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How we look in uniform can make a difference

Posted October 4, 2012 by Commentary by Senior Airman Kasey Close

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — It’s said that “a picture is worth a 1,000 words,” but what is said when a military member is wearing his uniform wrong or looks unprofessional…

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Innovate, Airmen innovate!

Posted September 27, 2012 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Kevin Seeley

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The Air Force must innovate its way into the future, today! It’s been nearly two decades since Joel A. Barker wrote his book Paradigms in which he describes a state where business and organizational cultures become stagnant and fail to adapt to rapidly changing environments, essentially getting stuck in…

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Disciplined Airmen lead to disciplined life

Posted September 20, 2012 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Jim Upchurch

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As I prepared to prepare (procrastination!) for this commentary, I remember beginning the all important first step — brainstorming! I bounced from topic to topic, everything from the recent F-35 excitement to the roles supervisors have in today’s Air Force to what was on sale at the Base Exchange….

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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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Sir, the mission has changed

Posted September 13, 2012 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Jose LugoSantiago

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas — In a speech at the Cooper Union in New York City on Feb. 27, 1860, President Abraham Lincoln said, “Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.” He called to all…

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Airmen have a choice — get bitter or get better

Posted September 6, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Joel W. Shepherd

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — As warriors in today’s Air Force we face many overwhelming challenges. These challenges include an ever-expanding mission, a constantly shrinking manpower pool, a diminishing budget, an increasing overload of personal stressors, a demanding environment of “multi-hatted” duties at all levels and the same expectation of excellence in all areas…

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Attacking symptoms of suicide

Posted September 6, 2012 by Commentary by Capt. Scott Taylor

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — As an area defense counsel in the Air Force, it is my job to represent Airmen who get in legal or administrative trouble, and I love my job. I have spent the majority of my legal career as an attorney representing people in trouble, both as a civilian…

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Federal employees reminded to maintain professionalism with contractors

Posted September 6, 2012 by Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Litchfield

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — It takes integrity to run a world-class business. As the new Air Force Sustainment Center commander, I’m challenging our personnel to strive for world-class results. I want to improve our business and give our warfighter the best product with the highest quality, on time and on cost. In this…

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My job is prosecuting sexual assault

Posted August 29, 2012 by Commentary by Col. Don M. Christensen

Here’s a simple truth…sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are “blue on blue,” or Airmen victimizing other Airmen. So in addition to rejecting our core values, these undisciplined Airmen reject the Wingman concept that…

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Deployed NCO gains experience, confidence

Posted August 29, 2012 by Master Sgt. Shawntell Miller

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — When I was contacted to write a few words for the base paper, my first reaction was excitement.

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