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Commentary: Changes to the Air Force’s post-partum policies

Posted August 25, 2015 by Staff

UNITED KINGDOM – On July 8, I received an e-mail informing me that I was within 90 days of my deployment window. My first reaction was, “Great, I have to do a ton of CBTs.”[computer-based training]. I quickly realized there was a high probability that in just three months, I would be deploying and miss…

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“I know you don’t want me to, but I miss home”

Posted August 25, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Martin Adamson

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Pixar’s movie “Inside Out” is a movie every military family should see. I say family because it is not just for kids. Although it is an animated film, its themes are not light fare. This is a thinking person’s movie, full of imagination and psychological insight. More importantly, it is a…

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The power of family

Posted August 24, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Jeremy L. Mosier

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — As the saying goes, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” Tech. Sgt. Matthew Turner, NCO in charge of the 391st Fighter Squadron medical element, grew up under the watchful eye of a security forces chief master sergeant and proved just that. Turner has developed into the epitome of…

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Communication: So what you’re saying is …?

Posted August 19, 2015 by Commentary by Capt. David Musgrave

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — “Genuine leaders have the ability to articulate, initiate and follow-through on their vision.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This quote from King epitomizes the importance of developing our communication skills as leaders and managers. As we get older, many of us get set in our ways and live by the…

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Legal Corner: Avoiding ‘bird-dogging’

Posted August 17, 2015 by Commentary by 2nd Lt. Cynthia McGrath

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Scams aimed at taking advantage of U.S. military members are nothing new; however, one such scam, “bird-dogging,” has re-emerged as a threat to Service members’ financial security. Bird-dogging refers to the act of soliciting sales for a third party and is illegal both on and off base. One example occurs when a…

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Air Force needs every Airman as leader

Posted August 13, 2015 by Commentary by Col. David Simon

TRAVIS AIR FORCE, Calif.  — Does every Airman truly need to be a leader?  The short answer is yes. Obviously, there are various levels of leadership within the Air Force, but even an airman basic is a leader in the community by virtue of wearing the uniform. The civilian population looks to members of the uniformed services…

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Pursue education for career’s sake

Posted August 6, 2015 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Michael Gorske

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — Everyone knows education can be a good bullet on an enlisted performance report, but few know the true value of an education in regard to a military career. The pursuit of an education can be just as valuable as the degree acquired at the end. The knowledge acquired in…

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Military life: Separated, but not alone

Posted July 30, 2015 by Commentary by Senior Airman Lauren-Taylor Levin

  MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — As the dawn broke out over the mountains, I woke up to the sun peeping through my window. Once I got up I went straight to the kitchen to make my family breakfast yet in the back of my mind, all I could think about is how am I…

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CCAF offers jump on education

Posted July 30, 2015 by Commentary by Senior Airman Spencer Brockman

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — The Community College of the Air Force was established in 1972 to recognize academic achievements for technical training by Air Force schools. It awards an associate in applied science degree to enlisted members of the active-duty Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command who have completed the course…

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AF promotion system: How do you stack up?

Posted July 30, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Nick Ledesma

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — With upcoming changes to the enlisted performance report and Air Force promotion system, it’s important to understand how you stack up against your peers, not only within your job, but within your unit as well. The days of receiving time in grade and time in service points are numbered. They are…

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