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Thrift Savings Plan: Traditional or Roth, bottom line is saving when it matters most

Posted January 11, 2013 by Desiree N. Palacios

With the current military retirement system, Airmen must serve in the military for 20 years before reaping retirement benefits, unless they are medically retired before hitting that mark.

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Leveraging credit cards to strengthen your credit score

Posted May 10, 2013 by Randy Hopper

A strong credit score can be an integral part of staying financially secure, whatever the economic climate. But for many U.S. servicemembers, determining exactly what has an impact on their score can be a daunting task. One thing is for sure: credit cards can and do impact your credit score – positively or negatively –…

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New truancy law this coming school year

Posted August 9, 2013 by

An absence must be verified within 24 hours of a student’s return to school or it will be entered in the student’s attendance file as a truancy and reported to the attendance supervisor, school administration and county truant officer. A student is also considered truant with a tardy exceeding 30 minutes. If a student has…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

Posted November 15, 2013 by

– Liberty is an essential element of our nation’s heritage and future but it must be handled with a sense of responsibility.  James Madison stated long ago, “Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty as well as the abuses of power.”  Both are evidence of selfishness and are remedied by remembering we are…

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Always an Airman

Posted February 20, 2014 by 1st Lt. David Liapis

Senior Airman Chase Hedrick, 39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, observes his reflection Feb. 3, 2013, at Incirlik Air Base Turkey. Airmen are Airmen whether in uniform or not, and should ensure their conduct always meets and exceeds the standards of the Air Force they represent. INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey-I am an Airman, but…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

Posted May 9, 2014 by

When fear grips our very soul, we are most susceptible to taking things into our own hands (manipulation, control, demanding attitude, etc).  Why is that?  Perhaps we believe that when we control others and/or things, we have gained some sense of control over the uncontrollable.  But the best solution to fear is trust, and it…

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Life is moving, move with it

Posted August 1, 2014 by Senior Airman Jarrod Grammel

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.†-†”You can’t be neutral on a moving train” is a famous quote, and the title of a memoir and documentary about the life of author, historian and activist Howard Zinn. What this means is that things are happening all around us, and everything in life is moving in a certain direction….

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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our communit

Posted November 7, 2014 by

The Economist magazine wrote an article about how to achieve (or not achieve) success.  They recognized that the “biggest threat to their success may lie within. They [the CEOs] need to cultivate the art of seeing themselves as others see them.”  One executive, Kevin Sharer, the former boss of Amgen, a biotech company, kept a…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted February 13, 2015 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Last year, long longtime partners Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie married.  For years they pointed out that their relationship didn’t need to be solemnized in a ceremony.  Yet once married they made the following statements: “It does feel different. It…

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Why I served

Posted May 8, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. Gordon Drake

As my 32 year Air Force career comes to a rapid close I’ve found myself growing increasingly sentimental and reflective. I’ve spent considerable time pondering, savoring and squirreling away the memories of the places I’ve been, the people I’ve worked with and the achievements we’ve made over the past three decades. What was it that…

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