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  • Make savings a habit

    How much money do you have in your savings account? Did you know it is recommended military members have at least three months’ worth of their salary in savings?  You never know when an emergency will occur.  The recent government shutdown was a perfect example of needing to be prepared. Set a goal, make a plan, save automatically. Make savings a
  • Struggling with high functioning depression

    When you hear that someone is depressed, what comes to mind?  You may likely conjure an image of someone who looks sad all the time.  You may picture someone who does not want to get out of bed in the morning, is minimally productive at work or frequently calls in sick, but this is not always the case, especially in the military.From the first day
  • Leadership lessons from the battlefield

    This story is comprised of personal viewpoints and in no way implies Air Force or Department of Defense endorsement of the company mentioned, its products or services provided. “You must own everything in your world… there is no one else to blame,” the deep, gravelly and passionate voice of former Navy SEAL Jocko Willink echoed off stage. This
  • What nuclear deterrence should mean to you

    “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” These are the words former President Theodore Roosevelt spoke about his style of foreign policy and it’s still relevant today. The United States has been a nuclear deterrent since the 1940s. Many have questioned whether it’s necessary to possess nuclear weapons, however, I believe it is necessary in order for
  • Keep driving forward

    Bruce Lee said, “…Be formless, shapeless, like water. Now you put water into a cup it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow, or it can crash. Be water my friend.” I can’t think of a better way to look at life. Ever since I heard him say these words they have
  • Becoming an Air Force paralegal

    Have you ever thought about a career in the legal field? Did you know that as an enlisted member you might be eligible to retrain into the paralegal career field? The Air Force paralegal career field has been in existence since May 1, 1955. Even before that date, paralegals played a very prominent role in the judge advocate general's department.
  • Winter blues

    Winter is a fun time for many reasons, including winter sports, hunting and the holidays. But, it also comes with its own stressors. Some of these stressors include conflicts with family or being unable to see them, opportunities to drink too much alcohol or eat too many cookies, getting sick, bad weather, the stresses of travel, or the urge to
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle: a cliché with meaning

    A brown recycling bin sits in the garage in the same spot each day, never being used. You think, “There’s no point. I’m only one person, what difference does it make?”Imagine a world where everyone thought the same – that one person can’t possibly make a difference. What would that world look like?Recycling and conserving has always been a passion
  • Our one-year tune-up: Marriage seminar teaches compassion by communicating

    I have heard various people say the first year of marriage is the hardest. My husband and I have been married for a little over a year, and it has not always been butterflies and rainbows.Through it all we have upheld our promise to keep God as the third strand in our marriage and to love one another through whatever life may throw at us.A friend
  • Ditch the shopping list: Cherish this holiday season

    For many people the holidays are the happiest times of the year. Families come together, sales are everywhere, houses are decorated to the nines and often it is the time when people are in a giving spirit.Unfortunately in the midst of all this holiday cheer, many department stores are now opening their doors Thanksgiving Day for Black Friday
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