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

Posted June 14, 2013 by

- A sense of purpose can overcome adversity. The Hanoi Hilton inflicted terrible suffering on hundreds.  But from the ashes of POWs came 16 general officers, six admirals, two ambassadors, two college presidents, two U.S. Senators, one U.S. Representative, 3 MDs and many other CEOs and leaders.   Through our prayers — an opportunity to…

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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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Avoiding burn out on the job

Posted June 7, 2013 by Capt. Julia Vanover

Feeling overwhelmed, weary, or even beyond caring about work anymore? Burn out is a common problem with severe outcomes if not addressed. We can rapidly get stuck and accept misery. We’ll think, “What good will happen even if I try”. Many leaders are unaware of the immense impact burn out has on employees and the…

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

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- Rules do matter but they can’t change the heart.  You can regulate (or force) someone to be nice but you will never really know why they are being nice and if the niceness will even last.  A changed heart will always fulfill the intent of the rules and endure over time.   Through our…

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Ordering monkey food

Posted May 31, 2013 by Jenna Fletcher

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps A monkey looks out of a cage at Ekotepe Organic Farm near Adana, Turkey. A variety of animals reside at the farm including peacocks, chicken, sheep and horses. Several years ago, I had the opportunity to attend an Office Personnel Management leadership academy. During three weeks…

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Memorial Day a time to reflect on service and sacrifice

Posted May 24, 2013 by Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger

Throughout my Air Force career, I’ve often reflected on what it means to serve. I’m proud of the work we do and the sacrifices we make every day so all Americans can continue to enjoy our many freedoms. However, each Memorial Day I am sharply reminded of just how great the sacrifice is for some….

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Edwards Critical Days of Summer campaign launches this weekend

Posted May 24, 2013 by Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer

Team, We are approaching the Memorial Day weekend and this year’s Critical Days of Summer campaign. We’ve worked hard this year and you all deserve some relaxation with your friends and families. I just ask you to keep safety in mind when you enjoy recreational activities or as you travel to†and from your destinations. When…

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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 – New research has found that the skills to succeed in life have less to do with how smart you are than with more ordinary personality traits, like an ability to stay focused and control impulses.  Character does matter.  (Paul Tough,…

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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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Never walk past a problem

Posted May 17, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. Robert Mueller

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash.†-†Sometimes the lessons we learn as children prove helpful to our careers. My dad worked for a Fortune 100 company for many years. One day he told me how dozens of the company’s leadership had been fired because a low level employee sent a personal email using a company computer. His…

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