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CMSAF Letter to Airmen – Developmental special duties

Posted July 19, 2013 by James A. Cody

Fellow Airmen, Much has happened over the past 5 1/2 months since I’ve taken the reigns as your Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. We’ve faced and will continue to face some very significant challenges, none the less each of you continue to do amazing things day in and out to accomplish the mission…

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Thin line

Posted October 18, 2013 by Jen Housholder

Courtesy photograph Army Chief Warrant Officer Two Jen Housholder stands in front of a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. Housholder works as an engineer in the 775th Test Squadron along with serving in the Army Reserve. Just months before leaving for my second deployment with the Army in 2008 as a UH-60 pilot, I reached the peak…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted January 24, 2014 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Difficult times have a way of refining our lives. U.S. Navy Capt. Jerry Coffee, a former Navy POW at the Hanoi Hilton made the following statement about the choice to make the most of the infamous prison camp in Vietnam:…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week of 18 Apr

Posted April 18, 2014 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Christians around the world are celebrating Easter or Resurrection Sunday this week. Many have a tradition of wearing new clothes on that day as a way to symbolize the newness of life.  You know how it feels to have a…

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Taking inspiration from our founding fathers

Posted July 3, 2014 by Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger

The Air Force is no stranger to challenging times. That's certainly the case today where, in the current fiscal climate, much is outside of our control and we are faced with a great deal of uncertainty.

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted October 17, 2014 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – By now you have heard of the plight of American pastor Saeed Abedini who is being held in an Iranian prison for his Christian faith.  He recently wrote a letter to his daughter for her eighth birthday.  In it he…

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Maintenance versus repair … of our Airmen

Posted January 16, 2015 by Maj. Cameron Richardson

This commentary is not about aircraft, vehicles, or even any mechanical components. It’s about our Airmen and how we manage their care and development throughout their careers. The maintenance versus†repair concept is borrowed from the maintenance community and speaks to how maintenance managers plan, coordinate and execute scheduled maintenance events. The goal is to maximize…

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Arrive alive!

Posted April 10, 2015 by Master Sgt. Birch Rypka

I have a confession to make. Please don't judge me. I love Airman Leadership School. I love sitting on the First Sergeants Panel, I love going to the mixer. I love the volleyball game (especially when we win!) and I love the graduations. 

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Be proud of your role this Independence Day

Posted July 2, 2015 by Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, starting the colonies on the path to freedom. The next day, John Adams wrote to his wife, describing the time as “the most memorable epoch in the history of America” and saying he was “apt to believe that it will be celebrated by…

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Time to change our EPR culture

Posted April 27, 2012 by by Master Sgt. Lee Hoover

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 way it’s done in the real…

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