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Among major crimes, driving under the influence has one of the highest nationwide arrest rates with nearly 1.5 million DUI arrests a year, according to the Department of Transportation. The consequences of drinking and driving are arrests, jail time, property damage, and thousands of injuries and deaths each year, DOT officials said. For military members, it can also negatively affect careers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/Released) SOBERING FACTS
The average person metabolizes alcohol at the rate of about one drink per hour. Only time will sober a person up. Drinking strong coffee, exercising or taking a cold shower will not help. Almost every 90 seconds, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.  Every day in America, another 27 people die as a result of drunk
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Avoid Slumber Road
According to the National Sleep Foundation's "Sleep in America" poll, 60 percent of adult drivers, about 168 million people, say they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy in the past year. More than one-third, 37 percent or 103 million people, have actually fallen asleep at the wheel. In fact, of those who have nodded off, 13 percent say they
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2015
Default Air Force Logo Not a Bright Idea
So there I was, working at my job before I entered the military. As a cashier at a local superstore, my day, for the most part, had been fairly routine. I stood at my register checking out customer after customer. Most of them were nice and even struck up short conversations with me. However, a couple of people who came through my line were very
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2015
Default Air Force Logo What Really Gives You Wings? Taking a Closer Look at Energy Drinks
What truly is giving us energy when we consume energy drinks? Is it the caffeine, excess sugar, B12, the proprietary blend mix or taurine? The Food and Drug Administration reports that more than 80 percent of Americans consume caffeine daily with the average being three cups of coffee a day per person. Caffeinated beverages come in all varieties
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2015
Dan Sr. and Pam Wassom stand at the newly designated “MSgt. Dan Wassom Road” at Little Rock AFB, Ark., Dec. 6. The road was named in honor of their son, Master Sgt. Daniel R. Wassom II, or “Bud” as he was called by family and friends. Wassom, a loadmaster evaluator with the 189th Airlift Wing at Little Rock, died April 27 while trying to protect his daughter from a tornado that struck their home in Vilonia, Ark. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ian Caple/Released) Wassom's Road
On Dec. 6, a Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., Airman and his family were honored for their sacrifice and courage. Many of you have heard the story of Master Sgt. Dan Wassom II of the 189th Airlift Wing and his actions during the tornado that struck Vilonia, Ark., earlier this year (“Missing Dan,” Summer 2014 issue of Torch, cover story).Wassom
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2015
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III; Pentagon; Washington; D.C.; From the Top
To the safety officers, non-commissioned officers and civilians throughout our Air Force, I want to say thank you for your incredible efforts over the last year. Due to your vigilance, the 2014 fiscal year was the safest ground safety year in 10 years and the safest flight safety year in the history of our service. I want you to know I firmly
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2015
A tire blowout that caused a two-ton minivan to veer into her path on Highway 90 near Knippa, Texas, Jan. 2, nearly cost 1st Lt. Laura Jones her life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jimmie D. Pike/ Released) Where Rubber Meets Road
Tire blow-outs are no fun (reference “Nearly ‘Re-tired,’” Fall 2014 issue, page 12). Some years back I had a tire blow on my truck, lost control and flipped it. Luckily, no one else hit me and I was wearing a seat belt; so I escaped with hardly a scratch (though I did have some soreness for about a week — especially in my neck). Glad to hear 1st
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2015
Airman 1st Class Madison Sylvester shares the story of how her first scar became her reason for never driving while under the influence of alcohol. Sylvester is a 319th Air Base Wing Public Affairs broadcaster. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Xavier Navarro) Tear-jerker
Airman 1st Class Madison Sylvester’s story, “Mommy Isn’t Coming Home” (Fall 2014 Torch, page 5), really tugged at my heart and made me reach for the Kleenex. It hit close to home for me. I also had an alcoholic parent … not an easy life.E. PelaezVia e-mail
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2015
Torch Magazine Cover Fall 2014 Cheers
Dear 2nd Lt. Stephen Hunter: Thank you for being brave enough to share your painful story (“Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Fall 2014 Torch, page 8). As a teenager growing up in Alaska, I drank a lot and did dangerous things. What happened to you could have easily happened to me — many times.When I became a police officer in my early 20s, I stopped
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2015
Torch Magazine Cover Fall 2014 Jeers
I hate to rain on the parade, but 2nd Lt. Stephen Hunter probably should have been punished for his binge drinking escapade, not awarded a commission (“Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Fall 2014 Torch, cover story). I thought after all the recent negative press and discipline problems that the Air Force Academy had stiffened its standards. But I guess
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2015
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