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Heavy drinking: Highway to disaster

Posted December 2, 2016 by Courtesy of af.mil

Heavy drinking is defined as consuming five or more standard drinks in one sitting. It is also considered “high risk” drinking due to the health concerns associated with drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Many stories about heavy drinking are glamorized, not publicized, or forgotten altogether, so behaviors don’t change. Here’s a story that illustrates the…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted January 29, 2016 by

Flat rate per diem explained What is it? The flat rate per diem rule changes for long-term temporary duty went into effect Nov. 1, 2014, and apply when government lodging and/or meals are not available at the TDY installation. Who is affected? Anyone assigned to a TDY of 31 days or longer is subject to…

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Adapt and overcome

Posted April 14, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer

PEORIA, Ill. (AFNS) —  My firstborn child recently turned 2 months old. Amidst the irresistible joy of having a new little buddy, I look back over these last eight weeks and wonder how my spouse and I survived. I am a writer, but there are no words I can find adequate enough to describe the…

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New leader, strategic plan fuels excitement

Posted July 7, 2017 by by Senior Master Sgt. MATTHEW LUDWIG

After returning from a deployment in Southwest Asia, I was impressed with the new wing leadership philosophy. I was fortunate enough to attend the 56th Fighter Wing Service Blitz rally at Cardinal Stadium and saw first-hand our new leadership in action. Then came the bombshell … the 56th FW strategic plan. After having read many…

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Fly, Fight, Win — war to end all wars

Posted November 2, 2018 by Lt. Col. Philip Cooper

While Memorial Day honors those who died in service to their country or later from wounds sustained during battle, Veteran’s Day is meant to honor all veterans, past and present, who served honorably in times of peace or war. So, what does Veteran’s Day mean to you?

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Lead the way: Be the spark to set fire

Posted November 12, 2015 by by Senior Master Sgt. MICHAEL ROXBERRY

As a leader, do not let your ego get in the way. Stand tall, but not above everyone else. Do not tell people what to do, show them. Showing them is what leading is all about. When you show them, you are creating that spark. Much like a fire, it all starts with a small…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … Enjoy the moment …

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

There is a four-foot high Lego tower on my kitchen counter. There are toy cars, small shoes, stuffed animals and a host of other things that were previously neatly put away scattered about my living room. There’s a pack-and-play thingy in the guest bedroom, sippy cups in the dish rack and jars of baby food…

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Challenge yourself, accomplish your dreams

Posted May 10, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook

Challenging yourself and accomplishing your dreams requires stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things. For one Airman, applying for the United States Air Force Academy was a step in the right direction toward achieving his goals.

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Narrow scope, improve force

Posted November 3, 2017 by by Lt. Col. NELSON ROULEAU

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Our collective failure to lead boldly and teach others to do the same has led us toward the end of our runway. Airmen are watching Young military leaders vicariously learn the easiest path to promotion is through conservative decisions, and a single mistake may cost a career. In light…

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It’s a political world …

Posted October 9, 2015 by by Senior Airman JOSEHUA BIRD

It’s the most wonderful time of the [every four] year[s]. That magical period when you cannot enjoy seven minutes of your favorite sitcom without hearing all the juicy details describing presidential hopeful “X” stiffing his waitress on that tip 45 years ago. You get to engage in those riveting political discussions that turn you against…

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