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  • Tick tactics: avoiding the bite

    One of summer’s most frequent nuisances is the reappearance of insects and arachnids. No matter where you are, they always seem to find their way on or around us. Ticks, arachnids that have been around for thousands of years, are no different. Identifying the different kinds, avoiding their bite, or knowing what to do if one does bite you is valuable information this time of year.
  • Executive Summary

    How well does the U.S. military transform? When are the best time and circumstances to change how the joint force does business? In search of some answers, I came across a short but powerful article written a few years ago by two consultants to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, David Chinn and John Dowdy. They conducted a survey in December 2014 of “almost 1,000 leaders and senior employees in more than 30 U.S. Government agencies and found that only 40 percent believed that their transformation programs succeeded.” Even though these results do not seem heartening to those “change agents” among us, their research suggests how to change one’s military even in a period of budgetary pressure, as was recently experienced in Europe and the United States. In fact, as of this writing, the Budgetary Control Act (or so-called sequestration) is still in force, but the Department of Defense budgetary outlook is fairly bright. So, if we needed to do some thinking when money was tight, should these suggestions not be applied as the situation improves? Let’s take a minute to see if this is the case.
  • Chaplains Corner: PRESS to ACE the Critical Days of Summer

    As temperatures rise and summer calendars fill up with some of our favorite outdoor activities, so does the threat of injuries. It is during these “critical days of summer” we not only see an increase of physical injuries but also an uptick in suicidal risk factors, ideations and attempts of suicide.
  • Hornets supportive of Charleston Reservist's deployment

    When Charleston Reservist Staff Sgt. Della Creech was given the opportunity to work as an HR co-op for the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets she was thrilled. But midway through her co-op, the then special handling joint inspector with the 81st Aerial Port Squadron, here, was tasked with a Middle East deployment as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. Despite her fears, Creech received the full support of her Hornets’ supervisors and coworkers—especially James Jordan, Jr., the team’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer.
  • BLUE: Episode 25 Pilot Pipeline

    The Air Force’s pilot shortage is a complex issue, but when the Air Force starts seeing the signs that they need to do something different, Airmen innovate through technology and processes. Take a journey through the pilot pipeline to see solutions Airmen have implemented in each fighter-pilot training stage.
  • DoD Honors Employers for Support of Guard, Reserve Employees

    Defense Department officials, June 26, announced the 15 recipients of the 2018 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest U.S. government honor to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees. Among the recipients is 38th Aerial Port Commander Maj. Jason Snyder’s employer, FMI Corp., Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Networks, Innovation Key to Air Force Philosophy

    Building networks and continuing innovation are key to defending against future threats, Air Force leaders said at the Defense One Tech Summit in Washington.
  • Air Force Widow vows to bring awareness to invisible wounds

    Air Force veteran Stacey Pavenski, 46, of Palm Bay, Florida, has post traumatic stress disorder, but she didn’t get it from serving in combat. It came from her husband’s combat struggles that drove him to take his own life in their bedroom, Sept. 18, 2017, while she was in the kitchen. He was 45.
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