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Leaders: the good, bad, and forgotten

Posted February 13, 2015 by Col. Sean McKenna

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — It’s been my Air Force experience there are three categories of leaders- the Good, the Bad, and the Forgotten. Everyone reading this probably thinks they’re in the first category, but we know that’s not the case. Airmen who work for you certainly wish that were true, but not every…

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Work, family balance success marker

Posted January 16, 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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Getting Involved

Posted November 16, 2015 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Yolanda Kain

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As an Airman at a new base, it can be confusing to figure out how to meet new people, develop yourself in your career and get involved. Luckily, Luke Air Force Base has many organizations that can navigate you through not only how to develop yourself professionally, but help you network…

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Emergency Air Force aid – blessing in disguise

Posted April 10, 2015 by Commentary by Senior Airman Hailey Staker

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D.  — During the month of February, plans to have a little fun on a warm Sunday afternoon came to a screeching halt when the front left wheel of my husband’s truck started to come loose. Had we continued driving that day, our trip may have ended in disaster. By the…

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Work Overload! What I learned on the slopes of Aconcagua

Posted May 29, 2015 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Daniel Loveless

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Breathe, breathe, breathe. Step. Breathe, breathe, breathe. Step. It’s about 4 a.m. on a cool February morning, and I’m presently at 19,200 feet on Aconcagua, Argentina, the highest point in the Southern and Western Hemispheres. I’m part of a team of 13 climbers. Today is our summit day. There…

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The difference between Memorial and Veterans Day

Posted May 21, 2015 by Maj. Nicholas J. Sabula

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — There are lots of reminders out there that Memorial Day is about more than a day off or barbecue. It’s also about more than thanking everyone who served or waving flags. The truth is, many people confuse this day with Veterans Day. This day is about one thing…

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You can’t shrink the wall, but you can grow taller

Posted December 18, 2015 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — As the Holidays rapidly approach, many of us will reflect on our past year in the Air Force to see if it was time well-spent. We may look back at all we’ve done or haven’t done, and decide whether or not we feel fulfilled; whether or not we have contributed to…

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A Puzzle Called “Me”

Posted January 8, 2016 by Commentary by Senior Airman Shane Mitchell

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — It was early October when I entered the waiting room, and I wasn’t in the best of moods. The past two months had been the worst of my life; I made some very poor decisions and my personal, financial and professional stress was unmanageable. I put myself between…

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Recycled oil shifts gears

Posted September 2, 2016 by

TUCSON, Ariz.— Your car could be running on recycled F-16 oil. At the 162nd Wing, all of the used oil from aircraft maintenance operations is collected and recycled. Yes, recycled. Just like in your car, aircraft need oil. It helps lubricate, cool, clean, seal and generally protect the parts and engine from corrosion. This oil…

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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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