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Commentary

The art of work, life balance

Posted October 6, 2017 by by Chief Master Sgt. DERRICK HARRISON

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — As we progress through the enlisted and officer ranks, we start to gain additional tasks, duties and personnel concerns. Your career is no longer just about you, but includes the Airmen you lead on a daily basis. Sometimes we get so consumed with making sure the mission and the…

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Commentary

Airman navigates crucible of anxiety

Posted October 6, 2017 by by Airman 1st Class SAVANNAH WATERS

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — As first impressions go, I am an extrovert. I love to connect with people and have been described as personable. My mother says I’ve never known a stranger. What many don’t know, including friends and family, is that I struggle with social anxiety. With less than a week of notice,…

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Commentary

American, coalition airmen mark 3 years of lethal airpower against ISIS

Posted September 1, 2017 by by Lt. Gen. JEFF HARRIGIAN

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — In early 2014, people across the globe were horrified by images of a menacing force sweeping across the Middle East, overwhelming superior armies and brutalizing those unfortunate enough to fall beneath its black shadow of terror. Nearly a month after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria announced the…

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Commentary

‘All in’ investing in tomorrow — Air Force Junior ROTC

Posted September 1, 2017 by by Lt. Gen. STEVEN KWAST

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — General of the Air Force Henry H. Arnold once said, “We must think in terms of tomorrow.” At Air University we do just that; tomorrow is our focus today. Throughout America’s history we have seen numerous studies link the education of our children to national security. One such report…

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Commentary

Are you MAD or SAD?

Posted August 4, 2017 by

There are two distinct types of Airmen who serve: those who are here to make a difference (MAD) and those who are selfish and distracting (SAD). Each of us was equipped to be MAD once we graduated initial military training and our various technical training schools; we had the basic skills in our respective career…

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Commentary

Cherish moments between military duties, times away from family

Posted August 4, 2017 by by Tech. Sgt. JAMES HODGMAN

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. ­— It’s 4 a.m., and a car parks outside the family home. Inside, a proud father of two takes one last look at his daughter and son before hugging his wife and walking out the door. As the car drives off, he stares out the window, hoping his wife and…

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Commentary

Be S.M.A.R.T. when setting goals

Posted July 7, 2017 by by Master Sgt. DEERICK GRAY

A goal is a result or achievement toward which effort is directed. Goals can be short or long-term, personal, professional, spiritual or physical, and are usually specific to a person or group. According to Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University in California, you are 42 percent more likely to reach a goal…

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Commentary

Juneteenth celebrates abolition of slavery

Posted July 7, 2017 by

WASHINGTON — “Juneteenth, the annual observance commemorating the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery, represents what is possible,” Navy Vice Adm. Kevin Scott said at a Pentagon ceremony today. “I am three generations removed from slavery in the state of Virginia, and so when I think about Juneteenth, I think what it…

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Commentary

Don’t underestimate importance of sacrifices

Posted July 7, 2017 by by Chief Master Sgt. MATTHEW LUSSON

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Feb. 19, 2015. As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations today, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April of 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman at the time, to be my…

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Commentary

My brat makes me proud

Posted June 2, 2017 by by Staff Sgt. Heather Heiney

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. ­— Parents worry; it’s just what we do. We worry our child will get hurt. We worry we aren’t making the right decisions for them. We worry they’ve become irrevocably addicted to their iPad and that they really shouldn’t spend so much time watching videos of a 5-year-old millionaire open…

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