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Avoiding retreat is cowardly

Posted July 18, 2013 by Commentary by Jo Rowe

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) — It was one of the first beautiful days in a very long while in and around Bolling Air Force Base, District of Columbia. Rain was predicted, but I was hoping it would hold out until I completed the walk to my on-base residence. As I was about to walk out…

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Think before you post

Posted January 30, 2014 by Lt. Col Patricia Tate

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) — Have you ever had one of those days that it seems like you are working harder than your coworkers? You made 100 widgets and your coworker has only made 50. So, what do you do when you perceive the workload as unfair? Do you go home and blast…

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Commentary: Strong followers challenge authority

Posted August 7, 2014 by Lt. Col. Charles Jones

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — It’s not surprising that when I tell subordinates to challenge authority, I often get a look of confusion. Admittedly, this is a step used to provoke thought. Obviously, we don’t need subordinates undermining their leader’s authority. My intent is not to create insubordination — it is to underscore the…

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Never saw this coming: Lessons learned in trying times

Posted March 22, 2012 by Staff

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — I had the world by the tail: U. S. Air Force Academy graduate, Air Force pilot, six-time commander, 30-year Air Force career, and two stars; fit, healthy and strong. But subtle problems appeared out of nowhere: occasional vertigo, mild persistent headaches, cognitive challenges, having to stop during a…

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It takes a village to fight depression in our Air Force

Posted August 23, 2012 by Commentary by Maj. Rene Saenz

We believe as Airmen that we belong to the greatest service and institution in the world. This is ingrained in us from the time we take the oath and every day thereafter, until we separate or retire. Time after time we understand and accept the challenge that there is a very small margin for error….

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Who, what do you serve?

Posted March 22, 2013 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — How many articles are there in the Constitution of the United States of America? How many times has the Constitution been amended? Why do we have an Air Force when only an Army and Navy are specifically mentioned in the Constitution? If you do not know the answer to…

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Dagger Point: A First Sergeant’s point of view

Posted September 26, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant

Master Sgt. Angela Womack is the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) First Sergeant. She began her 18-year career as an Aerospace Medical Technician. In addition to holding a variety of positions in the medical career field, she has also served as the Professional Military Education Instructor for Airman Leadership School and the Family Readiness…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Reel)
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The last bite

Posted March 20, 2014 by Commentary by Senior Airman Christopher Reel

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Shake, take, salute and pose for a photo–Tyndall’s 2014 March Enlisted Promotion Ceremony was carrying on as usual. I raised my camera, waited for the grip and grin moment and then took the photo of family members tacking on the member’s stripes. As I raised my camera, getting ready for the…

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A service-before-self mentality

Posted October 9, 2014 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Tyrone Davis

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Do you have a service-before-self mentality? Do you take advantage of leadership opportunities? If you were nominated for a Developmental Special Duty, how would you respond if it was in a role you felt uncomfortable with? Would you volunteer to go on a deployment today if the opportunity presented itself? Back…

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Fallen Airman remembered on anniversary of death

Posted May 24, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. John Neeley

Four years ago, following an honorable career as an Air Force Master Sergeant, the Davis-Monthan AFB and Air Force Communities lost one of its retired defenders. On June 1, 2008 in Tucson, Ariz., an armed man fired a rifle into the homes of two of his neighbors and fled as the first responding Pima County…

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