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Airman 1st Class Vernon L. Fowler Jr., 6th Air Mobility Wing honor guardsman, presents the flag at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., March 14, 2014. The base honor guard prides itself in showing the utmost dignity and respect in all the services it provides. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Senior Airman Shandresha Mitchell/ Released) Honorable and Faithful Service
"On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Air Force, and a grateful nation please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one's honorable and faithful service."It would be difficult for someone to imagine the feeling of staring into the eyes of a grieving family member while presenting them a
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2014
Career Development Courses are part of an airmen’s upgrade training, which is needed to receive the next skill level in a career field. CDCs are important to every airmen’s success; they teach airmen the skills needed to progress in a career field and in the U.S Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tori Schultz/Released) Testing to the next level
Career Development Courses are mandatory for every Airmen to finish within the first 12 months of their time on station. In order to pass the end of course exam, you are required to score 65 percent or higher. CDCs are part of an Airmen's upgrade training, which is needed to receive your five-skill level in the career field. CDCs are important to
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2014
Col. Scott V. DeThomas, 6th Air Mobility Wing commander Take care of our military children
As the MacDill Air Force Base installation commander, I appreciate this opportunity to share my perspective on the unique challenges facing our military children and thank our great community for their overwhelming support for our military. A military family lives a very different lifestyle than most civilians can imagine. We, as a country, often
0 12/04
2013
Default Air Force Logo Walk a mile in their shoes
Death. Work. Stress. Divorce. Custody disputes. Finding a balance.Everyone has problems in their lives and everyone handles their problems differently. When I had substantial problems in my life, I didn't handle them like everyone else.I cut myself.I thought I was dealing with everything well. I felt like I was okay and still wore a smile. However,
0 11/27
2013
Chief Master Sgt. Thomas B. Mazzone, 6th Air Mobility Wing command chief.

Asking for help is courageous
In the 1990's it was not uncommon for an Airman to hear the phrase "Suck it up!" It was also rare to find the supervisor who would encourage Airmen to seek help to work through mental health concerns. It seemed the Senior Noncommissioned Officers were worried more about maintaining the appearance of a strong and ready force. Unbeknownst to them,
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2013
Senior Airman Jenay Randolph, 6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, poses for a picture with her children Nov. 25, 2013 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Randolph is the mother of two under the age of two that finds the balance between single motherhood and active-duty Air Force.The son, Jaylen Brown, is 17 months and the daughter, Jordyn, is four months.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shandresha Mitchell/Released) From Airman to Mommy
It's 5:15 A.M. , my alarm goes off and I roll out of bed and begin to put on the U.S. Air Force uniform and prepare for work at 7:30 A.M. Some may be wondering why so early, well not only do I have to prepare myself for duty, but I have to get my two children ready for their day and yes I do it alone. My Air Force career is different than some, but
0 11/26
2013
Default Air Force Logo History: avoiding the consequences of ignoring it
The Airmen of the 6th Operations Support Squadron know of my love for history--they get bits and pieces of it all the time, especially of our Air Force heritage. Being asked to write a small commentary afforded me the opportunity to talk to all who are in circulation of this wonderful publication. It is the perfect forum to express one's thoughts
0 10/28
2013
Default Air Force Logo Fire chief persepctive- Proud to be a civil engineer
I proudly wear the Civil Engineer badge! Not only does it look cool, but there is a "real" purpose (no pun) for a firefighter's "engineer" status. From time to time, the question is asked, "Why are firefighters in CE?" The answer is simple. Like all engineers, we are inherently "problem solvers" and our success, or ability to solve problems rests
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2013
Default Air Force Logo Women's Equality Day
Every year on Aug. 26, Americans celebrate Women's Equality Day. Instituted by Rep. Bella Abzug and established in 1971, the date commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Woman Suffrage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave American women full voting rights in 1920. This year, as we celebrate this major milestone in American
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2013
Rocco Take a stand!
Every day, I pick up a newspaper or see an account of an American being celebrated for taking a stand. For some, the stand was for faith, for others, against injustice. For some, the stand was to defend freedom, for others to defend rights--even when the defense of those rights was not always clear to all segments of our society. I admire fellow
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2013
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