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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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Diversity: The Policy, the patriot and the fight

Posted June 18, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Blake

  OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — Diversity comes in all forms and effects everyone differently. For one 49th Intelligence Squadron reservist, it was his sexuality. “While I wouldn’t identify as bisexual, I never really made a distinction between genders, colors, races…anything,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Eric Velander. “I always knew connections instead of genders…

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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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Chief Master Sgt. Dawna M. Cnota bids farewell

Posted July 10, 2014 by

Letter to My Airmen The time has come for me to hang up my uniform after 28 years of service.  Many emotions have competed for attention since I made this decision earlier this year.  There is pride, for the honorable service I’ve given; regret, on some days, that I can’t stay longer; and excitement for…

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Chaplains help build relationships

Posted January 8, 2015 by Commentary by Chaplain (Capt.) Jason Klodnicki

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Relationships come and go — personal and professional — yet some of them are too precious, or important, and are worth fighting for when the going gets rough. Many people come to military chaplains with their pains, worries and hardships. “I feel misunderstood.” “My best friend and I just don’t…

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Chief’s Perspective: Analog leadership in digital times

Posted July 19, 2012 by Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Roy

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The United States Air Force is the world’s most advanced air, space and cyberspace force. Most of that can be attributed to you — our outstanding Airmen — but technology also…

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Act like a Superhero

Posted February 14, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. Brian Bischoff

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNS) — I was recently picking up a few items at a local retail chain at lunchtime; everywhere I walked, someone wanted to shake my hand or say, “Thank you for your service.” It made me proud to be wearing the uniform of the U.S. Air Force. While waiting…

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