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  • Copyright Protection Laws, A Brief Explanation

    During my more than 30-year career as a personal and professional military photographer and videographer, I am often asked to duplicate photographs, video tapes, CDs, DVDs, etc. It seems like a fair question. After all, I have the equipment along with the knowledge and expertise to accomplish this seemingly small task. As I try to explain the
  • 117th Air Refueling Wing Debuts Regional MEOC

    Hurricane season is upon us and the different agencies that would activate during a disaster are busy testing equipment and reviewing plans in preparation for the worst. Members from the 117 Emergency Management (CEX) and 117 Communications Flight (CF) participated in two recent exercises. The Domestic Operations Group (The DOG) attached to the
  • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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  • Research Shows Connection between Periodontal and Cardiovascular Disease

    In the current healthcare environment we all live in, it is becoming apparent that disease prevention will receive greater emphasis. Treatment costs and access to care will be increasing factors in our lives as a patient. An area of health promotion attracting more attention by providers and patients is the connection between periodontal and
  • Master Sgt. Edwards Determined To Help Others During Snowstorm

    Master Sgt. Ricky Edwards helped a stranded woman trying to retrieve her son from school. After successfully driving the woman to pick up her son they went to a grocery store to buy some kitty litter to free her vehicle. Edwards continued rescuing others until his vehicle became stuck. Edwards abandoned his vehicle and made a three mile walk home.
  • 117th Air Refueling Wing Member Helps Stranded Neighbors During Snowstorm

    I just did what came naturally for me; helping people. I have a passion for helping others, especially the ones unable to help themselves for whatever reason. I live in a house up on a slight hill entering my subdivision. We made it home before all the chaos. I picked up my daughter, Ka'Lise, from school and went to the store to get some snowed in
  • Master Sgt. Patricia Vaca Rescues Stranded Students

    On Master Sgt. Vaca's way home she was informed a Fultondale school bus was stuck. Vaca was able to get to the bus and pick up her grandchildren and other children and bring them home. After contacting the principal of the school Vaca found 61 students were stranded at the school. Vaca helped 21 elementary and high school students and a few adult
  • Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence

    Alcohol abuse can be described as unhealthy and dangerous. Individuals that drink every day or drink too much at a time can be labeled alcohol abusers. This behavior puts a person at risk for many negative things to happen in their life. Alcohol abuse can ruin relationships, negatively impact job performance, lead to an increase in absenteeism at
  • Where are you now? Are you ready to take the next step?

    Recently I was in my office trying to think of a topic for Team Talk. As I looked around and pondered different subjects to write about there was a chart titled "Promotion Requirements," staring back at me that prompted me to start writing. Where are you? Are you ready to take the next step? "Promotion Requirements" should be burned in every
  • A Look Ahead...

    As I write this article during a typical time of reflection in the middle of December (wondering if Santa thinks I've been naughty or nice), I think back on our accomplishments. Without a doubt, the 117th Air Refueling Wing had a very successful 2013 by any measurable criteria. Whether it was deployments, sortie rates, mission capable rates or
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