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  • Blaming Victims - Comforting Ourselves

    Victim blaming is not exclusive to sexual assault or even crime. You may hear of a friend’s home being burglarized and think, they should not have bought a house in that neighborhood, but you may also have heard of an acquaintance passing away in a car accident and rationalized that they probably fell asleep at the wheel. Again, these thoughts comfort us with false control over our own lives. However, sexual assault victim blaming can be especially heinous as many victims find themselves targets of bullying, ostracism, and reprisal.
  • Invisible Enemy

    As a Reserve Citizen Airman in the United States Air Force, I find peace in knowing I am not the only one feeling what I’m feeling at these times. All Reservists understand the extra responsibilities we carry on top of our already complicated civilian lives. 
  • To Some, The Uniform Doesn’t Mean We’re Equal

    I truly thought that I’d never bring this day up but in light of recent events, I think its time to explain how we’re not all equal in the eyes of everyone even if we want to believe we are.The day is June 10, 2013 at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. There were three of us honor guardsmen practicing before we headed out to the little town of
  • Walking a mile in each other's shoes

    A lot of people who live and work on Peterson Air Force Base have probably wondered what happens at the 4th Space Control Squadron - the “big fenced in building” out past the commissary. If you know or have talked to any of the members of the squadron, they most likely didn’t tell you much about what they do. Well, all of that is changing. We are going to take a deep look into the heart of our squadron, and you may be surprised by what you learn.
  • Stress during COVID

    Everyone responds to stress differently and prolonged exposure to stress is unhealthy. Please read some tips from this commentary on ways to navigate stressful environments and improve overall resilience during these trying times. Look out for each other as well as yourself. If you need help, please reach out.
  • Facing unconscious bias head on, key to healing

    The Air Force’s stance on unlawful discrimination, specifically racism is “zero tolerance.” But this is only relevant if the situation is substantiated. From the Equal Opportunity perspective, racism is difficult to prove because people, generally speaking, shy away from the conversation.
  • PPE Works!

    Medical personnel from the 144th Medical Group’s medical detachment are finally returning home after spending more than 90 days supporting over 15,000 COVID-19 tests and medical treatment for hundreds of COVID-19 patients in Monterey, Riverside and Imperial counties. One take away is that Personal Protective Equipment protocols work!
  • August Fitness Tips

    A few tips to exercise safely Exercising regularly has wide-ranging physical, emotional and social health benefits. You need to exercise safely to remain healthy and injury-free. If it’s safe and painless, you’re more likely to stick to it! Safety is about using common sense, understanding basic techniques and listening to your body.Here are some

    Let’s face it, there is a lot going on in the world right now. From daily increases in COVID-19 cases, political differences amplified during this election year and racial tensions driving change across our nation, this is an unprecedented and often difficult time for us all.Diversity, equality and addressing racial disparity are top priorities for

    "Discussing our different life experiences and viewpoints can be tough, uncomfortable and therefore often avoided…We can no longer walk by this problem."-General David L. Goldfein, CSAFThe ongoing pandemic and the civil unrest across the nation have given us pause to reflect on the continuing racial inequality in our society and our Air