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Pre-inspection survey

Posted February 6, 2015 by Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer

As you all know by now, Air Force Materiel Command Inspector Generalwill be conducting a Unit Effectiveness Inspection on our wing this March. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase all the amazing things you do on a daily basis! It is also a way to find out where we can improve as a wing…

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Preparing for a post-AF career with certifications, licenses

Posted February 6, 2015 by Master Sgt. Erik R. Robbins

Active duty service members have a shelf-life when it comes to their careers. The shelf-life time is different for every individual; it could be the length of a single four-year enlistment or a distinguished 30-year career. That is why looking at life after the military when it comes to your career is so important. The…

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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

Posted February 6, 2015 by

- What does it look like to be a “deep” person who changes a culture? In 2009, Jason Brown signed a five-year deal with the St. Louis Rams worth $37.5 million. He then did the unthinkable and walked away from football to become a farmer.  His agent of course thought he was making a huge mistake…

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Overcoming failures

Posted January 30, 2015 by Maj. Eric Tucker

You will fail. The question is, how will you respond? This reminds me of a parable of the carrot, egg and coffee. A senior airman was distraught when he learned he did not make staff sergeant after his first time testing. His staff sergeant supervisor saw a teaching opportunity and the next day he filled…

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Lessons learned in protecting social media accounts

Posted January 30, 2015 by Brig. Gen. Kathleen Cook

On a Saturday afternoon in late November, I was informed about a political remark that appeared on my Director of Public Affairs Twitter feed. A staff member called to ask if I was aware of the re-tweet. At the time, I was on leave, out of the state, tending to my daughter who had had…

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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

Posted January 30, 2015 by

- As stated last week, the Atlantic Monthly ran an article contrasting two sets of virtues: “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues.” The goal of the article was to provide motivation for others in order to create a “counterculture” to our power, wealth and achievement culture. In the author’s words, we need to become people who…

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My journey as a victim advocate

Posted January 23, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Maria Bowman

When I was a teenager, I saw a movie about a college student who was raped by her brother’s fraternity brother at a party. I remember being saddened by what happened to her; not only by the act of sexual assault, but by how the school’s administrators and students treated her when she decided to…

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Lessons learned in protecting social media accounts

Posted January 23, 2015 by Brig. Gen. Kathleen Cook

On a Saturday afternoon in late November, I was informed about a political remark that appeared on my Director of Public Affairs Twitter feed. A staff member called to ask if I was aware of the re-tweet. At the time, I was on leave, out of the state, tending to my daughter who had had…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted January 23, 2015 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – This past year the Atlantic Monthly ran an article contrasting two sets of virtues: “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues.” The article explained that resume virtues are oriented toward “accumulating power, wealth, and professional achievements.” Eulogy virtues on the other hand…

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Maintenance versus repair … of our Airmen

Posted January 16, 2015 by Maj. Cameron Richardson

This commentary is not about aircraft, vehicles, or even any mechanical components. It’s about our Airmen and how we manage their care and development throughout their careers. The maintenance versus†repair concept is borrowed from the maintenance community and speaks to how maintenance managers plan, coordinate and execute scheduled maintenance events. The goal is to maximize…

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