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The Real Unsung Heroes

By Senior Master Sgt. Kevin R. Shane
20th Reconnaissance Squadron

In the fast paced tempo of today’s operational environment, I’m often thousands of miles away from home due to temporary duties, deployments or training.

As I am off doing what I have loved for over twenty-five years at various locations, I find myself asking: Do I thank my spouse and family enough, or even at all?

Did I thank them for everything they do for me and this great country? Did I thank them for the numerous sacrifices they have made while allowing me to take care of the Air Force mission and the people I am responsible for? Continue reading The Real Unsung Heroes

Mrs. Welsh and Mrs. Cody Jan 21 tweetchat

By Air Force Public Affairs Agency
Social Media Division

In case you missed out on our Jan. 21 tweetchat with Mrs. Betty Welsh, Chief of Staff of the Air Force spouse and Mrs. Athena Cody, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force spouse, you can catch up on the questions and answers below!

Q1: Why does it seem so difficult to get into a routine and break old habits?
A1: A1: It takes time & perseverance to change behaviors and establish new habits. On average–66 days! (cont) #BettyWelsh
A1 (cont): Start out with a reasonable goal– know that with time & patience you will create long-lasting change. #BettyWelsh

Q2: How do I get started on my 2014 Healthy Living goals?
A2: First, list your goals & then break them down into achievable steps. Engage your family & friends for support.

Q3: What resources have you found or tools to help you stay on track that you would like to share with us?
A3: We have great resources to support you as well—check http://www.usaffitfamily.com/home

Q4: @AFWSOWIFE asks what would be the No. 1 best new habit to get started on the most healthy lifestyle? #BettyWelsh
A4: .@AFWSOWIFE Healthy eating helps you feel better, have more energy, prevents major illnesses to include heart disease, high blood pressure.

Q5: @usairforce is there a program for civilians to get fit and enlist? #dreamjob #BettyWelsh
A5: @SafariBear1107 Ask local recruiting office for advice to meet your goals! Airforce.com has a list of recruiters. #BettyWelsh

Q6: For the tweetchat followers to answer! How many of you have set goals for this year, and what are they? #BettyWelsh

Q7: Can you live at home and still work in the Air Force day to day if you live in the region of the base? #BettyWelsh
A7: @FastTrack_Shaq: Contact your ANG or AFR office for opportunities to serve! See GoANG.com. #BettyWelsh

Q8: Do you have some stress reducing activities that you would like to share?
#BettyWelshA8: Stress by itself wears down our health and well-being. As military spouses we forget that saying NO is OK! (cont) #BettyWelsh
A8 (cont): We must take time for ourselves in order to take care of others. #BettyWelsh

Q9: @Kaboom_Krusader: What can the Air Force offer towards a culinary arts career? Is it a competitive field? #BettyWelsh
A9: The Air Force sends services personnel and enlisted aides to culinary training. #BettyWelsh

Q10: What is a good workout to help train for pararescue? #BettyWelsh
A10: Military.com outlines the requirements for passing the PJ fitness test & advice for prep for it. @Militarydotcom #BettyWelsh

Q11: @AFWSOWIFE: @AFYouthPrograms Any network for work out buddies to connect with in the DC area? #BettyWelsh
A11: Sorry we can’t endorse any networks. Please do a search for workout groups. #BettyWelsh

Q12: Who do I contact to run track while in the Air Force? #BettyWelsh
A12: Talk with a recuiter. For more information check out academyadmissions.com/admissions/. #BettyWelsh

Q13: If I transfer from another service, will my rank be reset? #BettyWelsh
A13: Check with an Air Force recruiter, and you can chat with one on airforce.com. #BettyWelsh

Q14: If doing ROTC, can someone be an astronaut? #BettyWelsh
A14: Yes, it’s a possibility if you’re on the right career path and meet the requirements. #BettyWelsh

Q15: #BettyWelsh Has being a military spouse helped your own ability to stay committed to health & fitness in any way?
A15: I think a few of the lessons I’ve learned about flexibility, resilience and knowing that taking care of others starts with taking care of myself has helped me stay connected tothe importance of healthy living.

