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2018 AETC strategic plan online, not resting on laurels

Posted March 2, 2018 by by Lt. Gen. STEVE KWAST

I’m excited to announce the new 2018 AETC Strategic Plan. Some of you may be wondering why we need a new strategic plan. While it would be tempting to rest on our laurels, our adversaries are certainly not resting. Today’s and tomorrow’s challenges demand that those of us who train and educate the force move…

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Recruit’s BT experience more than expected

Posted February 2, 2018 by by Airman 1st Class TESSA CORRICK

I left home for the first time in my 20 years of living on Jan. 10, 2017, to become an Airman. I saw the Air Force as an opportunity to better myself through professionalism, education and experience. As a first generation Airman I went in blind, but I knew what I wanted, and I wasn’t…

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50 years later: MLK still impacting world

Posted February 2, 2018 by Commentary by Tech Sgt. LANDON SCAIFE

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — We just celebrated the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I wonder if Dr. King was here today, would he be proud of his impact on the world or saddened by today’s current standings? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a great vision in which we all can…

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Narrow scope, improve force

Posted November 3, 2017 by by Lt. Col. NELSON ROULEAU

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Our collective failure to lead boldly and teach others to do the same has led us toward the end of our runway. Airmen are watching Young military leaders vicariously learn the easiest path to promotion is through conservative decisions, and a single mistake may cost a career. In light…

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Three pounds, 11 ounces of resiliency

Posted November 3, 2017 by by Senior Airman SHELBY HORN

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — As military members we are inundated with training and speeches about resiliency. We hear it so often that it can get dull and become just another checked box on your records, until the message gets personally delivered in a place you’d never expect. In 2016 my husband and I…

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Holiday, Thanksgiving and gratitude: Some thoughts

Posted November 3, 2017 by

November is the Thankful Month. OK, we observe a national holiday in the month. Note with me that it is called a national holiday, but in a historical sense it is not truly a holiday i.e. a “holy day.” Bear with me for a moment, I’m not suggesting you change the way you use the…

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The art of work, life balance

Posted October 6, 2017 by by Chief Master Sgt. DERRICK HARRISON

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — As we progress through the enlisted and officer ranks, we start to gain additional tasks, duties and personnel concerns. Your career is no longer just about you, but includes the Airmen you lead on a daily basis. Sometimes we get so consumed with making sure the mission and the…

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Airman navigates crucible of anxiety

Posted October 6, 2017 by by Airman 1st Class SAVANNAH WATERS

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — As first impressions go, I am an extrovert. I love to connect with people and have been described as personable. My mother says I’ve never known a stranger. What many don’t know, including friends and family, is that I struggle with social anxiety. With less than a week of notice,…

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American, coalition airmen mark 3 years of lethal airpower against ISIS

Posted September 1, 2017 by by Lt. Gen. JEFF HARRIGIAN

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — In early 2014, people across the globe were horrified by images of a menacing force sweeping across the Middle East, overwhelming superior armies and brutalizing those unfortunate enough to fall beneath its black shadow of terror. Nearly a month after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria announced the…

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‘All in’ investing in tomorrow — Air Force Junior ROTC

Posted September 1, 2017 by by Lt. Gen. STEVEN KWAST

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — General of the Air Force Henry H. Arnold once said, “We must think in terms of tomorrow.” At Air University we do just that; tomorrow is our focus today. Throughout America’s history we have seen numerous studies link the education of our children to national security. One such report…

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