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Integrity always

Posted July 6, 2012 by by Lt. Col. Michael Wulfestieg

A lot has been written throughout the years about Air Force Core Values, and the importance of not only knowing, but living them. This is a popular topic of professional military education graduations, special events and commentary articles. However, continuous discussion of some foundational topics is important, especially when such repetition helps to highlight the…

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My educational journey: Education isn’t my thing!

Posted September 14, 2012 by by Master Sgt. Joseph Carello

I left college in 1992 for multiple reasons, but mainly because of money; I was the only person in class that could not purchase the required books and equipment. I came to the conclusion that education just wasn’t my thing, so I decided to enlist in the Air Force in April of the same year….

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Chief’s perspective: Now is the time for bold leadership

Posted April 27, 2012 by by Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy

Enlisted Airmen, A week ago I sent an email message titled Leadership vs. Policy to Command Chiefs and Career Field Managers. You may have seen that message, or parts of it, but I’d like to take the opportunity to address it with you directly. The theme of the message was that too much arbitrary guidance…

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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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Does the EPR need a bailout?

Posted July 6, 2012 by by TSgt. Kitsana R. Dounglomchan

What do enlisted performance reports, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America have in common? They suffer from bad brand name recognition. So, what should we do? Bailout our EPR system? We could rename the EPR. How about Yearly Evaluation Report or YER? A name change has worked for some, but then again the culture still…

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Air Force core values should extend into our personal lives

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Lt. Col. Thomas J. O'Connell Jr.

The Air Force core values of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do provide excellent guideposts on how to conduct our professional military lives. Because they are so closely associated with the Air Force, their application often stops there. In actuality, they are great guides for our personal lives as well….

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I chose AADD

Posted May 11, 2012 by by SSgt. Erica Picariello

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood. It seems like we all know of someone who has gotten a DUI, but I’ve never heard of anyone end a drinking story with, “and then we took Airman Against Drunk Driving home.” Is it because we’re afraid that the word will get back to leadership and we’ll…

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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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I am an American Airman: I will not fail!

Posted July 6, 2012 by by SSgt. Torri Savarese

Early in my Air Force career, I overheard an NCO say, “The only tradition in the Air Force is constant change.” I should clarify that he more grumbled it than said it. I remember thinking how odd of an expression that was, and how the…

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My educational journey: Inspiration for education started with my mother

Posted October 12, 2012 by by SSgt. Andre Olaciregui

My mother and I moved from Colombia, South America, to Florida when I was five years old. I was raised in a family where our financial status was well below average, but I was always taught by my mother the importance of education and seizing an opportunity when it presented itself. “Chances are, if you…

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