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Setting a financial ‘tone from the top’

Posted February 8, 2013 by Maj. Frank T. Skrypak

It has been said that no one can accurately predict where the U.S. military will need to respond next: the workload and requirements are uncertain. Nearly as unpredictable is the future of the nation’s finances. With much talk of the fiscal cliff in the news recently, how quickly can the U.S. economy recover, and what…

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Keeping service in perspective

Posted June 14, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. James Powell

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -†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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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted September 6, 2013 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Baseball coaches want their players to “anticipate” which way the ball is going to fly once it’s been hit.  The anticipation is not a guess, it is a calculated estimate based on practice and experience.  The same type of thinking…

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SLAP your Airmen daily

Posted December 13, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. Lisa Arnold

LAJES FIELD, Azores – Have you ever wanted to SLAP your Airmen? Have you ever wanted to SLAP them in hopes of teaching them a lesson? Have you ever wanted to SLAP them, but feared going to jail? If you answered yes to one or all of these questions, here is a way to accomplish…

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Keeping family bond throughout deployment

Posted March 7, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. Colleen Urban

SOUTHWEST ASIA †-†Deployments are different after you have a child. I just never realized how different deployments would be once I became a parent. This deployment I am a mother. Sometimes I wonder how a mother could leave her 1-year-old baby like I have done, as if I am abandoning my child in some way,…

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This story is about you

Posted June 1, 2012 by by Brian Raphael

“Safety – It’s Personal” is the theme for this year’s Critical Days of Summer safety campaign, which runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. This year’s theme is a reminder that safety is everyone’s responsibility, and the decisions we make impact our friends, families and Air Force community. That’s the message from Maj….

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Three simple questions

Posted November 16, 2012 by Col. Charles Arnold

Approximately 16 years ago, I was lucky enough to serve as the wing executive officer at MacDill Air Force Base under then Brig. Gen. John Becker, who later retired as a major general. Becker was a dedicated, professional, charismatic leader and mentor who had an enduring impact on his young and impressionable exec (that would…

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Eye contact one way to communicate with Airmen

Posted March 29, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. Troy Miller

It’s often been stated by United States Air Force leaders that the mission comes first or it’s for the best interest of the Air Force. With that said, I would argue that if we expect the mission to come first and if it’s truly in the best interest of the Air Force, we need to…

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Leading change

Posted July 12, 2013 by Lt. Colonel Rodney Jorstad

How many times have you been waiting in a line for service wondering why something takes so long when it seems like it should be an easy process? Or worse, you waited in line and finally get to the customer service representative and find out you are missing a document and must come back later?…

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Nieves Camacho
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To serve with honor

Posted October 11, 2013 by Airman 1st Class John Nieves Camacho

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Nieves Camacho Airman 1st Class John Nieves Camacho, 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, recently completed a three-month commitment to the 4th FW Honor Guard. Honor guardsmen primarily perform military honors at official base functions and Service memberís funerals. “FIRING PARTY! TENCH HUT! READUP HACE! … Not quite…

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