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Is being good, good enough?

Posted July 24, 2014 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. James Cash Jr.

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — In today’s Air Force can you settle with just being good? I say, “No.” With the Air Force executing the deepest force cuts since the end of the cold war with programs such as the Quality Force Review Board and the Enlisted Retention Board, what you do and how well you…

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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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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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Are You Ready?

Posted July 17, 2014 by Commentary by Master Sgt. C.A. Tony Sargent

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — When Air Force leadership announced they would need to cut about 25,000 Airmen over the next five years, many people wondered if they would be affected. A variety of programs were announced, including several allowing Airmen the option to retire early. The Air Force also allowed some Airmen the option to…

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Chief Master Sgt. Dawna M. Cnota bids farewell

Posted July 10, 2014 by

Letter to My Airmen The time has come for me to hang up my uniform after 28 years of service.  Many emotions have competed for attention since I made this decision earlier this year.  There is pride, for the honorable service I’ve given; regret, on some days, that I can’t stay longer; and excitement for…

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Motorcycle Safety: Watch out

Posted July 10, 2014 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Steve Stanley 

Langley AFB, Va. — They are sentences that have been repeated by thousands, “I lost someone in a motorcycle accident” or even “I was hurt in a motorcycle accident”. In 2012 alone, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the U.S. with an additional 93,000 injured. Death is the ultimate price to pay for anything, and the odds of someone…

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Independence Day Fireworks Safety

Posted July 3, 2014 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Candice C. Page

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Independence Day provides Americans an opportunity to celebrate a very important part of our country’s rich history. Celebrating this holiday with fireworks is a common tradition; however, not incorporating safety may turn the festivities into an agonizing memory when Airmen or their families are injured while using fireworks. Few…

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Air Force Core Values: In times of transition

Posted June 26, 2014 by Major John Stiles

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Throughout the years plenty has been written about the Air Force Core Values. The values of Integrity, Service and Excellence are the cornerstones of who we are as Airmen on and off duty. Living up to these values when times are good is easy, but it’s when we’re going…

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Difficult force shaping calls made tougher by undeserved ‘Firewall 5’s’

Posted June 19, 2014 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Ethan Peters

LAJES FIELD, Azores (AFNS) — I was not a very good Airman in the early days of my Air Force career. I was passably good at my job and very bad at the Air Force. Here is an actual quote from one of my early Enlisted Performance Reports, “Improved responsibility in off-duty affairs would quickly…

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What we do makes an impact

Posted June 19, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman

What we do makes an impact, was the first line on a slide Lt. Gen. Tod Wolters, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, briefed from during a commander’s call on June 9. As I sat in that crowded theater, initially I was inspired. We here at 12th Air Force have made a difference. Since…

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