Commentary

A puzzle called ‘me’

Posted January 8, 2016 by Senior Airman Shane Mitchell

U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Shane Mitchell MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho–It was early October when I entered the waiting room, and I wasn’t in the best of moods. The past two months had been the worst of my life; I made some very poor decisions and my personal, financial and professional…

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My oath of enlistment

Posted February 12, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Hughes

McCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.–I have been asked many times throughout my career why I joined the military. I typically answer, “For fortune and glory, isn’t that why everyone joined?” My response usually gets a little chuckle, which lasts long enough for me to change the subject. I change the subject because I don’t believe…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted November 13, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community The late Chuck Colson was known as President Nixon’s “hatchet man” and served time in prison for his failures. He is now better known for his work with prison ministry and worldview thinking. He used to ask four “ultimate” or “worldview”…

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Adapt and overcome

Posted April 15, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer

PEORIA, Ill.–My firstborn child recently turned 2 months old. Amidst the irresistible joy of having a new little buddy, I look back over these last eight weeks and wonder how my spouse and I survived. I am a writer, but there are no words I can find adequate enough to describe the terror of sleeplessness…

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You can go far with Air Force’s LEAP

Posted March 18, 2016 by Maj. Tomoyuki Ono

As a member of the Language Enabled Airmen Program, I had the opportunity to support the first-ever Pacific Partner Nation Silver Flag exercise at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, last month as part of a two-week TDY.

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The 2016 election year is here

Posted February 5, 2016 by Kenji Thuloweit

Donald Trump vs. Ted Cruz! Marco Rubio vs. Jeb Bush! Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders and, you know, that other guy! Forget the Super Bowl for a second, we’re about to see the Super Bowl of election years! I can’t remember an election season with so many televised debates and candidates. The drama, the excitement,…

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AFMC promotes avoiding job burnout awareness

Posted September 29, 2017 by Greg Chadwick

During the fall months, Air Force Materiel Command will promote its Avoiding Job Burnout Awareness Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to inform the AFMC workforce about how to avoid job burnout, and what you can do when your job begins to affect your health and happiness. Even if you love your job, it’s…

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To be a better Airman, be a brave lobster

Posted March 25, 2016 by Master Sgt. Brian Jennings

While on the Internet recently, I came across two videos I think illustrate important lessons for every Airman.  The first video was of a speech by Dr. Ken Robinson. Robinson, an educator and author, told this great story about his son’s school nativity. Most of us are familiar with the nativity and the wise men…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted December 11, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Jason Knudeson

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community In the small book entitled “Ruth” in the Hebrew scriptures we can read about how an “outsider” and “foreigner” is welcomed into a new community of faith. This great story is a powerful reminder that God is not confined to a…

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Innovation: Never stop improving

Posted October 23, 2015 by Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station commander

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo.–“Another article on innovation?” you say. I don’t have to tell you that there are more challenges across the Air Force than any time that I can recall: manning reductions, reduced budgets, infrastructure we can no longer afford, new requirements; response to advanced cyber threats, and the cherry on top,…

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