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Top comments on “Caption This” photos

By Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie
Air Force Social Media

A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
– Charlie Chaplin

With the “Caption This” posts on our Facebook and Twitter pages we strive to bring some joy to everyone’s day. In these posts, you, the fans, share thousands of comments to create comedy gold. Thousands of comments are typed in and we had a tough time whittling it down to our top picks. It was a tough job, but everyone on the Air Force Social Media team compiled their favorites from the past seven “Caption This” posts.

Make sure to read through our top choices to see if we chose your caption!

SEPTEMBER 1, 2015:

Staff Sgt. Alexander (left), 9th Operational Support Squadron, gives instructions to a U-2 pilot during a combat survival course in the Tahoe National Forest near Nevada City, California, Aug. 18, 2015. After attending Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape school, Airmen are required refresher survival training every three to five years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)
Staff Sgt. Alexander (left), 9th Operational Support Squadron, gives instructions to a U-2 pilot during a combat survival course in the Tahoe National Forest near Nevada City, California, Aug. 18, 2015. After attending Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape school, Airmen must take refresher survival training every three to five years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)

1) What year is it? 2015. It worked! – David Gooden

2) I told you not to press the red button!
– Dave Hodgkiss

3) “What are you doing?” “Santa called in for backup.”
– Mike Ropes

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Top 6 Air Force pride posts for 2014

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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Our first Facebook Q & A: Security forces

By Tanya Schusler
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

If you love security forces, you’re in luck because our first-ever Facebook Q & A will focus on it. Follow along or ask questions on the official Air Force Facebook page April 24 from 2 to 2:45 p.m. CDT. The conversation will continue on the Air Force Recruiting Service Facebook page from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. CDT. The chat will feature Staff Sgt. Steven D. Koster, 343rd Training Squadron security forces technical training instructor, and Capt. Gilbert S. Wyche II, 343rd TRS operations officer for security forces ground combat training.

SF FB chat 4.2014

Koster is assigned to the 343rd TRS at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.  After graduating from basic military training and technical training, his first duty assignment was the 30th Security Forces Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. During this assignment, Koster was certified in a variety of duty positions, including response force member and leader, installation patrolman, base defense operations center controller, noncommissioned officer in charge of police services, crime prevention officer, bike patrol flight chief, and Raven RQ 11B pilot. He has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and to the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.

Wyche is assigned to the 343rd TRS at Camp Bullis, Texas. He oversees the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center accredited initial skills training courses for all security forces officers and enlisted Airmen at Camp Bullis. He also manages 10 geographically separated training areas spread across 29,000 acres and accounts for $10 million in equipment. Wyche entered the Air Force in 2006 after graduating as a distinguished graduate from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Clemson University. He completed Security Forces Officer Technical School in 2006 as well. He has served as a flight commander, officer in charge of logistics and resources and operations officer at various stateside and overseas bases. As a security forces officer, Wyche has deployed on three joint expeditionary taskings with the U.S. Army in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Week in Photos, October 19, 2012

Week in Photos GraphicBy Senior Airman Grovert Fuentes-Contreras
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Let’s think about it, photographers put themselves in situations to get shots like the ones in Week in Photos for you. If you were a photographer, what would you want to take pics of?

Photo: Tech. Sgt. Bobby Colliton instructs Staff Sgt. Dane Hatley at combat survival training during 2012 Pacific Thunder near Osan Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 15, 2012. Colliton is a survival evasion resistance and escape specialist from the 18th Operation Support Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, and Hatley is a 33rd Rescue Squadron flight engineer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sara Csurilla)

What’s your story? Aug. 6, 2012


Suicide affects more than one

By Col. Jonathan Sutherland
50th Network Operations Group

I remember the phone call three years ago like it happened an hour ago. My sister called to tell me our dad had died unexpectedly in his sleep. Among the many emotions I encountered shortly thereafter, I distinctly remember reflecting on my dad’s Air Force service as I watched his flag being folded by sharp Air Force honor guard members.

My dad only served four years in the Air Force, but my childhood was filled with stories about his service and the people with whom he served. He rarely spoke of what he did, but focused more on his supervisors, peers and the few subordinates he had. He still knew them by name, where they were from and had a story or two to tell about each of them. After more than 20 years out of the Air Force, he still kept in touch with those Airmen. Frankly, his stories and my excitement about wanting to be part of an organization like that were the main reasons I enlisted in the Air Force a few months after graduating from high school.

I came in the Air Force during an era before computers and cell phones. I knew everyone in the office and nearly everything about them. It was natural. To get something done, you walked to their desk or developed a relationship with them over the phone. I knew just by the sound of their voice or the way they walked into the office what kind of day they were having. I didn’t have to rely on them to post their status on Facebook to understand how they were feeling. Of course, Facebook was still 20 years away.

In today’s digital age, times have certainly changed. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a cyber guy and a huge proponent of technology, so I’m excited to see where we’re headed into the future. However, the one area that we’ve sacrificed is personal relationships and the ability to “read” our fellow Airmen. How many times have you sent an e-mail or text to the Airman sitting in your own office? How well do you know your co-workers, your boss and your subordinates? Do you know where they’re from? Do you know what they do off-duty?

As a young squadron commander in England, I had to pick up the pieces of a devastated unit after a bright, young senior airman took her own life. She was popular, outgoing and an impressive Airman, having won the squadron Airman of the quarter award earlier that year. After her death, we learned how much stress she had in her life and how many signs were out there if people would have just known her better. No one wanted to ask because they didn’t want to “get into her business.” Of course after her death, they all wished they would have.

Tragically, our Air Force is barreling down a path to set a record for suicides in 2012. The previous record for suicides was set in 2010 when 99 fellow Airmen took their own lives. We are well on our way to smash that record this year. In most of these cases, the signs were there, but no one was watching for them. How many of our wingmen are deployed, have moved or worked a different shift schedule? If wingmen aren’t watching out for each other, who is? If you don’t know much about your co-workers, how will you recognize abnormal behavior from normal? It’s incumbent upon each one of us to get to know our fellow Airmen. Step out from behind your desk, walk to the next desk and just ask a few questions about their life. Sure, it might be a little invasive, but it also may reveal the struggles they’re facing.

Twenty-five years from now, when you’re talking to your kids and grandkids about your Air Force life, what will you tell them? Let’s hope you go overboard and tell them about each person you worked with, how they were unique and how much you still stay in touch with them. Everyone has a story to tell. let’s hope you get out from behind your computer to hear them all. I look forward to hearing yours too.

Image: Suicide is often spoken about as if one person is affected, but only the individuals left behind truly understand the full impact of that decision. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Joshua Green)