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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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The last bite

Posted March 20, 2014 by Commentary by Senior Airman Christopher Reel

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Shake, take, salute and pose for a photo–Tyndall’s 2014 March Enlisted Promotion Ceremony was carrying on as usual. I raised my camera, waited for the grip and grin moment and then took the photo of family members tacking on the member’s stripes. As I raised my camera, getting ready for the…

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When keeping it real goes wrong

Posted March 14, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant

It’s Tuesday, and after a long day at work I’m reminded that I have an intramural league basketball game tonight. After arriving home and quickly changing I make my way back to the base gym to avoid the scrutiny of my coach and team mates.  As I begin to search through the maze of a…

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The impact of a simple email

Posted March 14, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Heather Redman

It seems like the emails just won’t stop. Review this, update that, and the ever dreaded tasking that was due yesterday....

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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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