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Warrior ethos puts will to test

Posted October 31, 2014 by Capt. ANDREW STOLTEN

It is important for us as warriors to put our physical fitness test in proper perspective. Airmen need to be physically able to do their job, and currently the Air Force measures their fitness with a simple test. This article is not to debate if the current test actually gives an accurate indication of fitness…

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You, too, can empower innovation

Posted October 31, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. CHRIS DEGRUYTER

Innovation is the lifeblood of progress. Without it we wouldn’t have the automobile, airplane or computer. We may have never made it to an industrial revolution. At every level of our species, from the individual level to the societal level, compelling change is how we grow, and it is innovators that drive this. In the…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted October 31, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

Boo! Each year we celebrate Halloween. From cute to gory, from charming to horrifying we find numerous ways to observe this day. Halloween, like many American holidays, seems to mean many things to many people; it deftly spans the continuum from comical to horrifying. Many people of faith back away from the celebration of this…

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Fly Over: ‘Dracula Untold’ and ‘Gone Girl’

Posted October 31, 2014 by James Hensley and Marcy Copeland

In theaters: ‘Dracula Untold’ Ever since I was a child, I’ve always had an affinity for the supernatural or the unbelievable. I remember watching the old “Blade” movies and hoping for “Dracula” to appear, and when they finally made it happen in the last “Blade” movie, I was seriously disappointed. They made him look too…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted October 31, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

Every few years, military families pack up and head out on that next permanent chainge station adventure. Whether you’re moving to Florida’s sunny coast, the remote northern bases in North Dakota, or near the busy metropolis above Virginia, the nation’s housing may have you thinking that buying a home in your new town is a…

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Path to inspirational leadership evolving skillset

Posted October 24, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. SHELLY BAILEY

Senior Master Sgt. Shelly Bailey At some point in our Air Force career we will assume a leadership role. Leadership is an ever-evolving skillset that you will continue to develop throughout the course of your career. The highest and most effective form of leadership one can hope to achieve is inspirational leadership. This is the…

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Bridges: build, don’t burn

Posted October 24, 2014 by Senior Airman JEFFREY MAKI

Have you heard the phrase “don’t burn your bridges?” This idiom is used to describe the importance of not ending a relationship on a bad note. In this case, the relationship is your military career. For example, when you build professional relationships you are networking or laying the foundation for the building of a bridge….

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Red Ribbon reminder to be drug free

Posted October 24, 2014 by JENNIFER DEANS

Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was kidnapped, tortured and brutally murdered on Feb. 7, 1985, by Mexican drug traffickers. After the murder of Agent Camarena citizens of his hometown of Calexico, California, wore red ribbons in his honor. This marked the beginning of the oldest and most visible prevention awareness campaign in the…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted October 24, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

As a new government employee, you have the opportunity to save for your retirement through the Thrift Savings Plan. The TSP is similar to a 401(k) plan in the private sector. Participating in the TSP is easy. You can use the electronic version, such as EBIS or myPay, or fill out the Form TSP-1 (www.tsp.gov/PDF/formspubs/tsp-1.pdf)….

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted October 24, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

It has been said that when you are struggling you are growing. We see this in athletic pursuits. No one achieves improvement or excellence by lounging about. Rather it is as we push our physical limits that we improve our performance. We see this in our academic endeavors. While our basic intelligence may be static…

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