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Hold self to a higher standard in uniform

Posted August 30, 2013 by Lt. Col. Lynn Marshall

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The other day as I was driving home from base, I noticed an individual driving erratically, speeding and running red lights – just an ordinary California driver, right? Sadly, I could clearly see that this individual was wearing an Air Force uniform. This incident made me contemplate a few…

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‘Arm the chute’

Posted August 30, 2013 by Col. Dan Daetz

The following is fictional … but, not far-fetched “Departure, Recover … Controls Release.” The test conductor stared at the telemetry stream while listening for other cues from the pilot through the headset. “30,000 feet,” called the chase pilot, flying in a descending orbit around the test aircraft as it gyrated erratically toward the ground. “Go…

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What do you mean, ‘Back to basics?

Posted August 30, 2013 by Lt. Col. David Fazenbaker

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Last September, in his first speech as the Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III advocated a back-to-basics approach for the Air Force. He noted that the missions of the Air Force have not changed over time, but rather, the terms by which we identify the missions…

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Get to know your Airmen

Posted August 23, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Anthony Hyatt

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C.†-†”It all starts with great NCOs and great supervisors who understand every Airman does have a story,” said the general. A part of taking care of people is knowing their stories. “Learn their stories. I am absolutely convinced that if we knew each other better, we would care for each other more,”…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted August 23, 2013 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community   – Have you ever learned another language only to forget it after a few years of neglect?  Speaking another language fluently takes constant practice. The language of “character” is similar.  Neglect it and your life will be dominated by confusion…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted August 16, 2013 by tomlear

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Valley Forge is known as a dark time for the fledgling Continental Army. The soldiers were battle-weary, without food and clothing, and ready to quit.  Yet after a six-month encampment, the same Army proved itself successful in battle.  A transformation took…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted August 9, 2013 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Smith magazine developed a series of competitions that challenged people to write six word memoirs.  One theme was love and marriage.  Here are two examples: “Found true love, married someone else” and “Not always perfect, but so worthwhile”.  What about…

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New truancy law this coming school year

Posted August 9, 2013 by

An absence must be verified within 24 hours of a student’s return to school or it will be entered in the student’s attendance file as a truancy and reported to the attendance supervisor, school administration and county truant officer. A student is also considered truant with a tardy exceeding 30 minutes. If a student has…

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I am an Air Force first sergeant

Posted August 9, 2013 by Master Sgt. Eric Jackson

“Everyone is My Business” That’s the first sergeant’s creed. That’s what we strive for, each and every single day. There are very few enlisted personnel in our Air Force with more authority, more responsibility and a downright busier day than a first sergeant. My job is people – everyone is my business. I dedicate my…

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Slowest of suicides

Posted August 2, 2013 by Airman Ryan Conroy

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -†I’ve been slowly killing myself for the past three years. I intentionally inhale toxins that destroy my lungs and heart. I smoke cigarettes. But, I’m quitting – again. According to the health and wellness center’s tobacco cessation class, the average smoker will attempt to quit five to seven times before achieving…

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