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‘Bust through blues’ with positive attitude

Posted December 21, 2012 by Maj. Evelyn Schumer

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — At the end of each day, I ask myself: Is the universe a happier and better place because of my existence? I’m sure we’ve all had an experience like the one I had last week. I was waiting in line at the grocery store behind someone who was…

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‘Lucky’ people take personal responsibility for their own success

Posted June 27, 2013 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Mickey Evans

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AFNS) — “She’s so lucky! He has all the luck!” Just like you, I hear these phrases thrown around from time to time. I’ve often been taken somewhat by surprise when I hear one of these comments. Don’t get me wrong, I think there are times when truly random events of good fortune…

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Stepping Forward

Posted January 9, 2014 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Chad Nichols

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Recently I came across an interesting quote from Admiral Togo Heihachiro, Commander of the Japanese Fleet during the Battle of Tsushima in 1905: “If your sword is too short, take one step forward.” Given the environment of reduced budgets, fiscal challenges and potential manpower shortages facing the Air Force, this quote…

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Life is moving, move with it

Posted July 24, 2014 by Commentary by Senior Airman Jarrod Grammel

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — “You can’t be neutral on a moving train” is a famous quote, and the title of a memoir and documentary about the life of author, historian and activist Howard Zinn. What this means is that things are happening all around us, and everything in life is moving in a certain direction….

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Doing the right thing

Posted August 3, 2012 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class Timothy Moore

Integrity first. Service before self. Excellence in all we do. These are the U.S. Air Force core values. From the day a person swears in, he or she is expected to incorporate these ideals into work, study, and even play. They are expected to embed these values in their hearts. They are expected to live…

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Sitting down with World War II veterans

Posted February 28, 2013 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Kevin Wilske

Throughout my career, I have volunteered several times. Most have been your standard bullet-worthy events; however, a recent opportunity caused me to look at volunteering in a whole new light. The event was an Honor Flight ceremony for World War II veterans held at the Pima Air and Space Museum. My job was to assist…

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All things happen for a reason

Posted September 3, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Keith Connella

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Most think that we have complete control over what happens next in our world. Life can always throw obstacles at us where we have to adapt and overcome. At times we can feel as if the whole world is about to crumble in front of us. To be able to make…

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Leadership stresses importance of keeping families informed

Posted March 7, 2014 by Lt. Col Angela Spaith

The Air Force’s on-going force shaping initiatives affect more than our Airmen–they also affect our families.  The concerns and questions Air Force families differ from those of a service member. Family members have few opportunities to engage with commanders and experts and large auditorium briefings and pages of personnel documents are not always the most…

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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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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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