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Standards don’t change – on duty or off

Posted November 14, 2013 by Commentary by Senior Airman Shannon Hall

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do are core values that U.S. Air Force Airmen live by. Although these are important values for the Air Force, every base has their own principles that are essential to accomplishing the mission. Brig. Gen. Glen VanHerck, 7th Bomb Wing commander,…

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Difficult force shaping calls made tougher by undeserved ‘Firewall 5’s’

Posted June 19, 2014 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Ethan Peters

LAJES FIELD, Azores (AFNS) — I was not a very good Airman in the early days of my Air Force career. I was passably good at my job and very bad at the Air Force. Here is an actual quote from one of my early Enlisted Performance Reports, “Improved responsibility in off-duty affairs would quickly…

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It’s National what month?

Posted July 13, 2012 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

Certain months have certain holidays, like Christmas in December and St. Patrick’s Day in March. But what you may not know is that each month has several observances that may be a little outside…

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Physical fitness: Struggle between mind, body, pain

Posted January 24, 2013 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class Jared Trimarchi

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AFNS) — Losing weight isn’t easy. It took almost five months to accomplish my goal of losing 40 pounds.

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Avoiding retreat is cowardly

Posted July 18, 2013 by Commentary by Jo Rowe

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) – It was one of the first beautiful days in a very long while in and around Bolling Air Force Base, District of Columbia. Rain was predicted, but I was hoping it would hold out until I completed the walk to my on-base residence. As I was about to walk out…

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Think before you post

Posted January 30, 2014 by Lt. Col Patricia Tate

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) — Have you ever had one of those days that it seems like you are working harder than your coworkers? You made 100 widgets and your coworker has only made 50. So, what do you do when you perceive the workload as unfair? Do you go home and blast…

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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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Never saw this coming: Lessons learned in trying times

Posted March 22, 2012 by Staff

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — I had the world by the tail: U. S. Air Force Academy graduate, Air Force pilot, six-time commander, 30-year Air Force career, and two stars; fit, healthy and strong. But subtle problems appeared out of nowhere: occasional vertigo, mild persistent headaches, cognitive challenges, having to stop during a…

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It takes a village to fight depression in our Air Force

Posted August 23, 2012 by Commentary by Maj. Rene Saenz

We believe as Airmen that we belong to the greatest service and institution in the world. This is ingrained in us from the time we take the oath and every day thereafter, until we separate or retire. Time after time we understand and accept the challenge that there is a very small margin for error….

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Who, what do you serve?

Posted March 22, 2013 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — How many articles are there in the Constitution of the United States of America? How many times has the Constitution been amended? Why do we have an Air Force when only an Army and Navy are specifically mentioned in the Constitution? If you do not know the answer to…

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