Commentary

Maintenance versus repair … of our Airmen

Posted January 23, 2015 by Maj. Cameron Richardson

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNS) — This commentary is not about aircraft, vehicles, or even any mechanical components. It’s about our Airmen and how we manage their care and development throughout their careers. The maintenance versus repair concept is borrowed from the maintenance community and speaks to how maintenance managers plan, coordinate and…

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Celebrating National American Indian Heritage Month

Posted November 2, 2018 by by Dr. ROBERT KANE

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — During November, Americans celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month. On Nov. 11, Americans also celebrate Veterans Day. Through these two observances, Americans can celebrate not only the significant contributions of American Indians and Alaska natives to our heritage and culture but also their contribution to this country’s defense. The…

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Improving relations between subordinates and leadership

Posted December 7, 2015 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Jason Hokaj

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Commanders intent is a doctrinal term used in planning combat missions to communicate a desired end-state to subordinates. It describes a goal, timeline, and includes an acceptable level of risk. It is purposely vague in how to reach the goal. This is so subordinates can infuse their own expertise and information…

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Just American: A century of Black life

Posted February 27, 2015 by Daisy Jones-Brown

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) — Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted Harvard-trained historian Carter Woodson….

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Button your lip! Loose talk can cost lives

Posted April 3, 2015 by Commentary by Dennis Morris

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “Button your lip! Loose talk can cost lives,” was an operations security propaganda phrase used during World War II which still rings true today. It now goes beyond just buttoning your lips to include “zipping up” your social media sites. Safe web-browsing practices and OPSEC awareness are the best mitigation strategies…

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The Movie Makers: Raytheon animators use Hollywood magic to bring technology to life

Posted October 14, 2015 by

The camera skims low over a dazzling blue nightscape. Pulses of light zip through the city below as fiery columns plummet from the sky, exploding on impact. “Cyber attacks spread fear, disrupt commerce and leave a trail of widespread damage…” says an unseen narrator. It looks like a landscape from the movie TRON, but overpopulated…

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Work, family balance success marker

Posted January 16, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Daniel Carter

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — “Being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.” — Zig Ziglar In our careers, we frequently hear about the importance of having balance in our life…

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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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Don’t underestimate importance of sacrifices

Posted July 6, 2018 by by Chief Master Sgt. MATTHEW LUSSON

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Feb. 19, 2015. MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. —  As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations today, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April of 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman…

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Marvel’s Black Panther sets tone for leaders

Posted May 4, 2018 by by Col. CHERIE ROFF

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — My family and I had movie night a couple of weeks ago, and as I was watching, I was immediately struck by the leadership modeling prevalent in the movie. For years, Air Force Professional Military Education has had leaders watch the movie “Twelve O’Clock High” as a portrayal of leadership…

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