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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

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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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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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Standards? What standards?

Posted October 19, 2012 by by Chief Master Sgt. Phillip Robinson

Recently, I was asked the difference between a good NCO and a great NCO. Well, I answered the question as best I could, but failed to mention “standards.” You see, a good NCO sets his sights on just meeting standards, while a great NCO is continually trying to exceed standards and motivates his Airmen to…

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Legal Assistance Tip: Stop fraud

Posted January 11, 2013 by Capt. Thomas Colby

Your base legal office welcomes everyone back from the holidays. While the holidays are hopefully a happy time for you and your loved ones, they are also a time when many people fall victim to financial fraud. Financial fraud takes many forms including mortgage scams, security frauds, Ponzi schemes, predatory lending, credit card scams and…

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When did you learn your core values?

Posted May 17, 2013 by Col. Elizabeth Decker

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.†-†Next month will mark my 24th year in the Air Force and this has given me reason to pause and reflect on my time in uniform. Many things have changed since I graduated college and took my oath to support and defend. Uniforms have gone through several iterations during that time….

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Smith magazine developed a series of competitions that challenged people to write six word memoirs.  One theme was love and marriage.  Here are two examples: “Found true love, married someone else” and “Not always perfect, but so worthwhile”.  What about…

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‘Tis the season to be impulsive

Posted November 22, 2013 by Jeanne Morrow

The Winter Holidays are a time of festivities, food, friends, and family. They are also a time when we allow ourselves to be excessive with the quick rationalization of “It’s the holidays!” Or, “It’s only once a year!” Or, “I’ll worry about it later!” The problem with that logic is that this excessive, impulsive behavior…

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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – This Friday we celebrate St. Valentine’s Day. Although commercialism dominates the celebration, there is a historical background to the day that can benefit us. The holiday is named after Valentinus, a third century Roman who was imprisoned for performing “illegal” weddings for…

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