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They are ALL your Airmen!

Posted May 17, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Brian Potvin

Commentary by Master Sgt. Brian Potvin Air Force Command and Control Integration Center LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — How many times have you heard someone say, “That senior airman’s not wearing his hat in the parking lot.” Or “That tech sergeant just ran inside because reveille is about to sound.”? I bet at some…

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Cyber Security important at home and the office

Posted May 17, 2012 by Commentary by Capt. Charles Lundine

Technological advancements utilized in the commercial market continue to gain leverage in the military and in our personal lives. Social networking, mobile electronics, and data availability offer opportunities to communicate more efficiently but pose some risk to the military and common users. With the proper education, device configuration, the latest patches and upgrades, and encryption,…

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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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More than recruiter’s assistance

Posted May 3, 2012 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class Shane M. Phipps

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — Within the military, we are expected to put the needs of the service before our own. Often this means spending significant time not only away from loved ones, but the places we call home as well. The Air Force however, offers a program which enables us to have…

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Parent of autistic child asks ‘why not?’

Posted May 3, 2012 by Commentary by Jessica Turner

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — I was truly speechless the moment after his delivery. It was within those first 60 seconds when he was placed on my chest that my world completely changed. Children define the phrase “life altering.” They bring love, panic, laughter, tears, distraction, frustration and every stray animal in the neighborhood,…

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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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Time to change our EPR culture

Posted April 26, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Lee Hoover

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFNS) — The second I pinned on staff sergeant I knew I could do it. I could be the NCO the Air Force wanted me to be. I could write fair enlisted performance reports and prove the naysayers in airman leadership school wrong. Sure, what we learned might “not be the…

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Leaders should walk and talk instead of click and send

Posted April 19, 2012 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Harold L. Hutchison

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFNS) — Recently, I received and reviewed, with great concern, the alarmingly high Air Force suicide rates for fiscal 2012. As of March 27 we have had 30 suicides for the year compared to 23 at this same time last year. You may be thinking, “Chief, why are you telling…

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Outdoor flag ceremonies: do you know what to do?

Posted March 29, 2012 by

When driving or walking by the flag pole on base while the U.S. flag is being raised or lowered, do you know what to do? I have to admit, this isn’t a question I have considered until today. I, like many here, have been getting it wrong for quite some time. But this morning our…

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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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