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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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Getting a little awkward

Posted August 22, 2013 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Marissa Tucker

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – Out of the more than 20,000 people in the Joint Base San Antonio community, where do I fit in? It’s a question I’ve asked myself several times since I arrived here, and while I know my primary job, I like to think I serve another purpose. It causes me discomfort on…

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Are you carrying the FLAG?

Posted February 27, 2014 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. John Bennett

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – With so many challenges and distractions hitting us every day, it can sometimes be difficult to keep focused and maintain a healthy perspective. Many things can affect your outlook – the daily grind (“Ground Hog Day”), changes in processes and procedures, a different work environment or just knowing it’s your turn…

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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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Sir, the mission has changed

Posted September 13, 2012 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Jose LugoSantiago

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas — In a speech at the Cooper Union in New York City on Feb. 27, 1860, President Abraham Lincoln said, “Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.” He called to all…

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