto Fort Meade, Md. for my