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July 12, 2016

Provide time, reap benefits

I've always been someone who enjoys teaching others. In college, I was a resident advisor and coached a middle school field hockey team. While enlisted in the U.S. Air Force attending photojournalism technical school, I was a flight chief.For me, I find pleasure in helping someone succeed in reaching their goals or guiding them toward the path to

April 6, 2016

Breaking the monotony of training

The majority of everyone in the military can attest to those days where training seemed to be a grind, and a three hour block of instruction felt like days to get through. You went through the paces, struggled through the power points and at many times lost motivation quickly.No matter if you're "high-speed', a diligent worker, an optimist or even

Feb. 9, 2016

Managing child dental trauma

Imagine a child just fell at the park.  What to do if the tooth is broken, out of place or knocked out?  The two most common causes of dental trauma are accidental falls and sports; therefore, children are at a higher risk of dental trauma.  Below is an overview of the most common types of dental trauma and what parents need to know.With any head

Dec. 8, 2015

Soy Boricua

Editor's note: The following commentary was written in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 - Oct. 15.Was it the lively deep brown ringlets sprouting from my head that clued you in?What about my olive skin, reminiscent of the smoothest looking caramel?Maybe it was my eyes resembling almonds, reflecting the colors of the richest tilled

Aug. 12, 2015

JBLE Legal Corner: Avoiding ‘bird-dogging’

Scams aimed at taking advantage of U.S. military members are nothing new; however, one such scam, "bird-dogging," has re-emerged as a threat to Service members' financial security.Bird-dogging refers to the act of soliciting sales for a third party and is illegal both on and off base. One example occurs when a person serves as an unlicensed car

Oct. 17, 2014

Two months ago, I wanted to die

Editor's Note: The following commentary was written in observance of Depression Awareness Month.Two months ago, I wanted to die.Allow me to clarify - I was not suicidal on that dark, August night when I hit rock bottom. I did not want to take a razor to my wrists. I did not want to swallow a bottle of pills. I did not want to fire a gun. I did not

Oct. 17, 2014


Editor's Note: This poem was published in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.I was so young seeing things that my eyes didn't yet understandTill this day, how could someone consciously hit a womanAnd call themselves a manFor reasons unknown to his enraged and ignorant mindHe would beat her, for any reason he could findAs her heart

Sept. 15, 2014

Coins, careers and lessons learned: An Airman's journey to knowing it all

For me, September marks a bittersweet time of year. As the summer and the memories it brought fade, replaced with the brisk winds of change, I look forward to my Air Force anniversary and back on how far I've come in the past three years. With my annual reflection also comes a different anniversary, the Air Force birthday.As I remember the highs

Jan. 22, 2014

Want to get promoted? Be an expert at your job first!

How many of us have heard our fellow Airmen say, "Want to get promoted? You've got to volunteer every weekend." Many think the only way to win a quarterly award is to volunteer, pursue education and spend time kissing up to leadership. I have heard so many times in my career how we've got to "fill the right squares" in order to get promoted. There

Jan. 15, 2014

From behind the lens: Airman reflects on new year, new beginnings

As the clock on the living room wall of my mother-in-law's house in my hometown of Lowellville, Ohio, ticked closer to midnight on New Year's Eve, The excitement of those around me grew while I sat on the worn couch.My friends and family happily chatted while donning party hats and clutching noise makers, poised for the celebration just 15 minutes

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