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Changing times challenge leadership

Posted February 28, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. LEROY RIDGEL

Over the next several months our leadership’s prowess will be tested. On Dec. 11, 2013, Air Force senior leaders announced the rollout of several programs that may reduce our force by as much as 25,000 over the next five years. Unfortunately, several of our fellow Airmen will be saluted for their years of faithful service…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted February 28, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

If you are a federal employee covered by the Federal Employees’ Retirement System or the Civil Service Retirement System, you may make regular or catch-up thrift savings plan contributions immediately upon employment. If you are covered by FERS, you may also receive matching agency contributions. All eligible employees are automatically enrolled in TSP at a…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted February 28, 2014 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson

Courtesy photo Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I say to you, ‘I love you. I would rather die than hate you.’ And I’m foolish enough to believe that through the power of this love somewhere, men of the most recalcitrant bent will be transformed.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. What does it take to…

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Fly Over: ‘Robocop’, and ‘The Lego Movie’

Posted February 28, 2014 by Nestor Cruz and Jayson Burns

In theaters ‘Robocop’ Honestly, I have never seen so much hate for a movie. In the months before 2014’s “Robocop” release I heard people complain over and over again about this thing or that thing, every little tidbit the studio released to the public (in a few cases, I’ve seen people complain about things that…

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Are you carrying the FLAG?

Posted February 21, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. JOHN BENNETT

With so many challenges and distractions hitting us every day, it can sometimes be difficult to keep focused and maintain a healthy perspective. Many things can affect your outlook – the daily grind (“Ground Hog Day”), changes in processes and procedures, a different work environment or just knowing it’s your turn to deploy. Occasionally when…

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Leaders push others to discover strengths

Posted February 21, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. MARQUIA GILES

Picture, for a moment, being in the midst of a challenge. How will you deal with that challenge? Will you shy away? Will you hide in the shadows of another’s motivation and know-how? Or, will you move into the forefront and say I’m ready to lead? Leadership is not something found in a book, Air…

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Quitting smoking only way to go

Posted February 21, 2014 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

Every morning started the same way. After coughing up phlegm from smoking the day prior, I’d brush my teeth, do my hair, put on my uniform and have a cigarette. And every time I did this, I’d ask myself why I did this and what was so wonderful about it. It wasn’t that it tasted…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted February 21, 2014 by 56th CPTS

“Military Saves Week is Feb. 24 through March 1. Your financial fitness and personal readiness are critical aspects toward overall health and satisfaction. Learning good financial habits early in life strengthens the ability to capture opportunities in the future, such as financial freedom and security. Fewer than 50 percent of Americans say they have a…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted February 21, 2014 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson

Courtesy photo Quincy Jones “Greatness occurs when your children love you, when your critics respect you and when you have peace of mind.” ~ Quincy Jones How do you define greatness? Is it your job title, the rank on your collar or sleeve, your achievements, by winning an Olympic medal? In the military, we are…

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Fly Over: ‘The Lady Vanishes’, and the new XBox

Posted February 21, 2014 by Devante Williams and Jayson Burns

On DVD: ‘The Lady Vanishes’ Recently, 100 classic horror/thriller movies fell into my possession (belated Merry Christmas gifts), and among said collection are quite a few created by Sir Alfred Hitchcock, a filmmaker that left a pretty big mark on the history of cinema. So naturally, of these 100 films I’ve watched so far, the…

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