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RUfit? Thriving outside the biodome

Posted February 20, 2015 by Senior Airman Erin O'Shea

Staying fit, sharpening our knowledge about suicide and building resiliency are all hot topics in today's Air Force. As all of these elements are crucial, resiliency encompasses almost everything that weighs heavy in our day-to-day missions.

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Everyone can be great

Posted February 20, 2015 by Col. Michael L.A. Jackson

A few weeks ago, a football player for the Dallas Cowboys was asked what he’d like from the playoff game home crowd. The player, J.J. Wilcox, responded, “Just be great.” For some reason, that phrase stuck in my mind, and it continued to nag me. Then, I realized why.  One of my foundational beliefs is…

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

Posted February 20, 2015 by

– An article in the Atlantic Monthly asked the readers to think about things that lead them astray.  If we put it in religious categories, the things that typically lead us astray are: lust, fear, vanity, gluttony.  They are in the words of the author, “the fulfillment of momentary and passing desires.” Why are we…

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Air Force medicine: A vision for future

Posted February 13, 2015 by Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Thomas W. Travis

The United States Air Force’s core missions are air and space superiority, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, rapid global mobility, global strike, and command and control. These are almost identical (but in different terms) to the missions the U.S. Air Force had in 1947. But we now do these missions in three domains: Air, Space and…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted February 13, 2015 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Last year, long longtime partners Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie married.  For years they pointed out that their relationship didn’t need to be solemnized in a ceremony.  Yet once married they made the following statements: “It does feel different. It…

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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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