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  • LT gives the gift of life

    While we all have our own reasons for choosing to answer our nation's call, certainly at the forefront of each of our minds is the intrinsic desire to help and serve others in need. This Thanksgiving, I am especially humbled by the opportunity I had just weeks ago to become a bone marrow donor for a total stranger. If you're like me, you took the
  • Being an Airman and a woman

    I love writing commentaries. It gives me the chance to tell a story in a very informal way. But, for the first time, I don't know if even a commentary will do justice. I don't know if there's any way to tell this story - to make you feel as if you were there with me. I was going to go into a long, drawn-out background of how I got the opportunity
  • The Enlisted Perspective: Air Force families

    Some lasting memories I will always cherish from my Air Force career are the tarmac reunions of loved ones and our returning Airmen warriors. Witnessing spouses, parents and children with tears of joy running down their cheeks simply leaves one speechless and reminds us what is truly important in life. Those who sit on the other side of the dining
  • UCI: The time to prepare is NOW!

    If you haven't heard by now that the wing will undergo a unit compliance inspection in April, you've either just got here, have been deployed for a while, or live under a rock. I have known about the UCI for a while. The captain in my office worked very hard completing our UCI binders. His goal was to give the office the best chance at inspection
  • Reveille and retreat - what do I do?

    It's almost 5 p.m. and you are ready to head home for the day. You start to walk out the door and hear the sound of retreat playing. What do you do? Some of us would like to turn around and walk back inside the building, or make a mad dash for the car. Time is precious and you don't really want to waste two minutes of it standing in the chilly
  • Disabled, not incapable

    Did you know that the month of October is Disability Awareness Month? Did you know that Grand Forks AFB employs many physically and mentally disabled people? Did you know that, according to the Disability Resource Center, almost everyone will develop physical or other disabilities at some point? We are all "temporarily-abled." Many disabilities,
  • Auto insurance, a requirement not an option

    Do you ever wonder why it is so important to have car insurance? Do you ever question why we pay so much for seemingly no immediate return? It is hard for many to justify the monthly insurance payments when we may never use the product that we are paying for. The idea behind the purchasing of insurance is to protect you, your friends, your family
  • What will you do on your four-day weekend?

    This weekend will be a four-day weekend for most Warriors of the North. What will you do on this short vacation? Perhaps you might drive home for the weekend. It's only 1,200 miles away? Let's see, if I left right after work Thursday and drove until I get tired, took a power nap, then hit the road again, I'd be home in time to party on Friday night
  • A Long Distance Goal

    Running has always been one of my favorite pastimes, but I never attempted a marathon before. The idea of running a marathon had been formulating in my mind for the past few years since running as part of the cross country team in high school. I finally decided to take the plunge while I was attending Wood Badge leadership training for the Boy
  • Sept. 11, a catalyst for change

    When I was in the sixth grade, I remember learning about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. I went home that afternoon and asked my parents if they remembered it. They both could remember, in vivid detail, where they were and what they were doing that day. I remember thinking it was strange how my parents were able to recall a memory