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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 – Columbus Day is more than an American holiday. In fact, numerous countries celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas because it honors the need for unity.  It is amazing that in the late 1400s, a crew brought…

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Hold the line: Truth is hard to hear, but can set you free

Posted April 13, 2012 by by Chief Master Sgt. Ben Caro

As a master sergeant and the newly appointed squadron superintendent, I felt it was important to provide our unit’s Airmen with an honest assessment of their performance. Seizing an opportunity, I asked a staff sergeant to come by my office for a chat. The staff sergeant was one of our hardest working NCOs and the…

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Did you know?

Posted October 12, 2012 by Chief Master Sgt. Brian Randolph

As the new 412th Test Wing command chief I have been taking time to get to know and talk with you while visiting your units and attending base events. I hope I get a chance to talk with all of you. During my visits I am asked several questions. Some of these questions I can…

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10 ways to dazzle the IG during an inspection

Posted December 21, 2012 by retired Maj. Gen. Mark Zamzow

What you consider as your worst nightmare is coming to fruition: The Inspector General is coming to your unit to conduct a periodic readiness or compliance inspection! Apprehension, worry, fear, anxiety and tension float through the wing like a thick fog as questions arise in everyone’s minds. What will the IG expect of me? What…

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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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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – It is reported that South African golfer Gary Player responded to a critic describing him as “lucky” by saying, “yes, and I’ve noticed that the harder I practice, the luckier I get.”  Our character is formed in the same way….

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

Posted November 8, 2013 by

- Benjamin Franklin stated: “Nothing brings more pain than too much pleasure; nothing more bondage than too much liberty.” Responsibility is not a popular word in our culture but it is a fundamental requirement to living well.  Perhaps we are over-emphasizing the pleasure and liberty part of our lives. Through our prayers – an opportunity…

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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 do you think about on a regular basis? What thoughts keep running over and over in your mind? One psychologist said it this way, “It is the things we revisit that stick with us.  What you think about over…

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Professional Development – It’s Everyone’s Responsibility

Posted May 9, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Thomas B. Mazzone

The U.S. Air Force requires much of us these days, and members of our profession of arms are busy meeting these demands. We must ensure we’re not too busy to ignore our responsibility of continually developing each other. Mentoring, feedback sessions and counseling are all forms of professional development, often leading us to the thought…

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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 – Where do you invest your time?  When you have an extra hour in the day, what is your focus?  If you are like most people, you will put time and energy into things that are more concrete like finishing a…

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