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  • December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

    Drunk and drugged driving is a deadly epidemic, yet it still continues across the United States.  In addition to the human toll, drunk driving takes a toll on our country. The financial impact is devastating, based on 2010 numbers, the most recent year for which cost data is available, impaired driving crashes cost the United States $44 billion
  • Allow Hanukkah to refine inner strength

    Hanukkah, a holiday most known for candles, doughnuts and rebellions, is a time when Jews celebrate vanquishing their enemies, rebuilding their temple and, most importantly, kindling the Menorah.   The Menorah was a seven branched Candelabra made of pure gold situated at the entrance of the ancient Jewish temple. It was lit every day at dusk and
  • From the Top: Reserve Citizen Airmen Accomplishing Amazing Things

    I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving, spending time with family and giving thanks. Command Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly and I took the time to look back on what a remarkable year it has been for the Air Force Reserve and all the amazing people and places we have had the opportunity to visit.As we continue to travel throughout the

    Here I stand, watching as storm troopers, princesses, superheroes and many other “beings” frantically cruise past me. One would think I’d landed on a distant planet in a galaxy far, far away. In actuality, I was standing amidst a crowd of holiday vacationers at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, during recent leave with our daughter’s family. One doesn’t have to look much further than a “Disney experience” for lessons on managing holiday stress.
  • Air Force leaders thank veterans, Airmen for commitment to nation

    To the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force:Since 1919, we have paused as a nation each Armistice Day to remember the service and sacrifice of the men and women who defended our way of life. This Veterans Day, we continue this worthy tradition, thanking our 22 million American veterans, including 4 million U.S. Air Force veterans, for their selfless
  • Be a Quitter

    About 36 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. I don’t believe that deep down, anyone likes to be dependent on tobacco or any other substance. The problem is, it is hard to quit.
  • Chiefs View: ‘Fail early, fail often, but always fail forward’ — John C. Maxwell

    The journey for John Maxwell began more than 50 years ago in a small Ohio town where he learned that leadership started with development within himself and connecting with others. Since then Maxwell has become a renowned author, coach and speaker, influencing people around the world by teaching ways to embrace failure rather than allowing failure
  • My struggle to stay alive - Sharing my story for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

    Nothing can prepare a person to deal with the never-ending attraction to suicide when faced with a lifetime of unending pain. After the realization that my life had been forever altered and the road ahead was filled with pain and medication, a darkness entered my life that was as real as any other illness I had faced. Chronic pain and the
  • National Suicide Prevention Week

    National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 10-16. Our Air Force Reserve mission is to provide combat-ready forces to fly, fight and win. We know our reservists constantly and consistently train to be mission ready -- ensuring their own knowledge, skills and abilities and then combining them with team training to be successful in battle. However, not all battles are fought on the battlefield, and sometimes we keep our battles to ourselves -- a practice that in and of itself, can be part of an individual’s challenge. Why?
  • Healthier Life: Why not to skip breakfast

    We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, whether it was ingrained in your head by your parents growing up, or we see it in advertisements on TV and magazines.  But do you know why it’s the most important meal?  Breakfast is the first opportunity we have to give our body energy to perform our daily physical and mental