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  • Cultivate Hope: Air Force dedicated to preventing suicide

    A young Airman struggles to make it through his work day. His head is filled with thoughts of inadequacy. Negativity dominates his thoughts and he soon wonders whether or not he should continue living. In frustration, he slams his desk and walks toward the door.
  • Enlistees overcome personal obstacles to commission as officers

    If the U.S. Air Force was a house, the enlisted and officer corps could be seen as the two pillars that keep it standing. Through the respective work of each group of Airmen, the Air Force is able to maintain its effectiveness, yet while both groups are vital to the house’s overall integrity, many enlisted look to the officer pillar as a way of transcending the work they’re capable of doing in their current roles.
  • Musicians help to heal community after devastating fires

    On October 8, 2017, a devastating wildfire broke out and ripped through the counties of Napa and Sonoma in Northern California. The fire destroyed over 6,500 homes and killed over 40 people. Thousands were impacted by the disaster including musicians from the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West and Napa Valley Youth Symphony.
  • Civilian motivates Airmen to “stay awesome”

    Ringing out high above the indistinct, murmuring conversations of the bustling throngs of Airmen moving hurriedly through the dining facility at Travis Air Force Base, California, is a familiar phrase of encouragement. “Alright! You stay awesome!”
  • FAP helps Airmen prevent domestic violence

    He denies her access to their checking and savings account and gives her only a small allowance for groceries. She installed a GPS tracker on his car and checks the mileage each day to make sure he only drove to and from work. He slammed her head into a wall, but she doesn’t blame him. She blames herself for not moving faster when he asked for a glass. Each of these scenarios fit the description of domestic violence, which includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect, according to the Family Advocacy Program office at Travis Air Force Base, California.
  • Staff sergeant shows resiliency in fight with cancer

    “You have stage two unfavorable Hodgkin’s lymphoma.” Those were the words Staff Sgt. Teresa Monteon heard her doctor say on October 19, 2015. The weight of those words hit her hard and she cried. “I was scared,” said Monteon. “My whole world just shifted. I was so excited to come to Travis and work in the intensive care unit. It was a great chance for me to be a medic and I was looking forward to testing my skills and facing new challenges. When the doctor said that, I felt like my whole world was pulled from me.”
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