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  • The history of the challenge coin, built on a legend

    Throughout my many years as an Air Force historian, I've heard a number of stories about how the challenge coin came to be. The Roman Empire presented coins to honor exceptional service similar to today's military and civilian medals. Stories of American servicemen carrying special coins to remember home while serving far away date back to the
  • Better health through relationships

    People are affected by other people. It is, in part, up to us, whether or not our relationships will be construed as healthy or harmful.Because we are socially integrated within the military, it is to our benefit to develop quality relationships that positively affect our behavior. As Air Force Reservists, with limited time working together once
  • It's an election year, what can I do?

    This year is an election year and as a military member or federal government employee, it is likely you have questions about your involvement in the political process.  DoD Directive 1344.10 governs how military members (Active, Reserve, Guard, or retired) should conduct themselves in the political process. The Hatch Act applies to federal civilian
  • The enemy in the fox hole

    Grappling with how to prevent sexual assault, we rightly focus on the positive impact of appropriate bystander/wingman intervention as well as how potential victims can reduce their risk. Another important avenue is to understand a significant barrier to prevention. That barrier is the denial that the offender may be one of our own. To address the
  • Recognizing, understanding, valuing diversity add to mission success

    When was the last time you noticed that someone you talked to was very different from you? Did you feel the person was right or wrong because of the differences between you? Our Air Force is a very diverse team with people from all walks of life.According to Dr. Stephen B. Knouse, professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, factors that
  • A Vietnam veteran's experience shared

    It was an honor for my family and me to travel to Vietnam with retired Army Col. Bill McPherson our 34th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron Honorary Commander this past September. It was certainly a trip we would never have undertaken were it not for our relationship with Colonel McPherson. I have always been interested in the history of the Vietnam
  • Operational Readiness legal brief

    As we look forward to our upcoming Operational Readiness Inspection, there are many legal concepts that we must keep in mind. Each of us should have the situational awareness to recognize potential legal issues.Criminal jurisdiction during ORI: While on orders, we are all subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. In addition, we are
  • Operational Readiness, be ready!

    After four Operational Readiness Training Periods, several sessions of station training each UTA and significant individual preparations, we are well on our way to the Wing's Operational Readiness Inspection scheduled for October of 2012. Our next major event in the ORI preparation cycle is the Operational Readiness Exercise scheduled for June of
  • October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: What home users can do

    Home computers are a common target of cybercriminals. Home users keep large amounts of personal data on their computer, such as tax records, banking information, and lists of contacts. In addition, home computers have become the family archive of photos, documents, and other sentimental items that, if lost, would be devastating. There are actions
  • Leadership must be earned daily -- with respect

    Leadership is not given, ordained or a right. It doesn't come from position or rank. Leadership must be earned every day. Any Airman can be a leader as long as he is disciplined in his positive daily habits. Andrew Carnegie once said, "The older I get, the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do." The acronym RESPECT