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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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Integrity first: Having courage to speak up

Posted June 12, 2014 by by Capt. Anthony Arocha

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As a kid my dad always asked me questions he already knew the answers to, testing my integrity throughout my childhood. As a strict military father, he taught me at an early age that a man’s word is everything, and as I grew older, it developed into having integrity…

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755th AMXS takes measures to deter DUI

Posted June 5, 2014 by Commentary by Maj. Douglas Warren

Rarely am I able to pass through any of the base gates without being drawn to the status board which shows the latest alcohol related incidents. Often the “days counter” does not exceed 30 before another Airman is exposed for failing to follow the law. It is hard to imagine how any Airman can miss…

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Putting the ‘memorial’ back into Memorial Day

Posted May 22, 2014 by Commentary by Air Force Col. David Stimac

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — A few years ago I was asked to speak at a Memorial Day ceremony for a retirement community in St. Petersburg, Fla. I am not sure why I was asked, as I certainly did not feel qualified to speak to a crowd of proud veterans on Memorial Day. I am…

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Man of honor

Posted May 15, 2014 by Commentary by Gen. Mark A. Welsh III

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — “Anyone can carry his burden, however hard until nightfall; anyone can do his work however hard for one day.” These words were penned by Robert Louis Stevenson about one hundred years before retired Air Force fighter pilot Col. Jim Kasler used them to describe the challenge of daily life as a prisoner…

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A chance for me to say thank you

Posted May 8, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Joel Mease

Did you know April was Month of the Military Child? I’ll be honest; it didn’t dawn on me until yesterday. I can understand if you forgot, or didn’t notice. It’s easy, after all, with last-minute taskers, performance reports to write, doing the daily tasks asked of us – a lot of times I think these…

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Excellence unexpected result of mistakes

Posted May 1, 2014 by Commentary by 1st Lt. Christopher Bennett

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — In our present environment of force shaping actions and an increasing expectation to do more with less, the idea exists that perfection is expected. While excellence remains one of our core values, our heritage is wrought with leaders, who are both men and women, great and small, that questioned the status…

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Today’s MTIs, through the eyes of an old airman

Posted May 1, 2014 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — I normally don’t jump into the fray of Internet social commentary, but as Air Education and Training Command’s senior enlisted airman, I felt compelled after seeing many readers’ comments stemming from a March 31 news article on the court-martial of a former military training instructor. The article highlighted the former MTI’s…

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Professionalism, mission focus, and a new way forward for base inspections

Posted April 3, 2014 by Commentary by Col. Kevin E. Blanchard

Professionalism, mission focus, and a new way forward known as the Air Force Inspection System – those three things sum up what members of the Desert Lightning Team should take away from last week’s Unit Effectiveness Inspection. The Air Combat Command Inspector General Team conducted the 355th Fighter Wing’s Capstone event, known as a UEI,…

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