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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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Taking charge of your future

Posted April 5, 2013 by by Col. Shawn Teagan

Who is in charge of where your life is headed? Is it you, someone else or no one? If “you” is not the answer, read on. Setting goals is a lesson I learned from my parents early in life. I quickly found that I like having control of my future. At first the goals were…

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Resilience, excellence in all you do!

Posted March 29, 2013 by Nancy Koch-Castillo

Shona Wood has presently worked at Edwards Air Force Base for the last 12 years as a dental technician and the 412th Test Wing plans management analyst. She was also recently selected to be an installation master resilience trainer. Members considered as MRTs should already demonstrate a high degree of personal resilience. Master Resilience Trainers,…

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Eye contact one way to communicate with Airmen

Posted March 29, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. Troy Miller

It’s often been stated by United States Air Force leaders that the mission comes first or it’s for the best interest of the Air Force. With that said, I would argue that if we expect the mission to come first and if it’s truly in the best interest of the Air Force, we need to…

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The bad guy

Posted March 22, 2013 by Maj. John Groff

Who likes to be the bad guy? Do you? How many of you like to tell someone that they need a haircut or to stop chewing tobacco outside a tobacco-use area? No one likes to be the bad guy; no one likes to correct someone doing something wrong. Is it because of the confrontation or…

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Lemonade and boxing: two approaches to tough times

Posted March 22, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. Richard Parsons

We have all heard the old adage, “when life serves you lemons, make lemonade.” While this is easier said than done, it is sometimes the best approach. We face very difficult times, and I am not here to debate how we got here or even the best approach to getting out of the situation. We…

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My educational journey: Education is power!

Posted March 15, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Nellie Black

Education is power! I now understand this statement because I’ve empowered myself with education. My struggle with school began early compared to my peers. My mother’s limited education impacted my academic growth; however, I eventually became a first-generation college graduate. As a young child, I never cared for school – my teachers merely provided childcare…

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