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Who sets the first impression for your unit?

Posted July 26, 2012 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia

Recently, I was at the Tucson International Airport returning home from a TDY when I noticed a very young airman basic; who from all appearances was arriving at his first-duty location. We were both at the luggage claim area at the same time and I took note that he was lugging around basically everything he…

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Acceptance…do you have what it takes?

Posted July 26, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden

No one person is alike. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, genders and have different views on religious, political and sexual preferences, and they are judged unnecessarily because of it. You may not agree with someone’s preferences, but the thing is that you don’t have to agree. You do, however, have to be professional,…

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Chief’s Perspective: Analog leadership in digital times

Posted July 19, 2012 by Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Roy

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The United States Air Force is the world’s most advanced air, space and cyberspace force. Most of that can be attributed to you — our outstanding Airmen — but technology also…

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What’s your story?

Posted July 19, 2012 by Commentary by Col. Jonathan Sutherland

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — I remember the phone call three years ago like it happened an hour ago. My sister called to tell me our dad had died unexpectedly in his sleep. Among the many emotions I encountered shortly thereafter, I distinctly remember reflecting on my dad’s Air Force service as I…

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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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Standards and Accountability – Who are you going to be today?

Posted July 12, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Alexander Gordon

How you answer this one simple question can determine the course of your entire day. You see, who we are is not determined by what happens to us but rather in how we respond to what has happened. Therefore, we have the ability to determine who we are going to be every day. We are…

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I am an American Airman: I will not fail!

Posted July 5, 2012 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Torri Savarese

Early in my Air Force career, I overheard an NCO say, “The only tradition in the Air Force is constant change.” I should clarify that he more grumbled it than said it. I remember thinking how odd of an...

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Air Force leaders issue Independence Day message

Posted July 3, 2012 by anradmin

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy...

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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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Cognitive Influence: Cultivating Responsible Choices

Posted June 21, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Monique Harris

Responsible choices begin with how we process information. A thought pattern or mindset influenced by wise and trustworthy counsel and teaching can foster a culture of responsible choices individually and corporately. The Air Force has tasked all of its members to exemplify the characteristics of a leader. People who are leaders stand out. They do…

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