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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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Getting back to basics; Following standards on base

Posted May 10, 2013 by MSgt Christy Anderson

I was in the office and a staff sergeant I work with noticed someone walking across a parking lot to the flight kitchen with no hat and no blouse on. I was shocked at what I saw. So much so, I left the office and went into the flight kitchen to let this person know…

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Leadership not defined by shapes, sizes

Posted May 3, 2013 by Col. Jerry Wizda

Short in stature at 5 feet 4 inches, not particularly handsome, a bookworm and not exactly the life of the party, James Madison does not fit some perceptions of a leader. In today’s world, he probably would have been perceived as a nerd. But, his brilliant mind and leadership skills now have historians re-embracing Madison’s…

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Time is now to donate to AFAF

Posted April 26, 2013 by Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend Brig. Gen. Michael Brewer, commander, 412th Test Wing. This year’s Air Force Assistance Fund campaign is in its final stretch and we’re learning about many of our fellow Airmen who have been helped in the past by our four affiliate charities of the AFAF or know someone who has…

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Using my voice to find my strength

Posted April 26, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Christina M. Styer

U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Christina M. Styer April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. To find an event to participate in contact your local Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. SOUTHWEST ASIA – I felt like everyone knew how stupid I was and because I made bad choices, he got away with it. I…

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Is your security clearance current?

Posted April 26, 2013 by Keenan Williams

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – To support the Air Force’s global mission, you must commit to maintaining your personnel readiness. So, your immunizations are current, you have a solid family care plan in place and your finances are squared away, but are you really prepared to deploy and support the global mission? Have you…

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A chance encounter

Posted April 19, 2013 by Retired Gen. Steve Lorenz

As a leader, you must always be observant of what is going on around you. Literally you need to observe, listen and sense in a 360-degree circle in real time. To truly be effective, you need to have your radar up and running at all times because you never know when you can make a…

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If it isn’t you, it’s the person next to you

Posted April 12, 2013 by SrA. Kelly Galloway

“Hey sexy… you single?” I turned to see a fellow Airman in training; standing about 5 foot 8 inches tall, dark hair and eyes. Over the next four months, I heard this fellow classmate repeat the same line more than a couple dozen times. It wasn’t just me he had an eye for; it was…

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‘Core Values Spotlight’: Integrity

Posted April 5, 2013 by Master Sgt. Brian Potvin

As members of the U.S. Air Force, we have all heard the standard definition of integrity, “doing the right thing even when no one is looking.” Another way to think of integrity, as the famous humorist Will Rogers said, is to “Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your…

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Learning while leading

Posted April 5, 2013 by Lt. Col. Colin Connor

Anger, embarrassment, shame, disgust, disappointment…how do you feel when one of your Airmen makes a mistake? All of these are plausible self-expressions that many of us encounter while admitting to making a mistake. While we all are going to make a mistake either in our personal or professional life, the fix action in many cases…

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