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AF Study: Why Airmen remain in the Service

Posted July 24, 2015 by Commentary by Capt. Renea Skelton and Dr. Dennis R. Clodi, EdD. AFFOR

Southwest Asia — U.S. Air Force senior leaders are witnessing elevated retention rates due to military members remaining in the service beyond their initial service commitment.  The increase in retention rates produces challenges to enact the congressionally-mandated force reductions, which creates budget dilemmas. By understanding the military members’ motives, budget decision makers can understand why the current…

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Run to the Sound of the Guns…Be a Servant Leader

Posted July 16, 2015 by Commentary by Maj. Tim Grebs

Many of us have seen the best and worst in leadership throughout the course of our careers as Airmen. Usually we can think of two names, one good and one bad, that personify each bound of the leadership spectrum. This reality leads to the fact that even though we are called to be leaders in…

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Staying safe during flash flood season

Posted July 16, 2015 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Paul Fernandez

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — July is here with high temperatures and a high chance of flash flooding. The months with the highest probability for thunderstorms are July through September. Las Vegas’ annual rainfall is approximately 4.13 inches, and while this may not seem like a lot of rain, the elevation of Las Vegas makes a…

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Protecting man’s best friend

Posted July 9, 2015 by Commentary by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier

  On January 11, 2013, my coworker’s dog gave birth to litter of puppies. In March 2013, I made one of those puppies part of my family. Castiel was only 12 pounds and curious of everything. I always had dogs growing up, but raising a puppy in southern Arizona was a whole new endeavor. Southern…

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Take the time to fulfill travel requirements prior to departure

Posted July 1, 2015 by Commentary by Miguel Mendez

Military members often wonder why they have to fulfill additional requirements in order to take leave outside the continental United States, whether it’s Aircraft and Personnel Automated Clearance system, theater, country clearance or other requirements put in place. Some of the responses I hear on a regular basis are: “It’s just leave, not official travel.”…

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To do or to be? – A very good question

Posted June 25, 2015 by Commentary by Col. DANIEL SMITH

  LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — I am a huge fan of the Air Force Core Values. For a long time, I have felt that whatever board or individual developed the values got them absolutely right. In fact, every Airman, young or … seasoned, who comes into my squadron gets to sit down with me in…

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Diversity: The Policy, the patriot and the fight

Posted June 18, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Blake

  OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — Diversity comes in all forms and effects everyone differently. For one 49th Intelligence Squadron reservist, it was his sexuality. “While I wouldn’t identify as bisexual, I never really made a distinction between genders, colors, races…anything,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Eric Velander. “I always knew connections instead of genders…

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Work Overload! What I learned on the slopes of Aconcagua

Posted May 28, 2015 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Daniel Loveless

ANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Breathe, breathe, breathe. Step. Breathe, breathe, breathe. Step. It’s about 4 a.m. on a cool February morning, and I’m presently at 19,200 feet on Aconcagua, Argentina, the highest point in the Southern and Western Hemispheres. I’m part of a team of 13 climbers. Today is our summit day. There…

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This Memorial Day, honor those who gave all

Posted May 21, 2015 by Aerotech News and Review staff

With all the excitement of warmer weather and fun in the sun that come with Memorial Day, the true meaning of the day is often over looked. Memorial Day is about remembering the ultimate sacrifice of our fallen servicemembers.

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Ten seconds later and that picture still exists

Posted May 7, 2015 by Liz Jacobson

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) — There is a conversation many teenagers have had with their parents or friends, me included. “Hey, don’t worry! It’ll be fine; all of the pictures I send disappear after ten seconds. That’s how Snapchat works.” While many teenagers only share their silly, cross-eyed, quadruple-chinned faces with friends, there are a…

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