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Cybercrime: How it affects you

By Special Agent Monte Stephens
Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 221

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.

Although the types of crimes are not necessarily new (theft, fraud, extortion, drug proliferation and sex-based exploitation), the technology provides criminals an unprecedented range of targets, increased operational capabilities and a reduced risk of capture and prosecution.

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Best holiday deployed moments of 2014

By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Let’s face it, being deployed during major holidays feels a bit like getting a lump of coal in your stocking. Some deployed locations have Wi-Fi access for Airmen to chat with their friends and family back home during these special times. However, there are still many places so small and remote they don’t have the communication infrastructure to accommodate commercial internet access.

To overcome these challenges at some “undisclosed” locations, Airmen rely on different base services to help them feel the spirit of the holidays. In 2014, there were five events that warmed our hearts, and brought a slice of home to our Airmen serving at deployed locations around the globe.

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Spiritual resilience

By Airman 1st Class Ariel D. Delgado
47th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs

The holiday season is a time for joy and celebration, but some Airmen may consider it the most challenging time of the year.

Although resiliency training is an important part of our Air Force, Airmen may have a difficult time implementing the skills they learn into their lifestyles. Practicing the pillars of resiliency during the holidays, as well as throughout the year, is crucial.

Understanding the physical, social and mental pillars of resiliency can be simple, but many don’t fully comprehend the meaning of spiritual resilience. So, what is spiritual resilience?

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No room for fear in innovation

By Col. Robert Novotny
48th Fighter Wing commander

“Throughout history, people with new ideas — who think differently and try to change things — have always been called troublemakers.” – Richelle Mead, author.

The Air Force is pushing hard for us to innovate. You hear it when our senior leaders give speeches or post articles imploring us to improve. Examples include the Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century, or AFSO21, process or the new Airmen Powered by Innovation program launched in April. All of that is great, except for the fact that over the last 30 years, we’ve created an organization that is resistant to failure.

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