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Balance, key to successful AF life

Posted August 29, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. ANDRE PARKER

I believe proper balance is the key to a successful life in the Air Force. Over the years I’ve come to realize that it takes a concentrated effort to maintain balance between a professional life as an Air Force member and personal or family life. Both require constant learning, adjustments, development and attention. It’s easy…

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Avoid claustrophobic career

Posted August 29, 2014 by Staff Sgt. MICHAEL IMLER

I have heard many times that education is the great equalizer. The Air Force takes in people of all races, cultures and backgrounds and unifies them under simple beliefs and values. The enlisted force structure serves as the common language for force development, and education plays a major role. We all know education creates opportunity,…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted August 29, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

Have you contributed to the Thrift Savings Program? Are you now considering taking a TSP loan? Before you do, consider the total costs of the loan and the impact upon your future benefits. TSP loans borrow from your contributions and accrued earnings. Additionally, you are charged a $50 loan fee that is taken from your…

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Fly Over: ‘Adventure Time’ and ‘Wolfenstein: The New Order’

Posted August 29, 2014 by Pedro Mota and James Hensley

‘Adventure Time’ Usually when I want to relax or just have some “me” time I play a video game, watch a movie, work out or do something exciting. I usually don’t watch television shows, but when I heard about the show “Adventure Time,” I gave it a look. The episodes are pretty short, on average…

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New form second chance to do EPRs right

Posted August 22, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. James Gilmore

Without fail, every time I am around a group of young NCOs, there is one subject guaranteed to come up — the enduring question of “How can I write a stronger EPR for my Airman?” My answer to this question is fairly standard and is one that a chief shared with me many years ago….

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Plan for final out

Posted August 22, 2014 by Senior Airman LIAM MILBURN

How many of you are prepared for life outside of the military? Seriously, if you were told tomorrow was your final out, what would you do? We are currently in an environment where Defense Department rollbacks are a serious issue we must all contemplate. Fewer officers are being commissioned. Last year there was only one…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted August 22, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

As the economy has slowly moved along, the total amount Americans owe has increased 5 percent from last year. Revolving credit card debt has increased $12 billion in the last three months, according to the Federal Reserve. Airmen mired in debt may be tempted to take out payday loans or title loans, transfer balances to…

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Fly Over: Haus Murphy’s Authentic Bavarian food in Glendale’s historic district and ‘Stonewords: A Ghost Story’

Posted August 22, 2014 by Nestor Cruz and Marcy Copeland

Haus Murphy’s Authentic Bavarian food in Glendale’s historic district The West Valley landscape is dotted with fast food franchises, Mexican restaurants and Chinese super buffets, so it’s a rare treat to find a local restaurant offering another country’s cuisine that does it well. I’m referring to Haus Murphy’s, located at 5739 W. Glendale Ave. Owners…

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Knocking it out of park means excellence

Posted August 15, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. KELBEY NORTON

Over the past several years the Defense Department has seen an unprecedented reduction in force. Twenty years ago when I was a young Airman learning the Air Force ropes, our active-duty force was more than 421,000 strong. Today, our end strength stands at just over 323,000 Airmen, a reduction of roughly 100,000 personnel. Because of…

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Gut check: Where do you stand?

Posted August 15, 2014 by Master Sgt. STEVE RADNOR

Since the beginning of our Air Force careers, the majority of us have been taught that in order to lead, we need to lead by example and lead from the front. Today, that has not changed. However, as we all know, it is virtually impossible for all to be in front at the same time,…

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