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  • KSC offers diversity, camaraderie

    I recently came across mementos carrying the byline “Kadena Officers’ Wives’ Club,” relics of a bygone era, but one that I’d belonged to.I remember joining my first wives’ club one month into our Air Force adventure.A neighbor convinced me that the membership chairwoman position was easy and didn’t represent a significant time commitment. She was
  • Achieving your New Year's resolutions

    About 45 percent of Americans will make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, get fit, stop smoking, or to achieve some other goal.According to research from the University of Scranton, only 8 percent of those who make such a resolution will keep it. Why is this rate so low, and are there strategies to make your own resolutions more likely to
  • Maintaining healthy habits over the holidays

    The holiday season brings lots of cheer, spirit and, of course, the holiday celebrations and food.Because of this, it can be easy to get off track with your healthy eating habits. Many people will just wait until New Year’s Day to focus on their nutrition, but the best thing to do is to start healthy holiday habits now to give you that extra edge
  • Firearms safety and your family

    Recently, an Air Force installation experienced the suicide of a dependent child.  This tragic incident was perpetrated with the use of a parent’s privately owned firearm, reminding us of the importance of protecting our firearms to keep our homes as safe as possible. Storage guidelines state you have the responsibility to store firearms in such a
  • Proud history, heritage: Continuing a legacy of Tiger PRIDE

    Today’s Tiger Airmen should look upon the proud history and heritage of the 377th Air Base Wing and follow in the footsteps of those who served before them.  The unit was first activated as the 377th Combat Support Group on April 8, 1966, as part of the air arm of Military Assistant Command-Vietnam, responsible for operations and maintenance of the
  • Volunteers keep Kirtland's thrift shop running

    Recently, I spent a day at the Kirtland Spouses Club Thrift Shop talking with volunteers, shoppers and consigners.I was there to get a better understanding of thrift shop operations. Part of my responsibility as KSC president is to support each KSC initiative, which includes the thrift shop.Through discrete observation and inquiry, I learned that I
  • Kirtland's firearms policy explained

    Across our great nation, more people are deciding they would like to carry a firearm.  As with every decision we make, the decision to carry a firearm comes with positives and negatives. Among the negatives is the need to learn the differing rules among jurisdictions.  New Mexico state law allows people to carry a firearm in the open, or in their
  • Research shows little benefit to ketogenic diet

    Over the past few years, high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diets have become very trendy and popular.Advocates of ketogenic diets claim these diets result in greater weight loss, plus reductions in heart disease, diabetes and cancer risk factors over more traditional diets. In addition, ketogenic diets have been claimed to improve endurance
  • The dilemma of counting calories

    Calories are one of the main components we think about when it comes to diet.  Typically a weight-loss diet would consist of following the traditional “calories in equals calories out,” which means that if we consume less calories than we expend, we will lose weight.  However, there are a couple of issues that make it difficult to count calories as
  • Running myths busted

    Running is a very popular aerobic activity, and for Airmen, it’s a critical component of the physical training test.Because of this, it’s important to separate science from non-science regarding run training.The Internet in general is a great resource for information. There is, however, a tendency to think if it’s on the Net, it must be true, but