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Commentary: Thankfulness and an oak tree

Posted November 21, 2012 by Commentary by Senior Airman Jarad A. Denton

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — What are you thankful for? The question followed me the entire, extended weekend, as I struggled to write this article. It followed me as I made my way through the historic sites of Virginia. The air was unseasonably warm for November, as I walked through the remnants of Jamestown, Va….

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Why enforce the standards?

Posted June 13, 2013 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Vincent Brass

KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFNS) — In the military we constantly refer to “the standard.” Most standards are developed within Air Force instructions or technical orders. They are what sets us apart from our civilian counterparts. Webster’s dictionary defines a standard as “something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model, or example.” We weigh…

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Detached supervision breeds average performance

Posted December 12, 2013 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Antonio Lindley

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Growing up as a child, I got in trouble for getting a “C” grade for my school work and it reflected on my report card. My mother, actively involved in my childhood development, instilled an ethos: “There is an enemy called average; you are not average and an average score isn’t…

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Motorcycle Safety: Watch out

Posted July 10, 2014 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Steve Stanley 

Langley AFB, Va. — They are sentences that have been repeated by thousands, “I lost someone in a motorcycle accident” or even “I was hurt in a motorcycle accident”. In 2012 alone, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the U.S. with an additional 93,000 injured. Death is the ultimate price to pay for anything, and the odds of someone…

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Acceptance…do you have what it takes?

Posted July 26, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden

No one person is alike. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, genders and have different views on religious, political and sexual preferences, and they are judged unnecessarily because of it. You may not agree with someone’s preferences, but the thing is that you don’t have to agree. You do, however, have to be professional,…

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Put down the phone, pick up a conversation

Posted February 14, 2013 by Commentary by Senior Airman Timothy Moore

Albert Einstein said, “I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots.” I first saw this quote one day on a social networking site, and it was accompanied by several photos of people sitting in social settings with one or more people messaging on…

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Defined by actions

Posted August 8, 2013 by Commentary by Chaplain, Lt. Col. David W. Depinho

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — In July of 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed. America had asserted its rights and beliefs, and it was no accident that the Battle of Long Island, NY came immediately on its heels in August. This “first” battle in which an army of the “United States” engaged was to be…

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Force management and you: a first sergeant’s perspective

Posted February 20, 2014 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Jennifer L. Cabe

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — As the Air Force faces challenging times with the most recent round of Force Management measures, one thing is for certain: our demands will not decrease. There are three audiences this commentary is focused towards: each individual Airman impacted by any of these programs, supervisors at all levels and the unit…

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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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Leadership in today’s dynamic battlespace

Posted May 3, 2012 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Gary Carter

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Leadership is complex in today’s dynamic battlespace. Leaders need to consistently examine their actions and decision making. In addition, a leader needs to be disciplined and efficient in their approach to accomplishing the mission and developing Airmen. Leaders can either create a positive or a negative environment. Throughout my…

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