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Understanding sergeant’s words: ‘I’ve got your back’

Posted August 7, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Patricia Yelverton

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — Seeing the newly selected staff sergeants recently brought back memories of when I was selected for staff sergeant. Actually, my thoughts went to the night I graduated Airman Leadership School. As I crossed the stage after receiving my completion certificate, my co-workers gathered to congratulate me and shake…

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Defining moments

Posted February 19, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Angela Blue 

The word character has many meanings according to the dictionary…a feature or trait characteristic, moral or ethical quality, qualities of honesty, courage, and to no surprise….integrity. Since it has so many different meanings, it can be made to adapt to so many different types of people. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather…

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Credit: (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Siuta B. Ika)
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Youth programs combat negative influences

Posted August 16, 2012 by Commentary by Kimberly Gilman

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — If you have children, especially teenagers, you already know the harrowing statistics that illustrate the dangers they face in the world today.

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths)
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Resiliency combats challenges

Posted March 14, 2013 by Commentary by Retired Chief Master Sergeant Vincent L. Howard

The challenges faced by Airmen are many. Beyond the immediate physical threats generated by deployments, our Airmen must deal with the mental and social effects of being in a high-intensity, stressful and dangerous environment, sometimes for months at a time. These same deployments often force spouses to become “single parents,” due to the myriad of…

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Running for others

Posted September 19, 2013 by Commentary by Master Sgt. C. A. Campbell

SOUTHWEST ASIA — In the words of Vince Lombardi “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” I used to run for myself, I loved running and everything about it. However, with time comes change, and instead I now…

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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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Resiliency: Does your mind run your body?

Posted October 2, 2014 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Matthew Husemann

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. — “Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up… but the body is never tired if the mind…

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Honoring our heroes

Posted May 24, 2012 by Commentary by Maj. Gen. Darren W. McDew

In the National Capital Region, you do not have to look far to find monuments honoring our heroic Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who have paid the ultimate price in defense of our great Nation. This weekend, Americans will visit the memorials and cemeteries in Washington D.C. and throughout the U.S. as well…

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(U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Senior Airman Kasey Close)
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How we look in uniform can make a difference

Posted October 4, 2012 by Commentary by Senior Airman Kasey Close

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — It’s said that “a picture is worth a 1,000 words,” but what is said when a military member is wearing his uniform wrong or looks unprofessional…

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Wearing leadership

Posted May 16, 2013 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — “Six-thirty-third Air Base Wing Public Affairs, Senior Airman – I mean, Staff Sgt. Denton speaking.” It happened again and again without fail. I had to correct myself every time I answered my office phone. It was more than a little frustrating. However, as unnerving as it was, my mistake also made me…

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