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From active duty to Citizen Airman: Serving homeland and community

Posted December 16, 2015 by Commentary by Capt. Logan Clark

TUCSON, Ariz. — If joining the Armed Forces is a sign of a love for country, joining the National Guard might be a sign of devotion to the community. Life is unpredictable. I began my officer commissioning program believing I was going to be a research scientist. Priorities change and goals shift. I found myself passionate about…

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Tips for holiday budgeting

Posted December 11, 2015 by Senior Airman Grace Lee

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — During the holidays most people spend time with loved ones and spread holiday cheer, but it can also be a time when some find themselves in a financial bind. “The holidays can be a stressful time for many, because most people want to give more than they have or can afford,”…

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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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Hiking Safety

Posted November 23, 2015 by Commentary by Tech. Sgt. Lucas Mielke

TUCSON, Ariz.  — With scenic views and an amazing variety of ecosystems within a short walk, Tucson is known for its hiking. As with any recreational activity, there are risks with hiking.  Especially in Tucson, the heat and the terrain can be very unforgiving at times.  Even being prepared with everything going right, accidents can still happen. …

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Plan to relax, leave holiday stress behind

Posted November 20, 2015 by Commentary by Col. Lisa Pike

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. — When we talk about getting back to basics, it often is used in a professional sense with business rules in mind to create efficiencies at work. I offer this same approach is equally important with family and friends, especially during the holiday season, when both our calendars and homes…

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Getting Involved

Posted November 16, 2015 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Yolanda Kain

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As an Airman at a new base, it can be confusing to figure out how to meet new people, develop yourself in your career and get involved. Luckily, Luke Air Force Base has many organizations that can navigate you through not only how to develop yourself professionally, but help you network…

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First line of defense

Posted October 29, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Brandy Rucker

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As experienced supervisors and leaders, are we empowering our junior leaders to spread their wings as supervisors and leaders at their level?   Specifically, I’m referring to the day-to-day leadership roles within their work areas. I can remember as a young staff sergeant, my team relied on me to motivate them, teach…

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Leading the way: A spark to start a fire

Posted October 28, 2015 by Commentary by Senior Master Sgt. Michael Roxberry

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — As a leader, do not let your ego get in the way.  Stand tall, but not above everyone else.  Do not tell people what to do, show them.  Showing them is what leading is all about.  When you show them, you are creating that spark.  Much like a fire, it all…

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Keeping the power through support

Posted October 26, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard

 Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. — Each October, Fort Eustis Fire Department personnel don pink shirts to raise awareness for breast cancer, but this year the cause hits close to home as a member of their team, Donna Haynes, was recently diagnosed with the disease. “At some point in your life, you will know someone who has cancer,…

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The “not my problem” problem

Posted October 19, 2015 by Commentary by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Slaughter

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — In an Air Force where being a leader at all levels is highly encouraged, it is becoming increasingly disturbing to me that people just do not seem to care. They are so focused on their particular area of responsibility, that when something new or unknown arises, they routinely brush it off…

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