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Is your security clearance current?

Posted April 18, 2013 by Commentary by Keenan Williams

To support the Air Force’s global mission, you must commit to maintaining your personnel readiness. So, your immunizations are current, you have a solid family care plan in place and your finances are squared away, but are you really prepared to deploy and support the global mission? Have you forgotten anything? What about your security…

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Dagger Point with the 12 AF (AFSOUTH) commander

Posted October 24, 2013 by

Lt. Gen. Tod D. Wolters is the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander. He has served Airmen for more than 31-years as a command pilot with more than 4,950 hours in the F-15C, F-22, OV-10, T-38 and the A-10 aircraft, and has commanded at the unit, squadron, group, wing, numbered Air Force and joint-levels….

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Man of honor

Posted May 15, 2014 by Commentary by Gen. Mark A. Welsh III

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — “Anyone can carry his burden, however hard until nightfall; anyone can do his work however hard for one day.” These words were penned by Robert Louis Stevenson about one hundred years before retired Air Force fighter pilot Col. Jim Kasler used them to describe the challenge of daily life as a prisoner…

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How did we lose this young Airman?

Posted November 13, 2014 by Col. Donald Grannan

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — She was an Airman Leadership School distinguished graduate, earned staff sergeant her first time testing, received all 5s on her enlisted performance reports and took part in two deployments. Clearly she was a high-performing Airman. But, in her words, the Air Force had made it clear it didn’t…

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D-M senior enlisted corps primed to lead

Posted June 14, 2012 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Vincent Howard

As my time as the 355th Fighter Wing’s command chief draws to a close here, it’s hard not to notice how great it is to be an enlisted leader on the Desert Lightning Team – I am surrounded by powerhouse leaders that make service easier for us all. In the past three months, two of…

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That others may play

Posted December 14, 2012 by Senior Airman Timothy Moore

Depending on who you are speaking with, if you ask someone about the importance of video games, you may receive answers ranging from ‘they are a waste of time’ to ‘they are my life.’ One Airman here on D-M may not be the latter, but gaming has played a part in his life and career….

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What do you radiate?

Posted June 20, 2013 by Commentary by Col. Daniel Smith

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — I am a believer in the power of positive influence. I buy into such phrases as “your attitude determines your altitude.” I have been the benefactor of being led by those who radiate positive vibes. Not in a heads in the clouds Pollyanna kind of way, but a glass half full…

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SA: Identifying threats before they become a danger

Posted December 12, 2013 by Commentary by 355th Fighter Wing Anti-terrorism office

Situational awareness is not a skill only practiced by government officials, private security subject matter experts or highly trained Office of Special Investigation agents. Situational awareness is a MINDSET that should be and can be practiced by any individual in order to quickly recognize an emerging threat. It does not have to be a TERRORISM…

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Adaptability a ‘must’ in today’s Air Force

Posted July 17, 2014 by Commentary by Capt. Ryan Gard

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Three years ago, I entered the Air Force as a general dentist. After completing four challenging years of dental school, I was eager to serve in the Air Force and use my newly developed skills to provide quality care to Airmen. What I quickly came to realize was the misconception that…

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Dagger Point with Col. Jose Sanchez

Posted August 3, 2012 by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle

Col. Jose Sanchez is the director of plans for 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) and a B-2 pilot. He also spent time as chief of the master...

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