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Default Air Force Logo The second impact is often the deadliest
Did you know there are three collisions that occur in every crash? While a vehicle crash in its simplest form may be over within seconds, other objects within the vehicle are still in motion. Let's examine this all-too-common scenario: Vehicle hits object, vehicle either comes to a sudden stop (yikes!) or continues until the forward velocity is
0 4/15
2014
Chief Master Sgt. David Dock, Headquarters, Air Force Space Command, Directorate of Manpower, Personnel and Services Remembering my Air Force journey
Sometimes, a journey doesn't make sense until you've crossed the finish line. Often, it is only after you've run the race that you can look back and reflect upon the path you took to get to where you stand today. This fall, I will cross a major finish line in my life when I officially retire from the Air Force after 27 years of service. So, I find
0 4/07
2014
Default Air Force Logo Celebrating diversity in our Air Force
As I contemplated this article and the fact that it would be published during February, which is African American/Black History Month, I thought at first that perhaps I'm not the best candidate to write this. After all, I'm not African-American or any other ethnic minority. But upon further reflection, I decided that some of the experiences I had
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2014
Lt. Col. Melissa Krambeck, 45th Space Wing director of wing inspection A Sexual Assault Survivor's View: What Did I Survive?
Editor's note: this is part two in an eight-part series about sexual assault awareness.I am a survivor of a traumatic sexual assault. I was raped 20 years ago, and I still relive the rape when reminders trigger my memories. It took me 19 years to disclose the details of my assault outside my immediate family. An Airman I knew in technical training
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2014
Lt. Col. Melissa Krambeck, 45th Space Wing director of wing inspection A Sexual Assault Survivors View: Trigger for Survivors
Editor's note: This is part one of an eight-part series about sexual assault awareness.For the first time in 7 years, I attended Sexual Assault Awareness Training. It was a major milestone for me. Stepping back in time (I was sexually assaulted in 1993), in 2004 the Air Force released a training video which was mandatory viewing/training for all
0 1/28
2014
When riding a motorcycle under the influence, poor judgment and distorted vision get in the way of your brain trying to solve complicated physics calculations while considering acceleration, speed, lean angle, side slip, road surfaces, obstacles, time and distance to decision points and evasive maneuvers should your calculations prove wrong. (Courtesy photo) Got Alcohol? Then Don't Ride
Riding motorcycles sober is dangerous enough. Riding under the influence is suicidal. Those who have tried it and survived (including me) are just lucky. First, consider the natural resting position of a motorcycle is on its side. Don't believe me? Try walking away from your bike without putting the kickstand down -- I did that once. Then consider
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2014
Default Air Force Logo I was determined to live
I don't mean "the parachute opened in just the knick of time as I plummeted to the Earth" kind of save.I was failing college classes and getting into trouble. I didn't care if my decisions lead to jail or death. I was too busy recklessly living in the moment while not giving a thought to the future. I knew I needed to make a decision. So I raised
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2013
. No Bad Wingmen
In too many mishap investigations we find out there were other Airmen present. Some were in a position to physically intervene or at least say, "knock it off," and potentially prevent the mishap person from dying or sustaining severe injuries; but for some reason they chose not to. Law enforcement calls these negligent bystanders witnesses. I call
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2013
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Rocco Picariello, three-day-old son of Capt. Joseph Picariello and Staff Sgt. Erica Picariello, lounges under bili-lights in an isolate November 28, 2011. Rocco, and his twin brother, Enzo, was born 10 weeks early and stayed in a neonatal intensive care unit for six weeks. (Courtesy photo)
National Prematurity Awareness Month: A Vandenberg Airman's birth story
Editor's Note: November National Prematurity Awareness Month. This is one Airman's story about the birth of her premature twins.I was 30 weeks pregnant with fraternal twin boys the day before Thanksgiving 2011. It was my first pregnancy and despite the surprise that I was carrying more than one baby -- it had been an uneventful pregnancy. My aunt
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2013
Senior Master Sgt. Tony Levine, 315th Operations Support Squadron, demonstrates a cornering technique for the students of the motorcycle safety course. Sergeant Levine was one of 11 rider coach candidates to complete the motorcycle safety instructor's course hosted by Charleston Air Force Base.  (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Mary Hinson, USAFR) Riding Stupid Kills
There are many ways to kill yourself -- riding stupid is one of them. According to a recent Air Combat Command Safety study, more than 80 Airmen across the Air Force have died while motorcycling in the last 5 years. The sad thing: in 63 percent of the cases, Airmen were willfully non-compliant; that is, they tempted fate with one or more of the
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2013
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