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Col. Robert Swanson, chief of the Weather Branch at Pacific Air Forces located at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, recently came forward to express his desire to testify of a time in which he had attempted to end his own life earlier in his Air Force career. Swanson said it is critical that Airmen keep communication lines open, and to seek out help from a source that works for them and that they can connect with. (U.S. Air Force
illustration by Staff Sgt. Nathan Allen)
Weather Airman reveals personal resiliency amidst force shaping
It was 1999 and a young weather officer appeared to have everything going for him: a wife, Linda, two handsome teenage sons whom he adored, J.R. and Ryan, and a promising Air Force career for this prior-enlisted officer.On the surface things appeared to be going well; however, pressure was mounting that no one could see.With overwhelming pressure
0 5/19
2014
Default Air Force Logo BBQ Safety
The weather is warming up and it's time to bring out the grills for the summer. Here are a few tips to remember while enjoying the nicer weather and grilling.BBQ grills should NEVER be operated under an overhang or within 15 feet of a building. Grill fires on residential properties result in an estimated average of 10 deaths, 100 injuries and $37
0 4/24
2014
Skytina Felder-Jones, 8th Fighter Wing Resilience Program Specialist and Facilitator, poses for a photo to communicate her stance on sexual assault at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Mar. 12, 2014. Felder-Jones shared her experience for others so they are aware of their options and also there is life after an assault. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales/Released)
I will no longer be a victim: A silent victim is a victim forever
As a young child the horrors of sexual violence arrested my sense of safety, security and the sanctity of my home - robbing me of self-worth, my voice and the development of healthy boundaries. At the age of four I became a guilt-riddled, withdrawn and a painfully shy child. I was frightened of the world outside of my mother and was petrified by
0 4/01
2014
Default Air Force Logo Fundraiser Q & A
The Air Force Assistance Fund started Mar. 24, 2014. The legal office has been receiving a lot of fundraising questions lately, so we thought we'd clear the air on some of these issues. We want to help you figure out a way to hold your fundraiser, not to be a barrier. Hopefully this information will help you plan a fundraiser within the bounds of
0 3/26
2014
Default Air Force Logo Celebrating every woman, everywhere
From history they march, working alongside men to build nations, homes and families, securing the future for generations to come. Sometimes these remarkable women were seen as out-front leaders, like Lucy Stone who was one of the cornerstones for women's suffrage in the United States. Sometimes they were seen as filling a supporting role, like
0 3/13
2014
Default Air Force Logo Facing the choices of force management: Three important steps
Tough choices lie ahead - for many of us individually and for the Air Force as a whole.Due to financial constraints, Air Force leaders have made the tough choice to downsize the force. Right now, we do not know how many people will be let go, but this number may grow to as many as twenty-five thousand. As the Department's budget solidifies, the
0 2/10
2014
Default Air Force Logo Free Tax Preparation for Kunsan Members
Tax season is upon us. As a military member stationed overseas, you have until June to file, but why wait? Your unit tax advisors are trained and ready to answer any questions you may have and file your income taxes today.Last year, the program saved Kunsan Airmen more than $18,000 in preparation fees and returned to them $247,623 in refunds. This
0 2/10
2014
Default Air Force Logo Traffic accidents in Korea: Do you know what to do?
Do you have car insurance to drive off-base in Korea? Do you know what kind of coverage you purchased? Do you know what to do if you are in an accident off-base? It is incredibly important for you to be able to answer these questions. Korean law differs from American law. Under Korean law, drivers are responsible for the safety of pedestrians and
0 1/17
2014
Default Air Force Logo Would you like fries with that sex?
What color? What age? That'll cost $500.Today, people order other human beings just as they would order a Whopper at Burger King. It's fast. It's easy. And you get choices.As sick as that sounds, it is reality. In our consumer-based society, marketing people has become extremely lucrative. It is so profitable that trafficking in persons is now the
0 10/30
2013
Default Air Force Logo Resilience and the Path We Choose
Recently, I began viewing the television series "The Little House on the Prairie," a favorite television show from my childhood. Mrs. Oleson is one of the featured characters: a wealthy antagonist and a brute of a woman. After viewing each episode I found myself wondering how an individual becomes to be like Mrs. Oleson: unpleasant, self-centered
0 10/29
2013
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