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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted May 24, 2013 by

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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What do you mean, ‘Back to basics?

Posted August 30, 2013 by Lt. Col. David Fazenbaker

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Last September, in his first speech as the Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III advocated a back-to-basics approach for the Air Force. He noted that the missions of the Air Force have not changed over time, but rather, the terms by which we identify the missions…

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I’m not alone

Posted December 6, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Bass

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C.†-†Toughen up, develop a thick skin, don’t let people see that you’re hurting; I’ve heard these phrases my entire life, from parents, coaches, family members, friends, and supervisors. The result, I hurt; but I don’t show it. I know that I’m not alone either, now I’m going to show my hurt….

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted February 28, 2014 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Fear can cripple us and cause us to miss out on important events in life. But fear (or a sense of awe) can also be beneficial.  One author stated it this way, “When we go to places like Glacier Point…

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Memorial Day: A new Airmanís perspective

Posted May 23, 2014 by 2nd Lt. Elias Small

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -†As a newly minted second lieutenant, May 26 will mark my first Memorial Day in uniform. I may still be sporting butter bars, but my recent transition into military life has already offered a new perspective on the holiday. The last Monday of May is reserved to celebrate our most…

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15 seconds: A rude awakening

Posted August 15, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Cliffton Dolezal

U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter Airmen and their families hit the road every summer to travel and enjoy a little relaxation. When making travel arrangements that involve driving long distances, be sure to get enough rest the night before and take breaks as needed. LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark….

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STEM: Necessary but not sufficient

Posted November 21, 2014 by Dr. Jim Solti Chief Scientist

I was an active-duty Airman for 15 years before realizing my gut was as valuable as my mind; my intuition as useful as scientific analyses; and my agility, creativity and innovation honed the decision-making necessary to function in complex environments. A scientist by nature and education, I failed to realize the importance of humanities in…

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Competition: Securing Americans value and efficiency

Posted July 20, 2012 by by Jamie Morin

The White House continues to challenge federal employees to identify areas where we can save scarce taxpayer dollars while improving the...

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Air Force leaders issue Veterans Day message

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Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy send the following Veterans Day message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force: “Our Air Force’s success is founded in the sacrifice of generations who served before….

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When did your leadership light bulb come on?

Posted March 8, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. David Dock

In November 1992, a new chief master sergeant was assigned to my squadron. It caught all of our units’ Airmen by surprise that the new chief decided to move into the office adjacent to the bathrooms when there were much better locations behind “the glass doors.” One early afternoon, I walked into the bathroom and…

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