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  • Smashed Vs. Social

    Airman Curious: "What are you doing this weekend?"Airman Goodtimes: "I'm getting smashed!"Wolf Pack, I'm guessing we've all heard this before. Good, bad or indifferent, alcohol is entrenched in our military culture. I'm not going to say you shouldn't drink. I enjoy it like the next guy - and not to be a hypocrite, have overindulged on occasion
  • More rewarding than you know: Consider becoming a first sergeant

    Promotion selections to master sergeant are scheduled for release mid-May, and the Air Force is set to gain a large pool of selects eligible for the first sergeant special duty. If you're currently a master sergeant or happen to be one of those selected, I encourage you to seriously consider applying to become a first sergeant. By October 2012, the
  • Promoting child abuse awareness

    Since 1983, Congress has recognized April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Even though Kunsan has few to no family members here, April still gives service members a chance to think about strengthening family bonds through adversity.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates an average of four children die in the United
  • STIs: Are you free?

    Are you free of a sexually transmitted infection? April is National STD Awareness Month, a time to bring awareness to the young and old and to get tested for STIs.Some of the most common STIs worldwide are chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV; all of which have been reported here at Kunsan. STIs are spread through unprotected sex and can
  • Excellence is attainable: Lead by example

    The great football coach, Vince Lombardi, once said, "Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence." With Kunsan's Consolidated Unit Inspection upon us, this is something all Wolf Pack members should take to heart. I believe excellence is attainable and something we can all strive for. One way to do this is by
  • Caffeine: Are you taking in too much?

    How many mornings do you start-off by reaching for a cup of coffee, a Red Bull, or some other energy drink...or two, or three? How about throughout the day? Most people are unaware of how much caffeine they are really taking in. Current data suggests that the average American consumes approximately 200 milligrams of caffeine daily, or about 2 cups
  • Smile, Wolf Pack

    I've been told, "every time I see you, you are always smiling." However, trust me when I tell you my life is not perfect. I sometimes feel anxiety, stress, and loneliness like anyone else. I miss my family, my home, and even the long strolls through Target; but these things will not stop me from smiling. The truth of the matter is that a lot of
  • Never saw this coming: Lessons learned in trying times

    I had the world by the tail: U. S. Air Force Academy graduate, Air Force pilot, six-time commander, 30-year Air Force career, and two stars; fit, healthy and strong. But subtle problems appeared out of nowhere: occasional vertigo, mild persistent headaches, cognitive challenges, having to stop during a hard run.I went to see the flight surgeon and
  • Dude, Where’s my refund?

    Over the last two months, the Kunsan Air Base Tax Center has helped 120 customers file 160 returns, garnering more than $120,000 in income tax refunds. Due the popularity of the Tax Center and a volunteer shortage due to preparation for the upcoming compliance inspection, we will not be able to accept any new clients before the April 17 filing
  • Learn from my mistake: Get your CCAF done

    I want to first start off by saying that I absolutely love the Air Force. This July will be 23 years I have served in the greatest Air Force this world has ever seen. I have loved my jobs both on the aircraft maintenance side as well as the first sergeant side. However, there is one regret I have based on a mistake that I think many can learn from.