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Leadership – it’s not rocket science, it’s harder

Posted June 8, 2012 by by Aaron D. Burgstein

“It’s not rocket science!” How often do we hear that about something? It’s a pretty common phrase to indicate that something is not as difficult as you may think. While I am willing to bet that rocket science is difficult, I am positive that leadership is not easy. Yep, leadership is certainly not rocket science….

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A moment on the lips will surely delay trips

Posted August 20, 2012 by by SSgt. Gina M. Paige

There is nothing more satisfying than holding my husband in a long embrace after six-months of separation. Even after several deployments, it just doesn’t seem to get old. While our significant others are gone we have this sense of pride – a right to brag about where they are and what they are doing –…

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Reaching your goals

Posted March 30, 2012 by Staff

How are your New Year’s resolutions doing? Did you set goals for yourself? A funny question for the end of March? Maybe. Or maybe it is a great time to check your progress to ensure you are happy with your progress before 2012 slips away. Maybe your goal is to lose some weight? To keep…

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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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They really are ‘out to get you’

Posted June 22, 2012 by by Lt. Col. Michael Onines

When I was first assigned a position to lead people in the Air Force, I was expected to be, among other things, a safety cheerleader, encouraging my team to avoid mishaps and work safely. This was a bit new to me and I found most safety lectures I sat through in the past to be…

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My educational journey – How could I say no?

Posted August 31, 2012 by by Chief Master Sgt. David E. Huerd

I joined the military when the Iron Curtain was still up. My plan was to serve my country abroad and get an education. My first duty station was Templehof Central Airport, Berlin, Germany. I initially focused on getting through my first standardization evaluation and completing my Career Development Courses. Once those were completed, the thought…

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Hold the line on timeless leadership

Posted March 30, 2012 by Staff

Before I transferred from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., I had an incentive ride in an F-16. At 15,000 feet, the view of Rogers Dry Lake Bed was surreal. The moment made me reflect on history, and I considered the many changes since the birth of the Air Force in 1947: the advent of personal…

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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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Here’s why I’m volunteering to go to Afghanistan

Posted June 22, 2012 by by Maj. Tyrell Mayfield

I am going to Afghanistan as an embedded advisor. I am an AFPAK (Afghanistan, Pakistan) Hand. I am a volunteer and that does not make me crazy. I have volunteered for all manners of things in my life. I volunteered for the Army, to jump out of planes, for Ranger School. I volunteered to go…

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Losing your future to sexual assault

Posted September 14, 2012 by by Col. Tom Posch

“I knew the minute our eyes met that she was the ‘one.’ We exchanged numbers and set up a date. It was planned to perfection. She was the ‘one.’ And then she Googled me. . .and told me never to contact her again. That’s life as a registered sex offender. My face, my name, my…

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