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Leadership stresses importance of keeping families informed

Posted March 7, 2014 by Lt. Col Angela Spaith

The Air Force’s on-going force shaping initiatives affect more than our Airmen–they also affect our families.  The concerns and questions Air Force families differ from those of a service member. Family members have few opportunities to engage with commanders and experts and large auditorium briefings and pages of personnel documents are not always the most…

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Think before you act: It only takes a second for your actions to go viral

Posted March 7, 2014 by Christa D’Andrea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Have you ever done something you wish you could take back? Said something mean … wrote something inappropriate … behaved in a way that was disrespectful? I’m sure you have or you wouldn’t be human. However, in today’s society some of these behaviors never go away, even if you tried to…

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Are you carrying the FLAG?

Posted February 27, 2014 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. John Bennett

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – With so many challenges and distractions hitting us every day, it can sometimes be difficult to keep focused and maintain a healthy perspective. Many things can affect your outlook – the daily grind (“Ground Hog Day”), changes in processes and procedures, a different work environment or just knowing it’s your turn…

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Force management and you: a first sergeant’s perspective

Posted February 20, 2014 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Jennifer L. Cabe

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – As the Air Force faces challenging times with the most recent round of Force Management measures, one thing is for certain: our demands will not decrease. There are three audiences this commentary is focused towards: each individual Airman impacted by any of these programs, supervisors at all levels and the unit…

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Don’t know what you got (till it’s gone)

Posted February 20, 2014 by Capt. Bret Evans, Jr.

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. (AFNS) — In the fall of 1988, the hair metal band Cinderella delivered to the world a pearl of wisdom beyond their years when they melodically destroyed our eardrums with “Don’t know what you got (till it’s gone).” This power ballad’s intended message refers to the harsh reality lovers…

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Are you a complete Airman?

Posted February 13, 2014 by Commentary by Senior Master Sgt. Michael Hansell

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – There are many types of Airmen in today’s Air Force, but what type of Airman are you? Are you the type that comes in, does your job and goes home? Or, the one that does good work but isn’t interested in going above and beyond the minimum requirements? Or, are you…

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Recipe for leadership? Be best you can be

Posted February 13, 2014 by Commentary by Senior Master Sgt. Donald Stroud

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Is there a special recipe for leadership? In today’s Air Force we struggle trying to find that special recipe to get our teams to perform at their top levels of efficiency. As technology catapults us into the future and new leadership philosophies develop through the halls of Harvard and Stanford, we…

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Making today count

Posted February 6, 2014 by Commentary by Lt. Col. David Woodley

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – There are a lot of changes happening within the Air Force today as well as the continued debates in our government concerning the future of all military personnel. With debates on military benefits that range from medical care to retirement pay, and with the looming force reduction boards, it would be…

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Think before you post

Posted January 30, 2014 by Lt. Col Patricia Tate

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) — Have you ever had one of those days that it seems like you are working harder than your coworkers? You made 100 widgets and your coworker has only made 50. So, what do you do when you perceive the workload as unfair? Do you go home and blast…

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A love-hate relationship

Posted January 23, 2014 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Heather Redman

It’s 10:40, and the smell of floor cleaner and body funk welcomes me as I enter into the Haeffner Fitness Center. The Airman working the desk gives me the customary welcome nod as I walk by. It has just occurred to me that I have become one of the lunch time regulars. I enter into…

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