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My personal leadership philosophy

Posted December 19, 2014 by Maj. SCOTT HALL

My personal leadership philosophy can be summed up in just a few words — people first, mission always. Some may mistake the phrase “people first, mission always” as a dictum to coddle unit personnel through adversity, but actually, my focus is on preparing them to overcome adversity. The mission will always press on, but without…

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Work, family balance success marker

Posted December 19, 2014 by Master Sgt. DANIEL CARTER

“Being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.” — Zig Ziglar In our careers, we frequently hear about the importance of having balance in our life and job. Some common…

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It’s a way of life

Posted December 19, 2014 by Maj. RONALD MARQUEZ

Maj. Ronald Marquez Air Force Instruction 1-1 Paragraph 1.5 states, A way of life. “The mission must be accomplished.” Luke AFB is taking a small break from that mission, back-to-back four-day weekends for some. This means a little holiday cheer is in order. I grew up spending Christmas Eve waiting for my father to get…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted December 19, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

Courtesy graphic Do we have the humility and strength to hear the truth from those beneath us? “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field … All they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.” ~ Luke 2:8, 18 Someone once said, “If you…

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Fly Over: ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ and ‘Home Alone′

Posted December 19, 2014 by Nestor Cruz and Devante Williams

On DVD: ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ I love Westerns, both dramatic and comedic, and I was eager to watch this movie with the tagline “From the guy who brought you ‘Ted.’” That alone should have been enough of a warning for me. “A Million Ways to Die in the West” is…

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Gratitude cultivates exceptional leadership

Posted December 12, 2014 by Maj. PAUL BECKER

Several months ago I was inspired by the phrase “cultivate an attitude of gratitude.” The topic was presented in a religious context; however, I found these words significant and profound when considered as a tenent of exceptional leadership. Cultivate is an action verb. The word brings to mind images of an experienced gardener patiently tending…

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Leadership vs. management

Posted December 12, 2014 by Master Sgt. CINDY SPIVEY

Have you ever had a boss or someone that made you want to come to work every day, someone you would do anything for without question? Then you were probably working beside a leader, not a manager. The biggest difference between managers and leaders is the way they motivate people who work for or follow…

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Short-term loan interest rates too high

Posted December 12, 2014 by 56th FWJA

To those considering a payday loan or title loan, listen up. A short-term loan should be a last resort because the interest rates are extremely high. If it is an emergency, there are grants and interest-free loans to eligible Airmen and their family members through the Air Force Aid Society. Contact the Luke Air Force…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted December 12, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

What’s your net worth? That’s a very American question, a very western question. It conveys the idea that one’s value is determined by the bottom line. We play a silly game in our culture that goes like this. We ask the question, “What would we be worth if we cashed it all out, sold the…

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Fly Over: ‘Republic Ramen + Noodles’ and ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′

Posted December 12, 2014 by Nesto Cruz and Grace Lee

Dining out: ‘Republic Ramen + Noodles’ One of my past editors once told me a good writer worth his salt can write a story about a ham sandwich and people will want to read it. So my question is: how does one write a good story about a bowl of soup? There are several places…

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