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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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New form second chance to do EPRs right

Posted September 5, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. James Gilmore

Without fail, every time I am around a group of young NCOs, there is one subject guaranteed to come up — the enduring question of “How can I write a stronger EPR for my Airman?” My answer to this question is fairly standard and is one that a chief shared with me many years ago….

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Summer safety campaign wraps up

Posted September 5, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Steve Stanley

Langley AFB, Va. — As summer wraps up and it becomes time to put away the jet skis and grills, it is important to remember that safety should remain a priority throughout the year. The summer safety campaign is intended to remind us that we cannot afford to lose focus on safety while on or…

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The JAG Corps announces law school programs: FLEP, ELP

Posted August 28, 2014 by Commentary by Judge Advocate

Applications for the Funded Legal Education Program and Excess Leave Program are being accepted from Jan. 1 through March 1, 2015.  Interested officers are encouraged to compete. The number of FLEP and ELP applicants selected n any academic year is determined based on the needs of the Air Force. “Our Air Force missions are constantly…

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Summer burnout

Posted August 14, 2014 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Steve Stanley

Langley Air Force Base, Va. — Some of the very things we enjoy during the summer can also wear us down. Juggling work, family schedules, vacation times, and outdoor squadron activities can take a toll. The chronic engagement of these activities can cause stress, fatigue and eventually summer burnout. According to the American Psychological Association,…

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A photojournalist’s perspective of an AFSOUTH mission

Posted August 14, 2014 by Commentary by Tech. Sgt. Heather R. Redman

There I was lying in bed. My eyes slowly opened and I was instantly irritated, because my alarm hadn’t gone off yet. I hate waking up before I have to. For a moment I forgot where I was. The bed was too comfortable, the room too clean and there was food in the fridge, so…

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Commentary: Strong followers challenge authority

Posted August 7, 2014 by Lt. Col. Charles Jones

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — It’s not surprising that when I tell subordinates to challenge authority, I often get a look of confusion. Admittedly, this is a step used to provoke thought. Obviously, we don’t need subordinates undermining their leader’s authority. My intent is not to create insubordination — it is to underscore the…

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Understanding sergeant’s words: ‘I’ve got your back’

Posted August 7, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Patricia Yelverton

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — Seeing the newly selected staff sergeants recently brought back memories of when I was selected for staff sergeant. Actually, my thoughts went to the night I graduated Airman Leadership School. As I crossed the stage after receiving my completion certificate, my co-workers gathered to congratulate me and shake…

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Quality of rituals determines quality of life

Posted July 31, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Stuart Allison

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. (AFNS) — Over the last year I’ve been on a quest to identify and highlight simple success strategies that, if followed, will increase career success. Where does one start on the path to becoming successful? Some would say, “habits,” but it goes farther than that. Habits are repeatable actions that…

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Is being good, good enough?

Posted July 24, 2014 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. James Cash Jr.

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – In today’s Air Force can you settle with just being good? I say, “No.” With the Air Force executing the deepest force cuts since the end of the cold war with programs such as the Quality Force Review Board and the Enlisted Retention Board, what you do and how well you…

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