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  • Airmen make progress in bid for Everest

    A team of Air Force mountaineers began their journey to ascend and summit Mount Everest recently as the final expedition of the independent U.S. Air Force Seven Summit Challenge. The team of six Airmen is underway on a 50-day journey to the highest mountain on earth, completing a project that began eight years ago with the goal of reaching the
  • Face of Defense: Airman Brings Weapons Safety to Kabul

    Safety is a cornerstone of almost everything the Air Force does, and when it comes to weapons safety, one unsafe act could be the difference between life and death.Air Force Tech. Sgt. Adam Albrecht, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing weapons safety noncommissioned officer, recently returned from a forward deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he
  • Distracted drivers are traffic dangers

    Everyone knows about the dangers of drunk driving and is encouraged to have a plan in place to get home safely. Many may not realize, however, the things they do every day in their car, like eating, visiting with passengers, or talking on their cell phones, also pose a danger.April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to Luis
  • Motorcycle safety course "trains the trainers"

    The 39th Air Base Wing safety office hosted a motorcycle safety trainer's course that began on March 5 and ends March 15 as part of a U. S. Air Forces in Europe/Air Forces Africa initiative to have more motorcycle safety trainers.The course is designed to teach motorcycle riders how to coach other riders in motorcycle safety classes in a "train the
  • Confessions of a text offender

    As the emergency contact for my mother and sister, and because I'm a single mom, I'm never far from my phone. My reality is that I have to have my phone near me at all times. A side effect of this is that I have developed an obsessive compulsion with texting. If I receive a text message, I HAVE to grab the phone and respond almost immediately. And,
  • 'Seeing' safety important in deployed maintenance

    Melting skin, permanent blindness and facial scarring can be real hazards that Air Force maintainers face daily.Hazards from hydraulic fluid, engine oil and jet fuel are just a few of the dangers Airmen with the 351st Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron have to deal with at home, as well as at deployed locations.Airmen from the 100th Air Refueling
  • All I want is my two front teeth ... or a mouth guard

    Imagine joining your squadron's intramural softball team. You buy a glove, a ball and the proper shoes. You practice with your team. Then, after donning the team's jersey and showing up to the softball diamond for your first game, you take your position on the field.It's game time! An opposing team player steps up to the plate and waits for the
  • A call to leadership

    Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of being on the Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe/Air Forces Africa Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year board. One of the questions asked by a board member was, "If you were in my seat and had to ask the nominees one question, what would you ask and why?" One senior NCO replied, "I would ask each
  • Getting back to basics can save lives

    In the stressed, overworked and strained ops tempo environment of today's Air Force, safety sometimes ends up pushed to the back burner. While this is one solution to our over-filled plates, it is the most dangerous, with literally, life-threatening consequences. However, there is another option that can be lifesaving, and it has to do with our
  • 2012 Air Force safety awards announced

    Air Force Safety Center officials have released the list of recipients of the Secretary of the Air Force, Chief of Staff and Chief of Safety Awards for 2012. "The Air Force can be proud of its many safety achievements in 2012," said Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward, Air Force chief of safety. "It's the individuals and organizations within our safety