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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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‘Not my problem’ not an option for Airmen

Posted June 7, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Casy Boomershine

You have one last stop before going home from a very long Air Force day. Your goal is simple, to purchase liquid refreshment at the Shoppette and get out as quickly as possible, but then you see it.

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Commentary: My journey back to normal

Posted November 30, 2012 by Master Sgt. Rebecca Corey

Between August 2009 and March 2010, I lost myself during my deployment to Afghanistan. I remember coming off the airplane and seeing my family and knowing that my world would never be the same again. It took me almost 1.5 years to put my life back together. My family and co-workers greeted me coming out…

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Keeping service in perspective

Posted June 13, 2013 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. James Powell

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AFNS) – If you were approached by a co-worker, civilian or family member and asked the question, “Why do you serve?” What would your answer be? How would you internalize what you do for the Air Force to the point where you could answer that seemingly simple question? Over the past several…

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CFC: Supporting those when they’re not “bulletproof”

Posted December 12, 2013 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Donald Bohney

It was 2006 and I was on the tail end of a combat tour in Afghanistan where, over the course of the deployment, I flew combat missions employing the Laser Guided Bombs and 30mm in support of Americans on the ground. With my squadron’s tour at an end, we were at a base in the…

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Who sets the first impression for your unit?

Posted July 26, 2012 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia

Recently, I was at the Tucson International Airport returning home from a TDY when I noticed a very young airman basic; who from all appearances was arriving at his first-duty location. We were both at the luggage claim area at the same time and I took note that he was lugging around basically everything he…

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Everyone needs a hobby

Posted February 21, 2013 by Senior Airman Michael Washburn

Most people have a hobby: painting, stamp collecting and sewing. It’s a way to blow off steam after a long day at work. For Master Sgt. Kevin Wilske, 355th Fighter Wing Plans and Programs superintendent, he enjoys building works of art out of wood. Wilske’s wood working foundation began about two years ago. His hobby…

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“Our” Airman’s Creed

Posted August 15, 2013 by Commentary by Master Sgt. David A. Kolcun

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Gen. T. Michael Moseley, the 18th Chief of Staff of the Air Force, introduced the Airman’s Creed on April 18, 2007. It provides Airmen a tangible statement of beliefs that we cherish. The Airman’s Creed was not created to regain some ideal that was lost or never otherwise identified, rather, it…

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Don’t know what you got (till it’s gone)

Posted February 20, 2014 by Capt. Bret Evans, Jr.

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. (AFNS) — In the fall of 1988, the hair metal band Cinderella delivered to the world a pearl of wisdom beyond their years when they melodically destroyed our eardrums with “Don’t know what you got (till it’s gone).” This power ballad’s intended message refers to the harsh reality lovers…

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Parent of autistic child asks ‘why not?’

Posted May 3, 2012 by Commentary by Jessica Turner

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — I was truly speechless the moment after his delivery. It was within those first 60 seconds when he was placed on my chest that my world completely changed. Children define the phrase “life altering.” They bring love, panic, laughter, tears, distraction, frustration and every stray animal in the neighborhood,…

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