Q16: How do you find time during your busy lives to exercise/eat healthy? Some days it’s so hard!

A16: You have to schedule it into your day, and stick to it – don’t change
that part of your schedule. The first month is always the toughest!
A16 contd: The Air Force is moving to 24-hour gyms to help us fit the gym into
our busy schedules. Now there’s no excuse! (followed by A1 tweets about 24
hour gyms).

Q17: How do you encourage your family/children to be active & fit?
A17: Lead by example! And set goals as a family…working together to
accomplish fitness goals can strengthen your family beyond the gym.

Stay tuned for our next chat!

Sept. 3, 2013 tweet chat with Mrs. Welsh and Mrs. Cody

In case you missed out on our Sept. 3 tweet chat, #USAFchat on @usairforce, with Mrs. Betty Welsh, Chief of Staff of the Air Force spouse and Mrs. Athena Cody, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force spouse, you can catch up on the questions and answers below!

Mrs. Welsh and Mrs. Cody

Q1: What’s the best part about being in the US Air Force? #USAFchat
A1: Being part of a team of people who proudly wear the uniform of their nation and the families who serve alongside them. #USAFchat

PHOTO: Mrs. Betty Welsh and Mrs. Athena Cody pose for a quick picture prior to their Sept. 3 tweet chat.

Q2: Have you listened to the Air Force band perform?#USAFchat
A2: They’re a group of remarkably talented #Airmen representing the U.S.! We listen to them all the time & love to hear them play. #USAFchat

Q3: Best career/family advice for a young Airman planning his wedding for next year? #USAFchat
A3: Get your spouse connected to all the great programs on base that will enhance quality of life and ease the transition. #USAFchat

Q4: Why should I choose the Air Force? I want to do Aircraft Metals Technology. #USAFchat
A4: To be a part of the #airpower team! A chance to serve your country alongside the greatest #Airmen on Earth! #USAFchat

Q5: What advice would you give to a trainee Airman about to leave for basic training? #USAFchat
A5: Stay focused, be a team player and get in shape!#USAFchat

Q6: Does the Air Force still pay full tuition for any college? #USAFchat
A6: The AF offers many educational opportunities for both enlisted & officer candidates. Contact your recruiter at airforce.com!

Q7: Anything outside of getting good grades to help me get into the Academy? It’s my dream! #USAFchat
A7: A good attitude and community involvement. It’s not just about good grades; they’re looking for a well-rounded person. #USAFchat

Q8: How are you involved in spouse employment initiatives? #USAFchat
A8: I recently went to the White House and met with the @JoiningForces team. (cont’d) #USAFchat
A8 (cont’d): @JoiningForces is committed to connecting spouses to resources, jobs and portable careers. 1.usa.gov/19fgY0F #USAFchat

Q9: What does a special forces job consist of and is it the front line for the AF? #USAFchat
A9: Battlefield Airmen ROCK! There are many opportunities @AFSpecOpsCmd — Airforce.com has more info and videos. Check it out.

Q10: When were you the most proud to be an American Airman? #USAFchat
A10: The day we were able to watch the legacy continue with our children. We both have sons serving and are exceptionally proud! #USAFchat

Q11: I noticed on your husband’s FB page you were traveling to bases in the Pacific. Did you meet w/spouses? What did you learn? #USAFchat
A11: Yes, Mrs. Cody and I met with Airmen and spouses. Our Airmen & families rock! (cont’d)#USAFchat
A11 (cont’d): When overseas, comm. is vital to keeping connected & informed because we know frustration is the enemy. (cont’d) #USAFchat

Q12: Can you have 20/20 corrected vision and be a pilot in the AF? #USAFchat
A12: There are quite a few different rules on this. Please contact your recruiter for more info.#USAFchat

Q13: How can we best prepare transitioning service members to be veterans and share post-service opportunities? #USAFchat
A13: Take advantage of available resources as you transition, like the new TAPS program and#HireOurHeroes. #GoOrange! #USAFchat
Thank you for the conversation! Please continue to follow us on FB: CSAFSpouse and GenMarkAWelshIII or @GenMarkWelsh on Twitter! #USAFchat

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