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Filling squares

Posted June 21, 2013 by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent Miller

As Airmen, we are more than familiar with the need to fill the proverbial squares as we strive to progress in our military career. To be competitive for awards and promotions, we must commit ourselves to goals such as education, passing the fitness exam, and community service. It is through completion of these expectations and…

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Combating stress

Posted June 21, 2013 by Lt. Col. Paul Tombarge

Stress. The Oxford dictionary defines stress as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” We’ve all experienced it; some more than others. With the continuing budget shortfalls, uncertainty of sequestration furloughs, a pending compliance inspection and the upcoming summer move cycle, many of us are feeling…

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Why enforce the standards

Posted June 14, 2013 by Master Sgt. Vincent Brass

KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea -†In the military we constantly refer to “the standard.” Most standards are developed within Air Force instructions or technical orders.†They are what sets us apart from our civilian counterparts. Webster’s dictionary defines a standard as “something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model, or example.” We weigh…

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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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