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  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Why I wear teal: To take care of them

    Editor's note: this story is part of a series featuring Victim Advocates across the 354th Fighter Wing. To view the previous story, click here.Sexual assault used to be something that was foreign to me. It was this myth; a mystery that leadership talked about--at least I thought it was.When I was an Airman, we did not have a Sexual Assault Response
  • Honoring veterans past, present this Veterans Day

    To the men and women of Pacific Air Forces and to veterans across the services, I offer my sincere gratitude and appreciation for your dedicated service. As you know, this Wednesday commemorates a significant date in our nation's history, a day in 1918 where a signed armistice marked an end to World War I. The historical significance of Veterans
  • Why I wear teal: To give them support

    Editor's note: this story is part of a series featuring Victim Advocates across the 354th Fighter Wing. To view the previous story, click here.Why do I wear teal? When I ask myself this question, my eyes start to swell with tears, my heart begins to race, and my chest gets tight; all while my mind takes me back to my childhood.As a child, I was
  • Important TRICARE pharmacy benefit change in effect now

    As of October 1, a new law requires all TRICARE beneficiaries, except active-duty service members, to get select brand-name maintenance drugs through either TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or from a military pharmacy.Beneficiaries who keep using a retail pharmacy for these drugs will have to pay the full cost.Maintenance drugs are drugs you take