By Staff Sgt. Antonio Gonzalez
Air Force Public Affairs Agency
Over the past week, we looked at the analytics from our Facebook page and compiled the top six Air Force pride posts from 2014. Our Saturday pride posts consist of an inspirational quote, a thought-provoking verse from a memorable song, or even a creative photo or graphic highlighting our Airmen and mission.
Check out our top pride posts, and tell us which one is your favorite!
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By Capt. Victoria Hight
Air Force Public Affairs Agency
Everywhere you go, people use words and phrases that give away their origins. Those from the South may insist “ya’ll” is a legitimate contraction (which it is!). Midwesterners tend to refer to their favorite bubbly drink as pop, rather than soda. A dear friend of mine from Minnesota sneaks a very Canadian-sounding “eh?” at the end of her sentences.
The military is well-known for its distinctive jargon and unique phrases. Here’s our list of the top 10 military phrases we’ve heard you use on and off base.
This standby phrase (see what we did there?) originated from the old days of radio correspondence. It most often means “pause for the next transmission.” It’s also used frequently in phone conversations to put the other person on hold.
2. Voluntold and mandatory fun
A combination of the words volunteer + told = a phrase many in the military can relate to. Most of the time you are voluntold to attend mandatory fun. In everyday lingo, these phrases make their appearance during discussion of events you aren’t looking forward to attending. Continue reading 10 phrases Airmen say
By Beatriz Swann (CMSgt, Ret)
Air Force Aid Society
I joined the U.S. Air Force in 1979 at the young age of 18. I knew the Air Force would offer opportunities that I would otherwise not have if I stayed in my hometown. What I thought would be a short stay in the military ended up being 33 years of service. I retired as a chief master sergeant in 2012 and began my second career as Emergency Assistance Caseworker with the Air Force Aid Society, supporting Airmen and their families every day.
As a young airman, I knew about the Air Force Aid Society. It came up each year during the Air Force Assistance Fund campaign – I understood AFAS was where to go if you had an emergency financial situation – but that’s really all I knew. Later on, in my supervisory positions, I encouraged my Airmen to use AFAS if they needed it but still did not know the full scope of what AFAS was all about. Continue reading Continuing the Tradition of “Airmen helping Airmen”
By Bill Goins
Kunsan Air Base Health Promotion Program
Readiness in the military is critical to success. Part of being “ready” is being as fit as possible at all times. We never know when we may have to call on our physical fitness to support contingency operations around the world.
One of the most popular ways to improve and maintain our fitness levels is through running. While injuries can occur during all activities, running carries with a few common injuries that must be dealt with appropriately. I’ve compiled a few strategies to help someone overcome common running injuries so they can continue to strive toward their fitness goals.
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By Lt. Col. Chris Karns
Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
As a child, a close relative of mine committed suicide. In those days, mental health was only discussed in hushed tones and little support was available. I was shaped by this experience and in my military career, I have tried to create an environment where people feel comfortable discussing their problems and supported in their efforts to seek professional help. In fact, I consider this to be a leadership responsibility.
As a squadron commander, I felt part of leadership was knowing the Airmen and creating an environment of trust and support. As an Air War College student, I saw an opportunity to further research mental health and the increased role leadership and communication needs to play in defeating mental health stigma.
Recently, comic genius, renowned actor and USO veteran Robin Williams committed suicide. While this event was tragic, there are lessons to be learned. It helped people recognize that even some who seem to have it all struggle from time to time and need professional help.
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