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Difficult force shaping calls made tougher by undeserved ‘Firewall 5s’

Posted June 20, 2014 by Master Sgt. Ethan Peters

LAJES FIELD, Azores -†I was not a very good Airman in the early days of my Air Force career. I was passably good at my job and very bad at the Air Force. Here is an actual quote from one of my early Enlisted Performance Reports, “Improved responsibility in off-duty affairs would quickly set this…

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SAPR Stand-Down Day feedback

Posted June 20, 2014 by Kimberly Shirley

June 14, Team Edwards held its Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Stand-Down Day. We trained 130-plus facilitators to help guide discussions on identifying offenders of sexual assault to educate and bring awareness that offenders can look like you and I, and if given the right environment, they can work amongst us and do harm to…

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

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- Toleration seems to be at the forefront of every argument and hot topic in our culture today. We demand toleration on every issue under the sun. But toleration costs nothing to the person making the demand. It is built upon thoughts and philosophies and not relationships. And everyone knows relationships are messy and uncontrollable. However…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty Chevalier
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Drunk driving: What does it take?

Posted June 13, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Steve Stanley

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty Chevalier A car sits in the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadrons parking lot to represent a drunk driving accident at July 15, 2013, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. – What will it take? What sort of cost? A monetary or personal…

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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 – We all have our “idols”.  Although most of us don’t possess tiny figurines, we do track the whereabouts of famous people and read every piece of juicy gossip about their lives. We also think and dream about owning the latest…

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Know it when it counts

Posted June 6, 2014 by Senior Airman Peter Thompson

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - For the three years I’ve been in the Air Force, I’ve experienced more training then anyone would like. I’ve always questioned why the Air Force insists we be branded with the same information during training over and over. Personally, I thought Self-Aid Buddy Care was one of the least useful to…

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Thank you, for now

Posted June 6, 2014 by Maj. Jeremiah Hammill

THULE AIR BASE, Greenland – Capt. Thomas Hammill was a Green Beret who served in Vietnam and Cambodia. I knew him as an uncle and hero; however, society had a different perception of him and the rest of the men and women who fought in Vietnam. Vietnam veterans returned to America and found protests, hate…

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It’s About the Fairness of the Process

Posted June 6, 2014 by Col. Michael G. Vecera

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany†-†Occasionally, folks around the base will ask me after a court-martial, “What do you think about the result?” The question comes up more often when the accused member is acquitted or when the punishment appears to be somewhat lenient. This occasionally causes me to scratch my head a bit. The apparent implication…

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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 – What is it about patience that we love in others but hate for ourselves? Maybe because we know it is a discipline that is greatly admired but rarely practiced. Whether it is at the checkout line at the store or…

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Advice to Airmen from your Desert Diamonds: 101 Critical Days of Summer

Posted May 30, 2014 by Master Sgt. Eric Jackson

It is your Airman…Big “A” As leaders, we need to take responsibility for everything that happens or fails to happen in our organization; set the tone. Let your personnel know that risk management is needed not just on the job, but in each of our everyday lives, especially during summer when many of us participate…

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