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Leaders should walk and talk instead of click and send

Posted April 19, 2012 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Harold L. Hutchison

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFNS) — Recently, I received and reviewed, with great concern, the alarmingly high Air Force suicide rates for fiscal 2012. As of March 27 we have had 30 suicides for the year compared to 23 at this same time last year. You may be thinking, “Chief, why are you telling…

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My job is prosecuting sexual assault

Posted August 29, 2012 by Commentary by Col. Don M. Christensen

Here’s a simple truth…sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are “blue on blue,” or Airmen victimizing other Airmen. So in addition to rejecting our core values, these undisciplined Airmen reject the Wingman concept that…

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What If

Posted April 5, 2013 by Maj. Aaron Maynard

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — How many of us can truthfully say they don’t have regrets? I’m talking about the times you have asked yourself, what if? What if I had taken those college classes? What if I had worked a little harder toward making rank? What if I had capitalized on an opportunity…

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Combined Federal Campaign: Why I give

Posted October 3, 2013 by Commentary by Tech. Sgt. B. Jones

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — I was sitting in a daze in a cold and uninviting waiting area outside an emergency operating room about one month before my high school graduation in 2005. I listened to the robotic beeps of medical machinery when I realized my life was about to change forever. Earlier that night,…

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Excellence unexpected result of mistakes

Posted May 1, 2014 by Commentary by 1st Lt. Christopher Bennett

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — In our present environment of force shaping actions and an increasing expectation to do more with less, the idea exists that perfection is expected. While excellence remains one of our core values, our heritage is wrought with leaders, who are both men and women, great and small, that questioned the status…

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New EPR challenges status quo

Posted October 16, 2014 by Commentary by Senior Master Sgt. Jason Boyle

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The enlisted performance report is going to drastically change. These changes seek to combat inflated ratings, which have been a prevalent complaint from Airmen over the years. The change is right around the corner and many Airmen are asking themselves, “How will it affect future promotions, and what can I do…

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Memorial Day: More than just a day off from work

Posted May 24, 2012 by Commentary by Kevin Rieders

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) — Memorial Day is a holiday, peculiarly observed. If you have not served on a detail, volunteered for honor guard, or flown a missing man formation over...

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Courage without hesitation

Posted October 25, 2012 by Commentary by Senior Airman William Boss

You are driving east on I-10 towards D-M. The sun is setting, and you are running late. You had to run back home to let your dog back in your house, and you are still competing with the fast moving traffic to get to base. Six cars ahead of your vehicle you see a Ford…

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What’s your Air Force relationship status?

Posted May 30, 2013 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Tamala Hartz

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AFNS) — How are things between you and the Air Force these days? Would you say the two of you are in a committed relationship? Are you happy with the Air Force? Is the Air Force happy with you? Are either of you thinking of ending the relationship? These may sound like…

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A 10 year decision

Posted December 5, 2013 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class C. Massey

When most people decide to join the military, it’s usually right after high school. They don’t seriously consider joining active duty military at 27 years of age. As someone who arrived at basic military training 26 days before his 28th birthday, I know all too well that there are reasons for joining ten years later…

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