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The future: New territory or repeat of history?

Posted January 23, 2014 by Commentary by Capt. Eric Ringelstetter

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – It is easy to get overwhelmed when listening to the pervasive 24/7 news cycle broadcasting predictions of an uncertain future. Whether it is America’s supposed “failure to lead” abroad, continuous fiscal disagreements in Washington D.C., or the Air Force’s pending drawdown of 25,000 Airmen, many conclude that the future is uncertain…

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Posted January 16, 2014 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Erik Bensen

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – As a first sergeant I’ve learned some valuable lessons from my commanders. One of them is to focus my efforts on the things I can control and to plan ahead taking into consideration the effects of those actions. This is a pretty simple advice to apply. Maximize the amount of effort…

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Stepping Forward

Posted January 9, 2014 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Chad Nichols

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Recently I came across an interesting quote from Admiral Togo Heihachiro, Commander of the Japanese Fleet during the Battle of Tsushima in 1905: “If your sword is too short, take one step forward.” Given the environment of reduced budgets, fiscal challenges and potential manpower shortages facing the Air Force, this quote…

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CFC: Supporting those when they’re not “bulletproof”

Posted December 12, 2013 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Donald Bohney

It was 2006 and I was on the tail end of a combat tour in Afghanistan where, over the course of the deployment, I flew combat missions employing the Laser Guided Bombs and 30mm in support of Americans on the ground. With my squadron’s tour at an end, we were at a base in the…

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Detached supervision breeds average performance

Posted December 12, 2013 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Antonio Lindley

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  – Growing up as a child, I got in trouble for getting a “C” grade for my school work and it reflected on my report card. My mother, actively involved in my childhood development, instilled an ethos: “There is an enemy called average; you are not average and an average score isn’t…

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SA: Identifying threats before they become a danger

Posted December 12, 2013 by Commentary by 355th Fighter Wing Anti-terrorism office

Situational awareness is not a skill only practiced by government officials, private security subject matter experts or highly trained Office of Special Investigation agents. Situational awareness is a MINDSET that should be and can be practiced by any individual in order to quickly recognize an emerging threat. It does not have to be a TERRORISM…

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A 10 year decision

Posted December 5, 2013 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class C. Massey

When most people decide to join the military, it’s usually right after high school. They don’t seriously consider joining active duty military at 27 years of age. As someone who arrived at basic military training 26 days before his 28th birthday, I know all too well that there are reasons for joining ten years later…

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This Thanksgiving focus on what really matters

Posted November 26, 2013 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. C. Lipphardt

JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. – If you want the perfect Thanksgiving, remember this: what time you eat doesn’t matter, the table setting doesn’t matter, who wins the football game doesn’t matter, and most importantly, the food doesn’t really matter. What matters are the shared moments with our friends and families, and the warm memories that will…

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ALS: A journey to becoming a successful leader

Posted November 21, 2013 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant

I was once told that a true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. I…

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Standards don’t change – on duty or off

Posted November 14, 2013 by Commentary by Senior Airman Shannon Hall

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do are core values that U.S. Air Force Airmen live by. Although these are important values for the Air Force, every base has their own principles that are essential to accomplishing the mission. Brig. Gen. Glen VanHerck, 7th Bomb Wing commander,…

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