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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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Cherish moments between military duties, times away from family

Posted August 4, 2017 by by Tech. Sgt. JAMES HODGMAN

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. ­— It’s 4 a.m., and a car parks outside the family home. Inside, a proud father of two takes one last look at his daughter and son before hugging his wife and walking out the door. As the car drives off, he stares out the window, hoping his wife and…

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Control from the cockpit: Two former fighter pilots explain the meaning of air dominance

Posted April 1, 2016 by From Raytheon Company

Time was running out for Cesar “Rico” Rodriguez and the rest of the NATO fighter pilots. They’d pulled off a surprise strike on a Serbian surface-to-air missile site, but the attack was dragging on – and the enemy was about to hit back. Rodriguez picked up an enemy fighter streaking north from Pristina. It was…

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Technology helps overcome deployment challenges

Posted April 6, 2018 by by Tech. Sgt. JAMES HODGMAN

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. ­­— Military life is not easy. The men and women who serve in our armed forces protect our freedoms and way of life. They make tremendous sacrifices along with their families in service to our country. Service members often have to endure times of separation from their loved ones, from…

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Air Force everything

Posted January 8, 2016 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Blake

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb.  — On an average day, I eat, sleep and breathe Air Force.  My family is Air Force, my friends are Air Force, my coworkers are Air Force, my spouse is Air Force, I am Air Force. I bet there are a few skeptics out there who would say it’s unhealthy….

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Becoming human again: developing the ability to empathize

Posted October 7, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. Jodi Martinez

From the moment we’re born, we need human interaction and crave to be understood. It can have a profound effect upon our personal lives by making us feel empowered or conversely by making us feel powerless if those needs are neglected. It also extends into our professional lives. In fact, many of the most successful…

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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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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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Building likability as a leader

Posted December 16, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Javario Mathis

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — With the multitude of professional development courses we as Airmen attend, I just wanted to hit on some regularly discussed leadership behaviors. That said, we should also be striving to improve as we grow as leaders at all levels. These tips can be helpful whether you are leading peers or subordinates….

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Lessons from failure

Posted October 5, 2018 by emmauribe

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Thirty-two. Thirty-three. Thirty-four. Thirty-five — time’s up. Somewhere in Texas a senior airman failed his fitness test. He couldn’t complete the minimum requirement for abdominal crunches. Dragging himself back to his car, ashamed and furious with himself, he realized that he was now one of those Airmen he looked…

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