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Combating stress

Posted May 24, 2013 by Lt. Col. Paul Tombarge

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.¬†-¬†Stress. The Oxford dictionary defines stress as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” We’ve all experienced it; some more than others. With the continuing budget shortfalls, uncertainty of sequestration furloughs, a pending compliance inspection and the upcoming summer move cycle, many…

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If it isn’t you, it’s the person next to you

Posted April 12, 2013 by SrA. Kelly Galloway

“Hey sexy … you single?” I turned to see a fellow airman in training; standing about 5 foot 8 inches tall, dark hair and eyes. Over the next four months, I heard this fellow classmate repeat the same line more than a couple dozen times. It wasn’t just me he had an eye for; it…

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POW recalls ‘hidden treasure’ in lessons learned

Posted March 1, 2013 by Amber Baillie

Courtesy photograph Retired Col. Lee Ellis, a prisoner of war who spent five and a half years in the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War, spoke at the Air Force Academy’s National Character and Leadership Symposium Feb. 21-22, 2013. A prisoner of war held in the “Hanoi Hilton” for five and a half years shared…

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When did your leadership light bulb come on?

Posted March 1, 2013 by CMSgt. David Dock

In November 1992, a new chief master sergeant was assigned to my squadron. It caught all of our units’ Airmen by surprise that the new chief decided to move into the office adjacent to the bathrooms when there were much better locations behind “the glass doors.” One early afternoon, I walked into the bathroom and…

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Air Force leaders issue holiday message

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Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy send the following holiday message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force: The holiday season is a perfect time to celebrate the many blessings that we enjoy…

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Three simple questions

Posted November 30, 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, Fla., 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…

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My educational journey Take advantage of the benefits available to you

Posted November 9, 2012 by Mark Bacon

One of the saddest things I’ve witnessed during my 35 years with the Air Force – including over 23 years active duty, as a contractor, and now as an Air Force civilian – has been people who stay with our service as a career, yet never use the many educational benefits available to them. My…

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Air Force leaders issue Veterans Day message

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Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy send the following Veterans Day message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force: “Our Air Force’s success is founded in the sacrifice of generations who served before….

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month: What is cyber security?

Posted October 26, 2012 by TSgt. Scott McNabb

Ok, so it’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month, so what? It’s also (among other observances) Native American Heritage Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month and National Pomegranate Month in the United States. Antioxidants aside, those other two are hugely important and leave me wondering, “What does cyber security even mean and why does it matter?” I’ve…

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I ask myself this: Did I do enough?

Posted October 26, 2012 by SFC Jennifer Menger

It was a typical Saturday morning for my family. As typical as it can be when you are a dual-military blended family and your better half is deployed overseas. We had gotten up, done our household chores, attended guitar lessons, and were on the road to Orlando when I got a call that I’ll never…

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