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A tap on the shoulder

Posted May 11, 2012 by by Lt. Col. Arlene Collazo

As I was searching for a topic for this article, I realized I needed to look no further than our Air Force Core Values: integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. As our unit prepares for an inspection, I decided to focus on the third, but equally important, core value: Excellence…

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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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Caring for our airmen in times of tragedy

Posted July 20, 2012 by by Lt. Col. Jupe Etheridge

Do you have airmen who depend on you? If so, are you ready for when unthinkable tragedy strikes? What about an accidental death, a suicide, battlefield casualty, or even murder? Are you prepared to inform families, friends and coworkers? Prepared or not, the aftermath of that event may be the most emotionally draining thing you…

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Teamwork affects us all

Posted October 12, 2012 by by SMSgt. Michael Morris

Imagine you’re deployed. Your base has been mortared and you are leading a post attack sweep team. The very lives of your team depend on the collective actions of each team member. Think about what would happen if one person acted alone. Now, imagine you are recalled and standing in a deployment line. You’re depending…

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The ‘ABCs’ of core values

Posted May 25, 2012 by by Col. Michael Burke

My focus for this commentary is on our Air Force Core Values. Sure, I know, there have been hundreds if not thousands of such reviews and commentaries on this topic. But I think you’ll find this to be a somewhat different approach, so please indulge me and give it a read. The Air Force formally…

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Chief’s Perspective: Analog leadership in digital times

Posted July 20, 2012 by by CMSgt. James A. Roy

The United States Air Force is the world’s most advanced air, space and cyberspace force. Most of that can be attributed to you – our outstanding airmen – but technology also plays a huge role. Advanced tools help us maintain an advantage…

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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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This story is about you

Posted May 25, 2012 by by Brian Raphael

“Safety – It’s Personal” is the theme for this year’s Critical Days of Summer safety campaign, which runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. This year’s theme is a reminder that safety is everyone’s responsibility, and the decisions we make impact our friends, families and Air Force community. That’s the message from Maj….

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Strengthening our core

Posted August 2, 2012 by by Col. Jim Dryjanski

The greatest threat to the United States Air Force right now is not external. It is from within. The allegations of sexual misconduct at Lackland Air Force Base [Texas] splashed across the news will undoubtedly be fully investigated and criminal behavior will be prosecuted appropriately. The victims will be heard and they will be cared…

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Leave your shell behind; the lesson of the lobster

Posted March 26, 2012 by Staff

As a child growing up in New York City, I didn’t have much, but I did have a pet lobster and an early philosophy lesson (okay, it was actually a crayfish, but in my youth I didn’t know the difference). Every morning when I woke, the first thing I did was run to the fish…

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