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  • Dragon Corner: Follow AFI 36-####..., but Why?

    The U.S. Air Force has Air Force Instructions to explain how certain items need to be done or to provide direction on how to properly carry on the AF mission. Since an AFI is a form of a general order, violation of these orders can lead to disciplinary measures of great consequence. The Air Force Policy Directive 36-29 states, "The importance of
  • Find core values at Mississippi Special Olympics

    When Keesler puts out the welcome mat for the Mississippi Special Olympics Summer Games May 9-11, an army of volunteers is needed to make things happen.This year's Special Olympics theme, "Rising to Excellence," echoes one of the Air Force's core values. Another core value, "service before self," is embodied in the months of preparation leading up
  • Colorectal cancer screening saves lives

    If you're 50 years old or older, you may be due or overdue for a colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) screening test. Getting a screening test could save your life.Colorectal cancer almost always develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Screening tests are available which allow detection of
  • Understanding the risks of electronic cigarettes

    I remember when I first heard about electronic cigarettes. Shortly after starting my current position as the health promotion manager in 2011, I was teaching a tobacco cessation class when one of the participants starting talking about using e-cigarettes. I said to myself, "What's an e-cigarette?" The past two years have been a crash course in
  • Take time to pay respect

    I was on a temporary duty assignment a few weeks back and, while out doing my morning PT, I was stunned at what I saw; when reveille sounded, several active-duty members and civilians ran for the door fearing they would have to stand outside in the cold for a couple of minutes while reveille and "To the Colors" played. I noticed an active-duty
  • Our heritage is now

    When we think of the term heritage, our first instinct is to think of the past. Often thoughts of ancestral lines, property, and traditions handed down from generation to generation cross our minds. Each of us has a heritage that defines where we came from and who we are, but all of us share a common heritage as well. Raising our right hand, we
  • Sorties for Keesler

    I used to love setting up a camera at the end of the runway to film sorties, or jet take offs and landings, when I worked for combat camera. Especially at night, shooting into the brilliant blue, red, or amber runway lights, watching a jet screaming straight for you was exhilarating. Now that I'm a training squadron commander, I view launching
  • Dog, owner encourage disaster preparation

    Hello! I am Ariel Peterson, a golden lab. My partner, Roseanne Peterson, and I are in training for the Jackson County Search and Rescue Team. I think we made a good team because we are patient with each other, enjoy laughing, walking and playing together a lot. We have been together a year. I have one previous partner who turned me in to the humane
  • A legacy of valor: Mark A. Forester

    Senior Airman Mark A. Forester is an American Airman. He was killed in Afghanistan while attempting to save a wounded comrade. On Sept. 29, 2010, at 3:06 p.m., in the Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan, Forester organized his special operations element to assist a fallen teammate, Army Sgt. 1st Class Calvin Harrison. Through a hail of bullets, he
  • A new year and a re-newed focus

    With the New Year came a re-newed focus on developing a culture of responsible Airmen here. The mission of the 81st Training Wing is not only to develop the technically proficient Airmen through 81st Training Group and Medical Group courses, but additionally; like every unit in the Air Force, we are charged with developing Airmen who have a better