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354th Security Forces Squadron Airmen learned the proper way to administer a Field Sobriety Test; which consists of three parts, each designed to assess motor functions, during an exercise on July 13, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman Eric M. Fisher) A sobering truth
On Thursday, July 13, 2017, I had the opportunity of being part of a training which involved a small group of people being sobriety tested by 354th Security Forces Squadron members so they could practice conducting Field Sobriety Tests. During this controlled training, six airmen, including myself, were given varying amounts of alcohol based on our weight to reach the legal Blood Alcohol Content limits for driving in the state of Alaska, which is .08.
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The Mental Health clinic offers many services to Airmen who are struggling. Don’t let a stigma keep you from seeking help. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Cassie Whitman) Busting the mental health myths
A few months ago, I was diagnosed with a chronic pain disorder called fibromyalgia. Not only does it affect my body, but it can also affect my mental health state. When my doctor referred me to mental health, I was slightly concerned. Thoughts ran through my head of the common myths associated with going to the dreaded “Mental Health Clinic.”
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U.S. Air Force Airman Second Class Roy Lee Hursey poses for an official photo circa 1961. Hursey lost his life in the line of duty after a KC-135 Stratotanker crashed into the guard post he was manning shortly after takeoff.  

(U.S. Air Force courtesy photo) 
A Final Farewell: The Untold Story Behind Hursey Gate
Having recently arrived on Eielson Air Force Base, I was curious about the story behind Hursey Gate. I drive in and out of this gate every morning, but I knew only scant details about its namesake. I wanted to know more. After speaking to the Airmen who were there 54 years ago, as well as researching decades-old newspaper accounts, what follows is a faithful retelling of the events that transpired on that tragic night.
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Members of the 354th Comptroller Squadron (CPTS) pose for a group photo, Dec. 21, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The 354th CPTS ensures travel vouchers are completed by hand,which reduced errors made by customers who used to complete their voucher on their own. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Nicole Taylor) Making it full-circle
When I enlisted in the Air Force 14 years ago, a seasoned master sergeant told me, “You’ll see a lot of things change in your career, and if you stay in long enough, you’ll even see some of those things go back to the way they were when you first came in.” But it wasn’t until I in-processed at the Eielson Air Force Base finance office that I was able to see the master sergeant’s prediction come to fruition.
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The 354th Fighter Wing (FW) shield painted on an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, March 21, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Since its constitution in 1942, the 354th FW has seen action in every major conflict in which the United States has been involved, except for the Korean Conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Eric M. Fisher) Beyond a shadow of a doubt
On March 21, I had the awesome opportunity to join my fellow Icemen during the inaugural 354th Fighter Wing Shadow Program at the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. During our tour, we got up close to an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft as they ran various checks on its components. For many Icemen, this was their first time being within arms-reach of a jet and for even more people, their first time to see how it all works.
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Decorations shine bright as the holiday season is in full swing. Many people around the world will decorate inside and out for the upcoming months. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman) Singing loud for all to hear
With the holiday season in full swing, I always like to take some time to reflect on the past year, and the one I’m heading into. What did I accomplish this year? What do I need to improve on next year? Do I have long-term goals to set up, or did I meet any short-term goals? The biggest one I reflect on is: did I use my talents and gifts to help people in need this year?
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Mountains become visible through the clouds Sept. 20, 2016, in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. This is only one of the many views of beautiful scenery offered on the drive through the park. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman) The Youngbird’s Denali Adventure
On the eve of the Air Force’s 69th birthday, I was able to travel to the highest peak in North America: Denali. I was hesitant in my usual optimism about the trip because of the logistical stress that long-distance travel brings to my family of nine. Now that I have visited Denali National Park and Preserve, and was entreated by its glorious nature, I would like to share my Sept. 17 experience.
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U.S. Air Force Airmen lend a helping hand, showing compassion for one another. Compassion is picking up on the subtle cues of friends and co-workers; looking out for your wingmen should extend beyond the battlefield. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman/Released) Showing compassion to a world in disarray
“If compassion was the motivating factor behind all of our decisions, would our world not be a completely different place?” –Sheryl Crow In my opinion, everyone needs compassion, but few people show it. Being in the military, we are taught not to show weakness. Don’t cry, push through pain, conceal all of your feelings and doubts and just do your job.
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Default Air Force Logo Autism Awareness Month
Autism Awareness Month holds a special place in my heart. When my cousin was two years old, he was diagnosed with Autism. It breaks my heart when people treat those with autism differently. Yes, having autism comes with challenges and behavioral differences, but that doesn’t mean they should be treated with any less dignity or respect as those without it.
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman, a 354th Fighter Wing public affairs photojournalist, takes photos Aug. 4, 2015, during RED FLAG-Alaska 15-3, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Whitman is approaching the one year mark in the Air Force and reflected on how her decision to join the military has positively affected her life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released) A year behind me
The decision to join the Air Force came after a long family discussion and personal reflection.My husband, Mitch, joined the Air Force in 2013. We were engaged before he decided that the Air Force would provide him opportunities to learn new things, make money and provide for us.After we moved to Eielson in July 2013, Mitch was busy working and
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