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  • Strength of the military spouse

    When I hear the words, “Military Spouse” my heart feels heavy. I know firsthand as an 81st Training Wing Key Spouse the highs and lows our resilient military spouses overcome and yet, they continue to rise at every challenge placed before them. They are the glue that holds their family together, make any house their home and reinvent themselves and
  • Teaching understanding through heritage

    Having a population built with diverse backgrounds affords countless opportunities for growth not only as a force, but as a nation. “Heritage is a foundation and with a strong foundation the ceiling can be however high you want it to be,” said Master Sgt. David Whiting, 81st Medical Group diagnostic imaging section chief and Sicangu Lakota Oyate Tribe member. “Native Americans have been through so much over the years and yet, we are still here. That is something I teach to my children and others, life will be tough and throw many things on your path, but yet, you can overcome it all.”
  • SAPR: Cultivating a culture of dignity, respect

    “Protecting our people protects our mission,” said Glen Popejoy, 81st Training Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response manager. “We implement a sexual assault prevention program through the use of prevention training that focuses on consent, awareness, intervention and building healthy interpersonal relationship skills.”The SAPR program
  • Deploying the power of happiness

    A single tear fell from her crystal blue eyes as she embraced her father, wishing him well on his deployment. She may have only been 7 years old, but she knew he was defending her way of life. “I remember how hard it was to say goodbye to my dad when he deployed last year, but I also learned a valuable lesson while he was gone,” said Meddie Tuckey, daughter of Tech. Sgt. Gregory Tuckey, 338th Training Squadron instructor supervisor. “I was inspired to share it with others.”
  • Guiding the next generation

    Mentoring the next generation of leaders in our Air Force holds huge responsibility. Lieutenants and NCOs are responsible for leading Airmen, but they look for guidance from their senior NCOs and company grade officers, those with experience, on how to lead the right way.
  • Developing warfighters of all kinds

    Providing service members mentorship opportunities, the Keesler Professional Development Center strives to help reach personal and professional goals, whilst assisting commanders by providing career enhancement support for the total force.The PDC includes courses such as Informed Decision Briefings, First Term Airman Courses, NCO and senior NCO
  • Reaching back to mentorship

    Going through school we learn lessons and then take tests. For life we take tests and learn a lesson. Would it not be nice to take a look at what other’s learned before you are tested? Well that is exactly what having a mentor does for you.We all have questions and can use the help from those that have gone before us. I have had several formal
  • Conversations cultivating culture

    Airmanship is learned by every Airman at different stages in their career to help build the culture the Air Force strives for. “We need Airmen to understand how to identify themselves with the military and make appropriate decisions,” said Master Sgt. Kristen Jordan, Second Air Force military training leader functional manager. “In Basic Military Training, Airmen complete Airmanship 100 and in their First Term Airman’s Course at their first duty station they get Airmanship 300 with no in between, so that’s where Airmanship 200 comes in.”
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