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  • Commentary: Deployment 101

    Earlier this month, I had the privilege of witnessing deployers from the 507th Operations Support Squadron reunite with their loved ones at the end of their deployment. My wife was a key spouse providing information and communication to families to ensure a smooth transition for everyone. Later, we discussed questions she received from others
  • Staying healthy during the holidays

    It’s that time of the year again. Squadron potlucks, family dinners, and eating out while shopping or traveling. According to a recent study by Cornell University, some Americans will consume 4500 calories and 250 grams of fat during holiday celebration dinners leading to an average weight gain of 1.3 pounds by the New Year with some gaining much
  • Suicide: no glory

    Editor’s Note: none of the events referred to in this commentary happened at Kirtland. Silence befell the dorm, a place that was never quiet. OSI agents were carefully processing the room before permitting me to document. Shaolin the DVD was at its menu screen, the music from the motion picture eerily playing on repeat the whole time I was in the room. The smell of multivitamins, Glade Hawaiian breeze plug-ins and vomit were all mixing in the air. The room and atmosphere became cold and lifeless. The sink was covered in emptied sleeping aid capsules, a blender bottle over filled with a concoction of vitamins and other pills. The agents left the room for me to work without disruption but there was one person that didn't leave. It was the young Airman laying stiff on the bed, with a bag over his head with vomit crusted around his mouth, neck and chest. This was my first alert photography call for a suicide. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be my last.
  • That time of the year, it’s tax season

    Tax season is around the corner and members of MacDill Air Force Base, Florida will hopefully be able to receive a nice amount of cash back from all their hard work this year.
  • Changes Are Coming to TRICARE: Are You Ready to Take Command of Your Health?

    Changes are coming to your TRICARE benefits beginning Jan. 1, 2018. These changes are designed to give you more benefit choices, improve access to care, simplify cost shares and allow you to take command of your health.
  • Ms. Veteran American finalist stand up for women in need

    Being an Aeromedical Evacuation medical technician, I have had experiences that bring me all around the world for both training and real-world missions. AE is more than a job to me, it is what makes me who I am.
  • Chief's View: Reflections from a memorable first year

    Reflecting on my first year as the command chief and the newly named senior enlisted advisor to the chief of the Air Force Reserve, I feel honored to represent the more than 56,000 Reserve enlisted Airmen who continue to support global operations. The Air Force Reserve could not accomplish the mission without you. I want to share some highlights of
  • From The Top: Reflections from a memorable first year

    As I reflect on my first year as your chief and commander, I have to admit I am still overwhelmed by the honor and humbled by the privilege to serve you and your families. I wake up every morning in awe of your commitment to your families and this country! I am grateful to be able to serve beside the best Airmen in the world.This first year has
  • What you need to know about Zika

    You might think storms rolling in would be the only major concern during Florida’s Hurricane Season, but with warmer weather and rain comes another threat – mosquitos. Here at MacDill, pest control officials make every effort to ensure you and your family is safe from these dive bombing bloodsuckers. Here’s what you need to know about Zika and preventative measures.
  • When preparation meets opportunity

    An inside look at the public affairs development team as they shape the career field through individual Reserve Officer Development Plans.