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  • Mentor families give Airmen a place to call home

    After two Airmen stationed at Tinker Air Force Base with the 552nd Air Control Wing were fatally wounded in a car accident on the night of Christmas Eve in 2011, Pam Kloiber asked then-Col. Gregory Guillot if there was anything she could do to help.“I didn’t expect an answer, but he looked at me and said ‘you know, I have an idea I’ve always wanted
  • Highest highs, lowest lows: Hanscom Airman shares personal story of resiliency

    Paths through life can be treacherous. Winding, slippery and uncertain, obstacles along the way can derail a journey completely and stop it in its tracks. Tech. Sgt. Corey Nowell, noncommissioned officer in charge of movement support at the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office Northeast, has forged his own roadmap from his failures and achievements.
  • Fighting the demons: A 'typical' Defender's story

    If there is a “typical” security forces Airman, retired Master Sgt. Dwayne Pyle says he was it. He loved his job and felt he was good at it, even though he did get into a little trouble during his first assignment in Germany.
  • AFMC launches new holistic resiliency effort

    The Air Force Materiel Command has launched a new initiative that aims to increase unit cohesion and connectedness by emphasizing a culture that holistically builds mental, physical, social and spiritual fitness across the enterprise. Driven by the Air Force Resilience Tactical Pause held in fall 2019, the AFMC Connect effort focuses on the importance relationships and communication in a resilient culture. Monthly training topics with tools and implementation guidance center on deliberate, leader-driven meaningful discussions.
  • Teen daughter of Air Force family writes children’s book

    “Betty Bubblegum was a sassy-sweet, fearless animal lover who spent her weekends riding horses, wearing brave fashion accessories, and adventuring with her friend, a good-natured service dog named Emily,” so starts the recently published children’s book by 13-year-old Brianna Heim. The book is titled Brave Betty & Her Besties.
  • Locker room “Angel” cares for Airman during medical emergency at the gym

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – It was just another day at the gym for Bridget Kleismit, when she started her workout at the Wright Field Fitness Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force base.With plans to spend time on the treadmill followed by light weight lifting, Bridget hoped to get a quick workout in before work.But what started off as a
  • Resiliency, drive keeps Airman focused on future goals

    Natural disasters and civil war: two life-altering events that would equate to monumental challenges for almost anyone. But for 23-year-old Team Edwards member Senior Airman Prince Jarbo, not only did he fight through those challenges, but he has also thrived and saw those events as opportunities to improve himself.
  • Connectedness the key to defeating the enemy

    For the Tyndall AFB team, identifying the enemy has taken on a heightened sense of urgency since Hurricane Michael’s landfall on Oct. 10, 2018. The storm not only leveled the base, it wreaked havoc on the lives of Airmen, civilian employees and family members displaced and impacted. Since then, the struggle to recover has not only been a physical one, but increasingly mental and emotional as well. The Air Force loses more Airmen to this enemy than combat.
  • Airman shares story of resiliency at B-52 resiliency tactical pause

    U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein recently said in a note to commanders that suicide is an adversary killing more Airmen than any enemy on the planet.In order to address rising suicide rates in the Air Force, a resiliency tactical pause was ordered with each wing at liberty to handle the day how they felt best.  A combined B-52
  • Wounded Warrior speaks so others can

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – As Air Force suicides trend upward, Wounded Warriors like retired Master Sgt. Adam Boccher are pleading with Airmen through their own stories to share the burden of breaking barriers before barriers break them.“I thought that if I asked for help, I would look weak. I couldn’t look weak,” said Boccher, Air
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