Commentary

First line of defense

Posted October 29, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Brandy Rucker

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As experienced supervisors and leaders, are we empowering our junior leaders to spread their wings as supervisors and leaders at their level?   Specifically, I’m referring to the day-to-day leadership roles within their work areas. I can remember as a young staff sergeant, my team relied on me to motivate them, teach…

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American, coalition airmen mark 3 years of lethal airpower against ISIS

Posted September 1, 2017 by by Lt. Gen. JEFF HARRIGIAN

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — In early 2014, people across the globe were horrified by images of a menacing force sweeping across the Middle East, overwhelming superior armies and brutalizing those unfortunate enough to fall beneath its black shadow of terror. Nearly a month after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria announced the…

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Technology helps overcome deployment challenges

Posted April 6, 2018 by by Tech. Sgt. JAMES HODGMAN

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. ­­— Military life is not easy. The men and women who serve in our armed forces protect our freedoms and way of life. They make tremendous sacrifices along with their families in service to our country. Service members often have to endure times of separation from their loved ones, from…

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Hiking Safety

Posted November 23, 2015 by Commentary by Tech. Sgt. Lucas Mielke

TUCSON, Ariz.  — With scenic views and an amazing variety of ecosystems within a short walk, Tucson is known for its hiking. As with any recreational activity, there are risks with hiking.  Especially in Tucson, the heat and the terrain can be very unforgiving at times.  Even being prepared with everything going right, accidents can still happen. …

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A modern military marriage

Posted April 7, 2017 by by Senior Airman Samantha Salopek

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, California­ — Six years and four months ago I married my husband. I was 19 years old and completely ignorant to the commitment I’d just made. Dual military marriages make up a little more than 11 percent of the Air Force population, and like many dual couples, we were stationed apart….

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Improving relations between subordinates and leadership

Posted December 7, 2015 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Jason Hokaj

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Commanders intent is a doctrinal term used in planning combat missions to communicate a desired end-state to subordinates. It describes a goal, timeline, and includes an acceptable level of risk. It is purposely vague in how to reach the goal. This is so subordinates can infuse their own expertise and information…

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Triple Threat

Posted February 11, 2016 by Commentary by Capt. Kim Dowd

Now I know what you’re thinking, and no, we’re not talking about singing, dancing, and acting. What we’re talking about is the danger of energy drinks in addition to sauna or steam room use before physical activity. Some believe the use of a sauna or steam room prior to a physical fitness test can help…

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From active duty to Citizen Airman: Serving homeland and community

Posted December 16, 2015 by Commentary by Capt. Logan Clark

TUCSON, Ariz. — If joining the Armed Forces is a sign of a love for country, joining the National Guard might be a sign of devotion to the community. Life is unpredictable. I began my officer commissioning program believing I was going to be a research scientist. Priorities change and goals shift. I found myself passionate about…

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Point of finger pointing moot — everyone’s doing it

Posted November 4, 2016 by by Lisa Smith Molinari

Ironically, one of our smallest, weakest body parts — the finger — often wields the most power. That one diminutive digit can instill fear, anxiety, surprise, guilt or joy. Fingers identify winners, fingers pull triggers, and fingers place blame. If I only had a dollar for every time my father pointed a calloused finger in…

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The Courage to Continue

Posted January 13, 2016 by Commentary by Ch. (Lt. Col.) Dwayne A. Jones

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Every Airman has a story, what is your story? Some stories are so compelling and powerful they can change your life. Maybe your story and life experiences can change someone else’s life. On Jan. 21, 2016, Nellis Air Force Base is sponsoring a Storytellers event where you can hear real Airmen…

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