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Recipe for leadership? Be best you can be

Posted February 13, 2014 by Commentary by Senior Master Sgt. Donald Stroud

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Is there a special recipe for leadership? In today’s Air Force we struggle trying to find that special recipe to get our teams to perform at their top levels of efficiency. As technology catapults us into the future and new leadership philosophies develop through the halls of Harvard and Stanford, we…

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The JAG Corps announces law school programs: FLEP, ELP

Posted August 28, 2014 by Commentary by Judge Advocate

Applications for the Funded Legal Education Program and Excess Leave Program are being accepted from Jan. 1 through March 1, 2015.  Interested officers are encouraged to compete. The number of FLEP and ELP applicants selected n any academic year is determined based on the needs of the Air Force. “Our Air Force missions are constantly…

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Time to change our EPR culture

Posted April 26, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Lee Hoover

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFNS) — The second I pinned on staff sergeant I knew I could do it. I could be the NCO the Air Force wanted me to be. I could write fair enlisted performance reports and prove the naysayers in airman leadership school wrong. Sure, what we learned might “not be the…

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Federal employees reminded to maintain professionalism with contractors

Posted September 6, 2012 by Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Litchfield

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — It takes integrity to run a world-class business. As the new Air Force Sustainment Center commander, I’m challenging our personnel to strive for world-class results. I want to improve our business and give our warfighter the best product with the highest quality, on time and on cost. In this…

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If it isn’t you, it’s the person next to you

Posted April 12, 2013 by Senior Airman Kelly Galloway

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. (AFNS) — “Hey sexy… you single?” I turned to see a fellow Airman in training; standing about 5 foot 8 inches tall, dark hair and eyes. Over the next four months, I heard this fellow classmate repeat the same line more than a couple dozen times. It wasn’t just me he had an eye…

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To serve with honor

Posted October 10, 2013 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class John Nieves Camacho

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — “FIRING PARTY! TENCH HUT! READUP HACE! … Not quite up to par. Start over.” That was about the tempo of my first week assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing Base Honor Guard. Welcome to the life of the new guy. I remember stepping through the front door of the honor…

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Today’s MTIs, through the eyes of an old airman

Posted May 1, 2014 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — I normally don’t jump into the fray of Internet social commentary, but as Air Education and Training Command’s senior enlisted airman, I felt compelled after seeing many readers’ comments stemming from a March 31 news article on the court-martial of a former military training instructor. The article highlighted the former MTI’s…

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OPSEC: Everyone’s responsibility

Posted October 16, 2014 by Commentary by Dennis Morris

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Everyone who’s been around the military has heard the term Operations Security, or OPSEC, but do they really know what it means? Many people think OPSEC is all about classified information, when the opposite is true; OPSEC targets critical and sensitive unclassified information. OPSEC is a fundamental principle of the Air…

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The weight loss ‘secret’

Posted June 1, 2012 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Anthony Bankes

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. (AFNS) — Two controversial topics that often dominate the headlines in our country are obesity and weight loss. We are bombarded day and night with advertisements for weight loss pills, diets and workout contraptions. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 34 percent of American adults 20 years and…

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Commentary: Thankfulness and an oak tree

Posted November 21, 2012 by Commentary by Senior Airman Jarad A. Denton

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — What are you thankful for? The question followed me the entire, extended weekend, as I struggled to write this article. It followed me as I made my way through the historic sites of Virginia. The air was unseasonably warm for November, as I walked through the remnants of Jamestown, Va….

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