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Air Force Enlisted Village: Not just a place to live, a place to call home

Posted October 23, 2014 by Commentary by Senior Master Sgt. Bill Fortenberry 

I first visited the Air Force Enlisted Village as a young first sergeant in 2009, when I was stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. I went to visit with the Tyndall Active Airmen’s Association, Tyndall’s E-1 to E-4 Professional Association, and was amazed at what I saw. This was also the first time I…

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New EPR challenges status quo

Posted October 16, 2014 by Commentary by Senior Master Sgt. Jason Boyle

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – The enlisted performance report is going to drastically change. These changes seek to combat inflated ratings, which have been a prevalent complaint from Airmen over the years. The change is right around the corner and many Airmen are asking themselves, “How will it affect future promotions, and what can I do…

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OPSEC: Everyone’s responsibility

Posted October 16, 2014 by Commentary by Dennis Morris

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – Everyone who’s been around the military has heard the term Operations Security, or OPSEC, but do they really know what it means? Many people think OPSEC is all about classified information, when the opposite is true; OPSEC targets critical and sensitive unclassified information. OPSEC is a fundamental principle of the Air…

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A service-before-self mentality

Posted October 9, 2014 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Tyrone Davis

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Do you have a service-before-self mentality? Do you take advantage of leadership opportunities? If you were nominated for a Developmental Special Duty, how would you respond if it was in a role you felt uncomfortable with? Would you volunteer to go on a deployment today if the opportunity presented itself? Back…

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Fire Prevention Week 2014

Posted October 9, 2014 by Commentary by Charles Leclair

When was the last time you tested the smoke alarms in your home? Was it last week? Last month? A year ago? The 2014 Fire Prevention Week campaign ran from Oct. 5-11. This year’s theme was “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” It is all about keeping you, your family, and the…

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Resiliency: Does your mind run your body?

Posted October 2, 2014 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Matthew Husemann

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. — “Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up… but the body is never tired if the mind…

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Information security part of everything we do

Posted September 25, 2014 by Commentary by Scott Piper

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — It’s been one of those days. You are super busy and your unit just received another tasking. You are trying to do five jobs at once and don’t even have time to think. You decide to help your unit deployment manager get the word out and forward an email…

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When leaders earn their keep

Posted September 25, 2014 by Commentary by Col. Sean McKenna

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — It’s no secret that a key to being a good leader, military or otherwise, is taking care of your people. I strongly believe Airmen aren’t able to perform at their peak if their personal lives are in disarray. Whether financial woes, marital issues, illnesses or other troubles, it’s tough…

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Advise Airmen of rights before asking questions

Posted September 18, 2014 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Erick Bensen

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Every day supervisors are faced with challenging scenarios and situations that require them to engage in efforts to help their Airmen. When this engagement is due to a negative act such as theft, damage to property or other possible legal violations, we must resist the instinct to question them…

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Eliminating stigma: A leadership responsibility

Posted September 11, 2014 by Lt. Col. Chris Karns

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As a child, a close relative of mine committed suicide. In those days, mental health was only discussed in hushed tones and little support was available. I was shaped by this experience and in my military career, I have tried to create an environment where people feel comfortable discussing their problems and…

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