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Embrace diversity: Lead from front

Posted August 4, 2016 by by Col. GREG GILMOUR

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — Often times when we hear terms like diversity and inclusion, we think of them more as buzz words or a way to hold someone accountable for not doing the right thing. However, what does diversity actually mean to us in the Air Force? To me, it’s simple: place the right…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted August 4, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler,

Comprehensive Airmen Fitness — lessons from Fido I have a confession to make. I am not an animal lover. I am really more of an “animal tolerater,” to coin a phrase. Oh sure, I have fond memories from childhood of Barron our dachshund, Lady our collie, and Littlebit the mutt-puppy I found and carried home…

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Ending silence opens door to triumph over abuse

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Editor’s note: The author’s name was redacted to protect the person’s identity. ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — I’m tired of the sound of silence. At a recent Green Dot leadership training session, I was asked to write down on a piece of paper an action I would do as a leader to help implement…

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Living with mental illness

Posted June 30, 2016 by by Capt. DONALD WILLIAMS

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — Defective. Weak. Soft. Broken. Crazy. Compromised. Unfit. Career-ending. These are just some of the words that people may associate with mental illness. Sadly, the sentiment behind labels like these can act as a barrier to help-seeking for many who face challenges in their lives. A further hindrance to those…

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Balancing work, life strengthens identity

Posted June 30, 2016 by by Maj. NAOMI HENIGIN

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — As the Air Force focuses on resiliency for our Airmen and their families, concepts like work-life balance have received renewed consideration. The health benefits of maintaining a balance between our career identity and our “true self,” the one typified by the activities we engage in outside of work, has…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted June 30, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

A message for every Airman, especially Chaplain Corps personnel: It’s a privilege to serve I shared something similar to this with my team recently. If it sounds a little preachy, well consider the fact that I’m a chaplain … Hope you enjoy it. You’ve been given the privilege of serving in the U.S. Air Force….

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Mantra must be ‘People first, mission always’

Posted June 2, 2016 by by Senior Master Sgt. CLAUS PERIS

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — If you’ve been around long enough, you’ve heard the phrase “Mission first, people always.” Today’s Airmen are busy. Whether its high ops tempo, constant deployments or low manning, our Airmen are being asked to do more and more every day. Nothing is more important than accomplishing the mission —…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … I don’t know what to say

Posted June 2, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Have you ever felt like that? You face a dilemma or circumstance that leaves you without words to say? You face a leadership challenge that stresses you seemingly beyond your limits and you just don’t know what to say. Sometimes as a speaker/preacher/chaplain I encounter dry spells and I just don’t know what to say….

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Lt. has ‘Georgia on my mind’

Posted June 2, 2016 by by 1st Lt. Justin Lewis

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Republic of Georgia Army Pvt. 1st Class Vasil Kulijanishvili was patrolling the perimeter of Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, with his unit Sept. 22, 2015, as one of 885 Georgian soldiers supporting NATO’s Operation Resolute Support when he was attacked and killed by Taliban militants. The next day, Georgian Prime Minister…

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Volunteerism affects positive change

Posted May 5, 2016 by by Lt. Col. STEPHEN SIMKO

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Throughout our military careers, we often talk of being a volunteer force, a subset of our culture that has volunteered to serve our country in the profession of arms. Without disrespect to anyone currently in uniform or those that have served before me, I have always been in conflict…

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