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Commentaries

  • Sexual assault victim speaks out, ‘you are not alone’

    By AIR FORCE STAFF SGT. NANCY KASBERG

    American Forces Network - Kaiserslautern

    I remember the day like it was yesterday. My heartbeat echoed in my head as I attempted to dry my sweaty hands on my jeans. I was 21 years old, sitting in a Korean court room, waiting to be questioned by prosecutors. How I ended up there was unreal. Just a few months earlier I was happy; I had a loving husband, amazing friends and arguably the greatest job in the Air Force, but the color in my world had been stolen.

    This is my story of how I was sexually assaulted.

  • Bataan March test headline

    More than 5,000 service members and civilians created a sea of different military uniforms and athletic apparel to meet a challenge. They all arrived in the chill of the early morning on the installation nestled at the feet of a large mountain range.

  • War-weariness not an excuse to ignore funding issues, veterans crises

    By LISA SMITH MOLINARI
    meatandpotatoes.com

    All I did was go to a movie, eat a jumbo tub of popcorn, and fall asleep watching TV. But I’m totally exhausted.

    Not in the fatigued sense of the word, but exhausted as in spent, drained, tapped out from the endless barrage of negative news related to the military.

  • Airman honors family for their support and sacrifices

    By AIR FORCE CHIEF MASTER SGT. MATTHEW LUSSON

    6th Air Mobility Wing Command Chief

    As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations today, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago.

    In April of 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman at the time, to be my wife, for better or worse. We were married later that year and along our journey these past 20 years, we have seen many places, been blessed with two wonderful children and made many friends.

  • ‘Three Cups of Tea,’ a hot pepper lead to mission success

    By CAPT. CARLA GETCHELL

    133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    With March being Women’s His-tory month kentuckyguard.com is publishing a series of stories cele-brating Kentucky women and the roles they played in our military history. Following is one such story:

  • Cybercrimes target service members

    By SPECIAL AGENT MONTE STEPHENS
    Air Force Office of Special Investigations
    Cybercrime is the fastest growing and most dynamic area of crime. Ever-increasing reliance on cyber technology is allowing criminals to operate with virtual impunity across a range of criminal activities and jurisdictions.

  • ID theft causes multiple problems

    By CATRINA FRANCIS
    Gold Standard Senior Staff Writer
    We all know there are a few constants in life and one of them is taxes. But identity theft isn’t one of those constants.
    A few years ago I found what I thought was a more efficient way of doing taxes from the comfort of my home. I began using Turbo Tax because it was accessible from my PC and it was cost effective.

  • Camaraderie in military changes definition of ‘friendship’

    Lisa Smith Molinari

    Navy wife, mom and author, meatandpotatoesoflife.com

    What makes a true friend?

    We could wax philosophic on the issue, carefully tempering real life accounts with the well-researched results of valid clinical studies of human behavior and sociology.

    Or, we could just Google it.

  • Salute to female trailblazers’ lasting mark in American history

    By CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER JOSEPH LYDDANE

    138th Field Artillery Brigade

    There are many reasons why every year in March the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom (Canada in October) reserve a full month of recognition to celebrate women. Among them are the many contributions made by females that have impacted the world.

  • Safety should be priority, mission should take second place

    By AIR FORCE CAPT. DAVID LIAPIS
    92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
    A couple of feet and a half a second. These may seem like insignificant measurements; but when combined with fatigue, a couple of feet almost cost me my career, and that half a second almost ended my life.