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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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From the greenery of Virginia to the desert: 162nd FW welcomes new leader

Posted November 8, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Erich B. Smith

U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Hollie Hansen Col. Howard “Phil” Purcell speaks to the men and women of the 162nd Fighter Wing as the new wing commander. A former wing vice commander from the 192nd Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Purcell assumed command of the 162nd Fighter Wing during…

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Veterans Day: More than a day off work

Posted November 8, 2013 by Master Sgt. Jason Devereaux

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. – What do you think of when you think of Veterans Day?  Is this just another day off of work for you to get your “honey do” list caught up, or is it a day of thanks and honor for all America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness…

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Cruisin’ without bruisin’

Posted October 31, 2013 by Commentary by Airman D. Lile

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – When people think of stupid and reckless decisions, buying a motorcycle is usually on the top of their list. However, while knowing this, I personally canceled a plane ticket and bought a motorcycle in North Carolina and drove it to Columbus AFB; to say the least, my leadership was a little…

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