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  • Quit...or press on? Osan to Kunsan Ride - 7th Edition

    On a hot Thursday in August 2008 it began. I had been in the Republic of Korea for about seven months, was a pretty active cyclist and loved to explore. I had never ridden further than 70 miles. On this Thursday, in a passing conversation, a much more accomplished cyclist in the medical group mentioned that he was planning to ride from Kunsan Air
  • The Courage to Continue

    The Courage to Continue Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood...and I--I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. -Robert Frost        Robert Frost reminds us that some roads are similar but you can only travel one, therefore, take your time
  • The five "P"s to overcoming and avoiding running injuries

    Readiness in the military is critical to success.  Part of being "ready" is being as fit as possible at all times, on any given day.  We never know when we may have to call on our physical fitness to "Defend the Base, Accept Follow-on Forces, and Take the Fight North."     One of the most popular ways to improve and maintain our fitness levels is
  • Recognition

    I often get asked the question, "Why are awards so important?" The text book answer is they recognize sustained performance on and off duty. Imagine coming to work and never receiving a "thank you" or pat on the back for a job well done. Most of us dislike being recognized in public, especially in front of our peers. Yet, if recognition were not a
  • Dental care: did you know?

    According to the Academy of General Dentistry, the average person only brushes their teeth for 45 to 70 seconds a day. The recommended amount of time is two to three minutes and at least twice per day. Worldwide, one in four adults over 60 has lost all of their permanent teeth. A good oral hygiene program can prevent tooth loss and should include
  • Kunsan court-martial shows complexity of sexual assault

    On May 22, 2014, the 8th Fighter Wing stood down flying operations to focus on sexual assault prevention and response. In the Kunsan Air Base courtroom, however, military justice operations were running at full force for a sexual assault general court-martial. Over the course of four days, a panel of six officer and enlisted members heard from 17
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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