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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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Leaders: the good, bad, and forgotten

Posted February 13, 2015 by Col. Sean McKenna

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — It’s been my Air Force experience there are three categories of leaders- the Good, the Bad, and the Forgotten. Everyone reading this probably thinks they’re in the first category, but we know that’s not the case. Airmen who work for you certainly wish that were true, but not every…

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Work Overload! What I learned on the slopes of Aconcagua

Posted May 29, 2015 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Daniel Loveless

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Breathe, breathe, breathe. Step. Breathe, breathe, breathe. Step. It’s about 4 a.m. on a cool February morning, and I’m presently at 19,200 feet on Aconcagua, Argentina, the highest point in the Southern and Western Hemispheres. I’m part of a team of 13 climbers. Today is our summit day. There…

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Air Force everything

Posted January 8, 2016 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Blake

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb.  — On an average day, I eat, sleep and breathe Air Force.  My family is Air Force, my friends are Air Force, my coworkers are Air Force, my spouse is Air Force, I am Air Force. I bet there are a few skeptics out there who would say it’s unhealthy….

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Button your lip! Loose talk can cost lives

Posted April 3, 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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Journey to recovery

Posted July 28, 2016 by Senior Airman Kyle Johnson

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AFNS) —  Then-Tech. Sgt. Janet Lemmons realized she couldn’t breathe in the hospital room. It was as if there wasn’t enough space for her family’s grief and the air collectively. She had to get out. Lemmons stepped into the elevator that would take her someplace where she could breathe, but the…

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Commentary: Changes to the Air Force’s post-partum policies

Posted September 3, 2015 by

UNITED KINGDOM – On July 8, I received an e-mail informing me that I was within 90 days of my deployment window. My first reaction was, “Great, I have to do a ton of CBTs.”[computer-based training]. I quickly realized there was a high probability that in just three months, I would be deploying and miss…

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Stay out of rain; see bigger picture

Posted February 6, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Heather Tufty

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Supervisors, you build and lead teams to the best of your abilities. You hold an umbrella of protection over your people, but what do you do when one of your members runs into the rain via a bad decision? Do you take your protective umbrella from other members to go cover…

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Honest answers to sexual assault myths

Posted May 15, 2015 by Maj. Gen. Gina Grosso

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month comes to a close, I want to take the opportunity to address three persistent myths regarding the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program. These myths include a commander’s ability to start, stop or otherwise hinder a sexual assault investigation; what agencies can…

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Commentary: Tommy got a toy drone for Christmas, what’s next?

Posted January 8, 2016 by Luana Shafer

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah  — The presents have been opened and the wrapping paper placed in the recycling bin. Tommy is anxious to get outside and fly the new “Invader 700” drone, complete with a 10 times zoom digital camera that sends immediate videos to your new iPad. Wow, you can’t wait to get…

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