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Keeping family bond throughout deployment

Posted March 7, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. Colleen Urban

SOUTHWEST ASIA †-†Deployments are different after you have a child. I just never realized how different deployments would be once I became a parent. This deployment I am a mother. Sometimes I wonder how a mother could leave her 1-year-old baby like I have done, as if I am abandoning my child in some way,…

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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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New paradigm aims to ‘zeroize’ sexual assault

Posted August 28, 2014 by Lt. Col. Jeff Geraghty

Why does the U.S. Air Force need a Sexual Assault Awareness Month? Is it really a problem? Isn’t sexual assault more prevalent outside the military? Where do these statistics come from anyway? Is it realistic to aim for zero assaults? Thankfully, these outrageous questions represent the vestiges of a retreating mindset. A new paradigm aims…

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My educational journey: How could I say no?

Posted August 24, 2012 by Chief Master Sgt. David E. Huerd

I joined the military when the Iron Curtain was still up. My plan was to serve my country abroad and get an education. My first duty station was Templehof Central Airport, Berlin, Germany. I initially focused on getting through my first standardization evaluation and completing my Career Development Courses. Once those were completed, the thought…

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Three simple questions

Posted November 16, 2012 by Col. Charles Arnold

Approximately 16 years ago, I was lucky enough to serve as the wing executive officer at MacDill Air Force Base under then Brig. Gen. John Becker, who later retired as a major general. Becker was a dedicated, professional, charismatic leader and mentor who had an enduring impact on his young and impressionable exec (that would…

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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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Leading change

Posted July 12, 2013 by Lt. Colonel Rodney Jorstad

How many times have you been waiting in a line for service wondering why something takes so long when it seems like it should be an easy process? Or worse, you waited in line and finally get to the customer service representative and find out you are missing a document and must come back later?…

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Nieves Camacho
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To serve with honor

Posted October 11, 2013 by Airman 1st Class John Nieves Camacho

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Nieves Camacho Airman 1st Class John Nieves Camacho, 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, recently completed a three-month commitment to the 4th FW Honor Guard. Honor guardsmen primarily perform military honors at official base functions and Service memberís funerals. “FIRING PARTY! TENCH HUT! READUP HACE! … Not quite…

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Building a caring community

Posted January 17, 2014 by Nancy Koch-Castillo and Edwards Helping Agencies

As we sat there in the Justin Room on Dec. 30 at 1 p.m., preparing to brief the last Community Action Information Board for 2013 to base leaders, Col. Daniel Daetz, 412th Test Wing vice commander, began the discussion by asking a question, “What do you like about Edwards?” One individual answered the beautiful sunsets,…

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The Emotionless Leader: trusted, respected by Airmen

Posted April 11, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Brown

“I don’t want to hurt her career …” “He’s the best NCO I’ve got. I don’t want to see him lose a stripe …” How many times have you heard someone in a leadership position make statements such as these when contemplating disciplinary actions when an Airman or NCO makes a terrible decision? Whether due…

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