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Advise Airmen of rights before asking questions

Posted September 18, 2014 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Erick Bensen

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Every day supervisors are faced with challenging scenarios and situations that require them to engage in efforts to help their Airmen. When this engagement is due to a negative act such as theft, damage to property or other possible legal violations, we must resist the instinct to question them…

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Make time to mentor your Airmen

Posted April 23, 2015 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Matthew Werner

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, AZ — The Air Force is comprised of Airmen with many skills and talents. The backbone to our continued success is our men and women who strive to be excellent on a daily basis. However, there are times when our focus is derailed by our own personal and professional guidelines. I was taught…

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Critical Days of Social Media: Safety tips for the virtual world

Posted May 10, 2012 by Commentary by Maj. Gabe Johnson

It was Saturday during a recent unit training assembly when our firefighters extinguished a blaze at the GE Apparatus Service center across the street from our main gate on Valencia Road – by Sunday an unknown unit member had posted cell phone video footage of the fire on You Tube for all to see. Our…

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Don’t worry, help is here

Posted September 20, 2012 by Commentary by Roselyn Lacsamana

Mental health plays an essential role in shaping one’s life. A person free of excessive anxiety, stress and worry is more capable of living life to the fullest. A mentally fit person maintains a positive self image and interacts well with co-workers, family and friends. With this in mind, the Air Force Reserve Command created…

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Leadership not defined by shapes, sizes

Posted May 2, 2013 by Commentary by Col. Jerry Wizda

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFNS) — Short in stature at 5 feet 4 inches, not particularly handsome, a bookworm and not exactly the life of the party, James Madison does not fit some perceptions of a leader. In today’s world, he probably would have been perceived as a nerd. But, his brilliant mind and leadership skills now…

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Cruisin’ without bruisin’

Posted October 31, 2013 by Commentary by Airman D. Lile

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — When people think of stupid and reckless decisions, buying a motorcycle is usually on the top of their list. However, while knowing this, I personally canceled a plane ticket and bought a motorcycle in North Carolina and drove it to Columbus AFB; to say the least, my leadership was a little…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski)
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755th AMXS takes measures to deter DUI

Posted June 5, 2014 by Commentary by Maj. Douglas Warren

Rarely am I able to pass through any of the base gates without being drawn to the status board which shows the latest alcohol related incidents. Often the “days counter” does not exceed 30 before another Airman is exposed for failing to follow the law. It is hard to imagine how any Airman can miss…

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Keep safety in mind when cooking Thanksgiving feasts

Posted November 26, 2014 by Commentary by Keesler Fire Department

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. Cooking fires are the No. 1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries.  Every year hundreds of Americans die, thousands more are injured and roughly $500 million…

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Does the EPR need a bailout?

Posted June 28, 2012 by Commentary by Tech. Sgt. Kitsana R. Dounglomchan

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFNS) — What do enlisted performance reports, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America have in common? They suffer from bad brand name recognition. So, what should we do? Bailout our EPR system? We could rename the EPR. How about Yearly Evaluation Report or YER? A name change has worked for some,…

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Dagger Point with Staff Sgt. Ryan Vottero

Posted December 21, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin

Recently Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s own Staff Sergeant Ryan Vottero, 355th Security Forces Squadron, wrestled for Team USA. Vottero was selected to represent the country and compete in a tournament in Poland. JS: How did you become part of team USA? RV: In years past they used to run a trials tournament to make the…

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