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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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