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  • Five Minutes to Thrive: Addressing Kids’ Emotions

    It’s not easy to put feelings into words, even for adults. Children in particular struggle to talk about their feeling, especially when they are intense or complicated. Here’s an activity for parents and caregivers to use to help children open up and sort through their emotions in response to COVID-19.
  • Fighting the demons: A "typical" Defender's story

    If there is a “typical” security forces Airman, Master Sgt. Dwayne Pyle (ret) says he was it. He loved his job and felt he was good at it, even though he did get into a little trouble during his first assignment in Germany.
  • Rescue dogs help heal wounded warriors

    Muffled gunfire reverberates from an unknown location within the building; Peter’s unwavering gaze is focused on his partner’s ‘six’ - three weeks of training is about to be put to the test.The Omaha Gun Club is host to certified training sessions between military service dogs and their handlers and is where Russ Dillon of Dillon’s Dogs likes to
  • Local Warriors thrive in Employment Boot camp

    JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii—Sixteen warriors enrolled in the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Empowerment in Transition Program participated in a five-day workshop centered around transitioning from active duty service to civilian life, here. Additionally, the transitioning warriors had the opportunity to sit in an Employment Boot Camp
  • AFW2 helps Airman rebuild herself

    The Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) program helps rehabilitate service members who were wounded or fell ill during duty.
  • A true Warrior spirit

    JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — For many Airmen across the Air Force, volunteering often leads to enhanced professional development and a stronger performance report, but for Airman 1st Class Nathan Hall, a cyber transport technician from the 747th Communications Squadron, volunteering at the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program’s 2020
  • Caregiver Highlight: Margaret Harrison

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas--This is the first in a series highlighting members of the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Caregiver Program. Margaret Harrison, a Tennessee native and caregiver to her husband, Jon, finds joy in the things that help her slow down such as growing roses and vegetables, reading and learning new things and
  • EIT: Ensuring successful transition

    Thousands of Airmen face the decision of whether or not to retire, separate or continue on in their Air Force journey each year. For some, this transition means leaving service to pursue higher education and develop a new skill-set; for others, the reintegration could be the beginning of enjoying a reprieve following years of selfless service to the nation. Regardless of the motivation for a career transition, this phase is often filled with emotional turmoil and stress.
  • Turning laughter into a resilience tool

    Everyone loves laughter, whether it’s used for therapeutic reasons or to lighten the mood in a room. BJ Lange, Air Force Wounded Warrior program comedy coach, turned laughter into a resiliency tool for Airmen with his ‘Improv to Improve’ class held here, Dec. 11-14.  ‘Improv to Improve’ is an improvisation comedy resiliency class that engages
  • First female Thunderbird pilot to share resurgence message

    Retired Col. Nicole “FiFi” Malachowski, the first female Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Team pilot, is scheduled to share her story at Schriever Air Force Base, Dec. 19. Col. Jack Fischer, 50th Space Wing vice commander, invited Malachowski to Schriever to share her story of overcoming obstacles to emerge stronger. “We were classmates from the U.S. Air Force Academy,” he said. “I actually joined the bowling club to hang out with her because she’s awesome. We flew F-15E Strike Eagles together and crossed paths while she was a Thunderbird [pilot] and I was [flying] F-22’s because sometimes we were at the same air shows.” Fischer said he admires Malachowski’s perseverance and grit through adversity and how she is a constant source of inspiration.