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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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Leading in our fiscal environment

Posted June 8, 2012 by by Capt. Nicholas Shimkus

While executing a few mission rehearsals in the middle of the African desert, one of my men was returning to our rally point on his all-terrain vehicle and was being a little too aggressive in his maneuvers. Sure enough, he ended up in the dirt with the ATV alongside him. The rest of the team…

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Don’t forget where you came from

Posted August 20, 2012 by by CMSgt. Gary Sharp

One of the most important pieces of advice I received upon being promoted to chief master sergeant was, “Never forget where you came from.” Although this guidance was valuable as a new chief, it was something that I’ve always held in high regard. No matter where I was in my career, I never forgot my…

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Innovation key to Air Force future

Posted March 26, 2012 by Staff

Our nation is facing a number of challenges that affect our government. As a result, change is happening all around the Air Force. The institution of the Air Force will survive, but there is no doubt we’ll be operating differently. Over the past several years we have implemented a number of efficiency efforts to shape…

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Air Force leaders issue Veterans Day message

Posted November 9, 2012 by

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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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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