About the Air Force Achievement Medal

 

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Air Force Achievement Medal
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For more than two decades, Anthony Hartman has worked as a self-employed business consultant in Dallas, Texas. Previously a captain in the United States Air Force, Anthony “Tony” Hartman received the Air Force Achievement Medal in recognition of his service.

The Air Force Achievement Medal is given to individuals below the rank of colonel who have demonstrated outstanding achievement or meritorious service during their time with the armed forces. It is primarily used to recognize specific accomplishments rather than continued periods of service. Those individuals who receive the medal for their actions during hostile acts, single acts of terrorism, or combat conditions receive a bronze letter “V” device with their medal.

Designed by Captain Robert C. Bonn Jr., the Air Force Achievement award features a distinctive border consisting of 11 cloudlike shapes. Within the center of the medallion are thunderbolts and wings. These symbols signify the striking power of the Air Force through aerospace; the image was adapted from the Air Force’s official seal.

The award was first authorized by the secretary of the Air Force in October 1980, and the bronze “V” was retroactively authorized in January 1996.

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AFCM – Recognizing Distinguished Air Force Personnel Service

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Air Force Commendation Model
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A business consultant based in Dallas, Texas, Anthony “Tony” Hartman has worked with some of the nation’s top agencies, including the US Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration, and NASA. An Air Force veteran, Anthony Hartman of Dallas, Texas, was awarded an Air Force Commendation Model (AFCM) for meritorious service.

The AFCM was authorized for award in March 1958 to Air Force officers who distinguished themselves in service. Award recipients, usually personnel below the rank of brigadier general, must have served honorably and achieved distinctive merit or acted courageously without willful risk of life.

The medal is made of bronze and shaped in a hexagon. At the center is the Air Force seal; an eagle perched atop a baton, wings spread open. Below the seal is a shield flanked by flyer’s wings on the left and right sides, and eight lightning bolts behind.

Authorized devices include a bronze oak leaf cluster for additional awards of the AFCM and a “v” device for distinguished service in the face of hostility.

A Few Tips for Attempting a Double Black Diamond Ski Run

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Double Black Diamond
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Dallas, Texas, business consultant Anthony Hartman has spent the last two decades working with clients on matters such as risk analysis and project turnaround, as well as general management. Anthony Hartman earned a master of business administration from the University of South Dakota Graduate School of Business. Beyond his Dallas business, Tony Hartman enjoys skiing, hiking, and other outdoor activities.

A double black diamond ski run represents the pinnacle of difficulty and achievement for skiers. These trails should only be attempted by highly experienced individuals. In fact, many ski resorts do not offer trails with a difficulty rating beyond black diamond. A skier who has mastered the black diamond and is considering taking on a greater challenge may find the following tips helpful.

First, skiers should physically be in top midseason form when they take on a double black diamond run. It is not advisable to attempt the most difficult, physically taxing runs with out-of-shape legs, especially if it is the first day of the season. Physical endurance is particularly important on narrow, steep trails that require skiers to make quick, short turns to maintain a controllable speed.

In terms of skills, individuals must not forget to follow skiing basics at the double black diamond level. For instance, good posture and weight distribution can spell the difference between a successful run and an unfortunate fall. Finally, skiers are advised to scout double black diamond trails in advance of hitting the slopes, especially before making their first attempt. A few things to scout for include cliffs, rocks, trees, moguls, and other hazards that require special maneuvering.

Hikers Are More Creative and Are Happier

 

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Hiking
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A licensed private pilot, Anthony ‘Tony’ Hartman from Dallas, Texas, is a business consultant who serves on the boards of various private companies. A healthy living enthusiast, Dallas resident Anthony Hartman enjoys hiking.

Doctors agree that hiking is one of the healthiest outdoor activities there is. Not only does it burn a ton of calories, it lowers blood pressure, prevents cardiovascular disease, and lowers the risk of diabetes and stroke. Here are two non-health-related benefits of hiking researchers recently discovered:

1) Hiking boosts creativity. Research published on the journal PLOS ONE showed that getting immersed in nature for four days, away from all the distractions of modern-day technology, can boost creativity and problem-solving skills by up to 50 percent. In another study, researchers from Stanford University found that participants were more creative when they were walking in nature versus when they were seated.

2) Hiking makes you happier. A study published by the National Institute of Health found that consistent group hiking reduced depression, hopelessness, and suicide ideation in people who had previously attempted suicide.