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How do you stack up?

Posted July 24, 2015 by Master Sgt. NICK LEDESMA

With upcoming changes to the enlisted performance report and Air Force promotion system, it’s important to understand how you stack up against your peers, not only within your job, but within your unit as well. The days of receiving time in grade and time in service points are numbered. They are being replaced with a…

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CCAF offers jump on education

Posted July 24, 2015 by Senior Airman SPENCER BROCKMAN

The Community College of the Air Force was established in 1972 to recognize academic achievements for technical training by Air Force schools. It awards an associate in applied science degree to enlisted members of the active-duty Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command who have completed the course work. Degree programs are…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted July 24, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

“You can’t gain weight, unless you overeat!” This gem of a quote from dear old dad is just one of many homespun lines of paternal wisdom that marked my childhood. My dad left little doubt about his opinions, which of course is the stuff that I dreaded as a child, yet qualitatively appreciate as an…

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Fly Over: ‘Ant-Man’ and ‘Terminator Genisys’

Posted July 24, 2015 by James Hensley and Luther Mitchell Jr.

‘Ant-Man’ The long-awaited movie so many of my friends were skeptical about has finally arrived. “Ant-Man” is by far one of the most hilarious and awesome movies “Marvel” has released. In a way it is an origin piece, but don’t let this deter you from seeing it. In the movie, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is…

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This week in history

Posted July 23, 2015 by Rick Griset,

1965: Project Skoshi Tiger The 4503rd Tactical Fighter Squadron (Provisional F-5 Evaluation Squadron No. 1) activated 50 years ago to conduct the operational testing of the F-5A, known as Project Skoshi Tiger. In the late 1950s, most countries lacked the money for enough frontline jet fighters to defend themselves. Therefore, they often bought older, cheaper,…

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Apply 6S for leadership success

Posted July 17, 2015 by Master Sgt. JAMES CASTILLO

Over the last 20 years of my Air Force career, there seems to have always been a common theme regarding our resources: reductions, reductions and more reductions. Some of the cutbacks to our resources have included less money in our annual budgets, fewer aircraft added to our inventory and fewer personnel added to our overall…

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Legacy shaped by today’s actions

Posted July 17, 2015 by Master Sgt. COREY QUINN

Webster’s dictionary defines legacy as “something transmitted by or received from an ancestor, a predecessor or from the past.” What will your legacy be? Most people do not think about their legacy until it is too late or never at all. They think about their good deeds, their regrets and what difference they made in…

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Move up in world with education

Posted July 17, 2015 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

Education — it’s something that’s important not only to be competitive in one’s military career but also in the civilian sector. “A diploma or college education shows you not only have the education but you also have critical thinking skills, and that you can analyze, be objective and have a perspective on different issues,” said…

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This week in history

Posted July 17, 2015 by Rick Griset,

1945: Gadget detonated, history made Courtesy photo Hopeful observers stood in the dark 70 years ago at a calculated safe distance of 10,000 yards from Trinity. About a half an hour before dawn, at 5:30 a.m. July 16, 1945, a plutonium device named Gadget detonated over a stretch of New Mexican desert known for centuries…

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Receiving, passing baton wins relay of life

Posted July 17, 2015 by Retired Master Sgt. JEROLD HAUPT

It’s funny, but as you grow older you occasionally find yourself reflecting on the life you’ve led. Through that reflection, you develop a deeper appreciation of the many people who over the years have “passed the baton” on to you. They influenced you, invested in you, encouraged you and most importantly believed in you. I’ve…

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