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This Memorial Day, honor those who gave all

Posted May 21, 2015 by Aerotech News and Review staff

With all the excitement of warmer weather and fun in the sun that come with Memorial Day, the true meaning of the day is often over looked. Memorial Day is about remembering the ultimate sacrifice of our fallen servicemembers.

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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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Request an absentee ballot today

Posted October 11, 2012 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, members of this country will flock to polling places around the country. Voters of all races, political parties, and demographics will actively participate in the selection of the next president of the United States. We, as service men and women, must vote in our official “state of residence.” Most of us,…

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Memorial Day — More than just a day off from work

Posted May 24, 2013 by Kevin Rieders

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany  — Memorial Day is a young holiday, peculiarly observed. If you have not served on a detail, volunteered for Honor Guard, or flown a missing man formation over a military ceremony on Memorial Day, you may primarily associate this holiday with the running the Indianapolis 500, the beginning of our 101 Critical…

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ALS: A journey to becoming a successful leader

Posted November 21, 2013 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant

I was once told that a true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. I…

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Air Force Core Values: In times of transition

Posted June 26, 2014 by Major John Stiles

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Throughout the years plenty has been written about the Air Force Core Values. The values of Integrity, Service and Excellence are the cornerstones of who we are as Airmen on and off duty. Living up to these values when times are good is easy, but it’s when we’re going…

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Asking for help is sign of strength not weakness

Posted December 11, 2014 by Maj. Gen. Mark Brown and Master Sgt. Derik New

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Growing up I was a big fan of Muhammad Ali. He was the world heavyweight boxing champion and unashamedly referred to himself as “The Greatest.” I vividly remember a reporter asking Ali, “When did you know that you were ‘The Greatest?’” Before Ali could answer, the reporter offered, “Perhaps it was…

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AF promotion system: How do you stack up?

Posted July 30, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Nick Ledesma

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — With upcoming changes to the enlisted performance report and Air Force promotion system, it’s important to understand how you stack up against your peers, not only within your job, but within your unit as well. The days of receiving time in grade and time in service points are numbered. They are…

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Standards and Accountability – Who are you going to be today?

Posted July 12, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Alexander Gordon

How you answer this one simple question can determine the course of your entire day. You see, who we are is not determined by what happens to us but rather in how we respond to what has happened. Therefore, we have the ability to determine who we are going to be every day. We are…

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Pay yourself first

Posted January 31, 2013 by Commentary by Maj. Austin Hood

THULE AIR BASE, Greenland (AFNS) — My grandparents used to say to me, “Pay yourself first.” Being only 10 years old at the time, I’d shrug my shoulders, give them my best thanks-for-the-advice look and say “OK.” But deep down inside, I didn’t really know what they meant. After all, I was just a kid…

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