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Maintenance versus repair … of our Airmen

Posted January 22, 2015 by Maj. Cameron Richardson

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNS) — This commentary is not about aircraft, vehicles, or even any mechanical components. It’s about our Airmen and how we manage their care and development throughout their careers. The maintenance versus repair concept is borrowed from the maintenance community and speaks to how maintenance managers plan, coordinate and…

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Work, family balance success marker

Posted January 15, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Daniel Carter

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — “Being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.” — Zig Ziglar In our careers, we frequently hear about the importance of having balance in our life…

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Chaplains help build relationships

Posted January 8, 2015 by Commentary by Chaplain (Capt.) Jason Klodnicki

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Relationships come and go — personal and professional — yet some of them are too precious, or important, and are worth fighting for when the going gets rough. Many people come to military chaplains with their pains, worries and hardships. “I feel misunderstood.” “My best friend and I just don’t…

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Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Holidays!

Posted December 18, 2014 by Commentary by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David DePinho

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — In our increasingly secular world, there is a growing misunderstanding that it is safer to say “Happy Holidays” during the Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza season, than to name the specific holiday which you or most other people celebrate. I am always drawn to explore these interesting dilemmas. I once read a…

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Down and out at Dyess: Air Force Assistance Fund to the rescue

Posted December 11, 2014 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Courtney Richardson

It was scary, leaving home and joining an organization such as the United States Air Force. The people, job, and location were all brand new. When I joined the military, I came from a less than honorable home life.  I come from a single family household and my brother left my sister and me as…

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Asking for help is sign of strength not weakness

Posted December 11, 2014 by Maj. Gen. Mark Brown and Master Sgt. Derik New

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Growing up I was a big fan of Muhammad Ali. He was the world heavyweight boxing champion and unashamedly referred to himself as “The Greatest.” I vividly remember a reporter asking Ali, “When did you know that you were ‘The Greatest?’” Before Ali could answer, the reporter offered, “Perhaps it was…

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“Little people like you make Christmas better”

Posted December 4, 2014 by Commentary by Capt. Jason Smith

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — “It’s little people that make the difference. Little people like you.” The fictional character Frank Shirley pitched his “little people” Christmas message to Clark Griswold in the 1989 movie “Christmas Vacation.” Although demeaning in a comical way, the little people reference is seen over and over in classic Christmas stories. Little…

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Thanksgiving and our Native Americans

Posted November 26, 2014 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Rooshell McCullough

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — On the fourth Thursday of every November, we as Americans celebrate the national holiday Thanksgiving. This day focuses on honoring the early settlers, and their harvest feast, which we know to be the “First Thanksgiving.” However, long before settlers came to the United States’ East Coast, the area was inhabited by…

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Keep safety in mind when cooking Thanksgiving feasts

Posted November 26, 2014 by Commentary by Keesler Fire Department

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. Cooking fires are the No. 1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries.  Every year hundreds of Americans die, thousands more are injured and roughly $500 million…

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Resolutions aren’t just for the new year

Posted November 20, 2014 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Scott Berge

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — It’s almost that time of year when most of us will commit to reforming a habit, lifestyle or just change our lives for the better. It starts when we take a critical look at ourselves and determine what we can do, or stop doing, to make the improvements we desire. These…

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