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Financial responsibility — vital to readiness

Posted January 23, 2015 by Lt. Col. MICHAEL EBNER

In the “Band of Brothers” miniseries, there is a line in the movie where the soldiers are told to make sure they sign up for life insurance to ensure their next-of-kin gets $10,000 upon the soldier’s death. While none of us are about to make a combat jump in 1944 to fight the Nazis, Airmen…

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Adapt, overcome, succeed

Posted January 23, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. ELISHUA CHATMAN

Change is inevitable, especially in today’s Air Force. If you’ve been serving for more than a few years, it’s likely you’ve experienced everything from new physical fitness requirements to the implementation of force management programs. Enlisted performance reports and feedback forms have been altered and changes to the promotion system are rapidly approaching. We expect…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted January 23, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

Courtesy photo The story is told of a college student who received a paper after grading. The student was happy with the grade for he had received a perfect score; but was troubled by the note written by the professor. The note read “You are a thief.” The student was appalled. He knew that he…

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Take ownership of your work

Posted January 23, 2015 by 1st Lt. SARAH DUGAN

“Ownership Focus Proactive” are the words that used to be pinned to the white board behind my desk as an assistant aircraft maintenance unit officer in charge. My OIC at the time had come up with the site picture for the Emerald Knights (strength and honor.) The first part of this site picture, ownership, is…

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Fly Over: ‘Pita Kitchen ‘Get your Greek on’’ and ‘American Sniper′

Posted January 23, 2015 by Luther Mitchell Jr. and Nestor Cruz

‘Pita Kitchen ‘Get your Greek on’’ I checked in on Yelp last week at a local sushi spot and I’m proud to report I earned my “Global Domination” badge (given to Yelpers who check in at restaurants of various cuisines). My latest gourmand journey brought me to the Pita Kitchen Mediterranean Grill located at 9915…

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Are we mentoring our members to success?

Posted January 16, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. RICK STILES

The Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force approved the new Airman Comprehensive Assessment to be effective July 1, 2014. The ACA is not a change to the performance feedback program but a progression in the way we execute an overlooked opportunity to tell our subordinates what we expect…

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Airmen: Ambassadors of Air Force core values

Posted January 16, 2015 by Senior Airman SPENCER BROCKMAN

Airmen are tasked and trained to keep up with myriad tasks that sometimes venture outside the scope of their assigned jobs. One of these tasks that often goes unnoticed or rarely spoken about is the job of an ambassador. Every time you are in uniform and travel off base, whether to go home for the…

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Heritage thought

Posted January 16, 2015 by Maj. Scott Smith

On Jan. 16, 1991, the war against Iraq began as Allied aircraft conducted a major raid against Iraqi air defenses. The air raid on Baghdad was broadcast live to a global audience by CNN correspondents announcing the start of Operation DESERT STORM. The initial conflict to expel Iraqi troops from Kuwait continued for five weeks….

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted January 16, 2015 by Chaplain (1st Lt.) Ben Skelton

What would your life look like if you saw obstacles and setbacks as stepping stones to a greater maturity and a stronger faith? There is nothing more motivating and encouraging than seeing a real-life underdog on the big screen! No greater example of this is the movie “Rudy,” a story about a small guy with…

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Fly Over: ‘PCU’ and ‘Home Alone′

Posted January 16, 2015 by Marcy Copeland and Nestor Cruz

On DVD: ‘PCU’ PCU is about a band of college misfits who are known as The Pit. The movie stars Jeremy Piven (James “Droz” Andrews), Jon Favreau (Gutter), David Spade (Rand McPherson), Jessica Walters (Ms. Garcia Thompson), Megan Ward (Katy), and Chris Young (Tom Lawrence). Rich, preppy Tom Lawrence (Young) travels to the Port Chester…

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