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Defined by actions

Posted August 8, 2013 by Commentary by Chaplain, Lt. Col. David W. Depinho

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — In July of 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed. America had asserted its rights and beliefs, and it was no accident that the Battle of Long Island, NY came immediately on its heels in August. This “first” battle in which an army of the “United States” engaged was to be…

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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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New form second chance to do EPRs right

Posted September 5, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. James Gilmore

Without fail, every time I am around a group of young NCOs, there is one subject guaranteed to come up — the enduring question of “How can I write a stronger EPR for my Airman?” My answer to this question is fairly standard and is one that a chief shared with me many years ago….

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Button your lip! Loose talk can cost lives

Posted April 2, 2015 by Commentary by Dennis Morris

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “Button your lip! Loose talk can cost lives,” was an operations security propaganda phrase used during World War II which still rings true today. It now goes beyond just buttoning your lips to include “zipping up” your social media sites. Safe web-browsing practices and OPSEC awareness are the best mitigation strategies…

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Leadership in today’s dynamic battlespace

Posted May 3, 2012 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Gary Carter

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Leadership is complex in today’s dynamic battlespace. Leaders need to consistently examine their actions and decision making. In addition, a leader needs to be disciplined and efficient in their approach to accomplishing the mission and developing Airmen. Leaders can either create a positive or a negative environment. Throughout my…

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Attacking symptoms of suicide

Posted September 6, 2012 by Commentary by Capt. Scott Taylor

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — As an area defense counsel in the Air Force, it is my job to represent Airmen who get in legal or administrative trouble, and I love my job. I have spent the majority of my legal career as an attorney representing people in trouble, both as a civilian…

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Dagger Point; Brig. Gen. Jacobsen

Posted April 18, 2013 by Senior Airman Camilla Griffin

Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Jacobsen is the commander, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, which is headquartered at Quantico, Va. Jacobsen started his Air Force career in 1980 as a graduate of Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program at Slippery Rock University, Pa. After four years as a missiles launch officer and crew commander…

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Leadership lesson: My biggest mistake as an NCO

Posted October 17, 2013 by Command Chief Master Sgt. David Duncan

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AFNS) — What was the most important leadership lesson you learned during your career? This question has been asked of me quite a few times as I get the awesome opportunity to speak with our Airmen around base. I have been asked this question from such groups as the…

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A chance for me to say thank you

Posted May 8, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Joel Mease

Did you know April was Month of the Military Child? I’ll be honest; it didn’t dawn on me until yesterday. I can understand if you forgot, or didn’t notice. It’s easy, after all, with last-minute taskers, performance reports to write, doing the daily tasks asked of us – a lot of times I think these…

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Air Force Enlisted Village: Not just a place to live, a place to call home

Posted October 23, 2014 by Commentary by Senior Master Sgt. Bill Fortenberry 

I first visited the Air Force Enlisted Village as a young first sergeant in 2009, when I was stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. I went to visit with the Tyndall Active Airmen’s Association, Tyndall’s E-1 to E-4 Professional Association, and was amazed at what I saw. This was also the first time I…

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