Commentary

Three pounds, 11 ounces of resiliency

Posted November 3, 2017 by by Senior Airman SHELBY HORN

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — As military members we are inundated with training and speeches about resiliency. We hear it so often that it can get dull and become just another checked box on your records, until the message gets personally delivered in a place you’d never expect. In 2016 my husband and I…

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Stigmatize ‘rape culture’ by pursuing healthy dialogue

Posted March 1, 2019 by by Senior Airman SAVANNAH WATERS

Editor’s note: This commentary focuses on the perpetuation of rape culture from one Airman’s perspective and offers recommendations on how to improve upon this issue in the Air Force and society as a whole. KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — As service members, we receive a number of mandatory sexual harassment and assault awareness briefings…

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Do your goals match your dreams?

Posted October 16, 2015 by by Master Sgt. EVELARDO DE LEON

As a young man I grew up in a not so great area of San Antonio, Texas. My parents were not perfect people but they did invest in me. We were a family of little means, but my parents instilled values and morals in me. They taught me the basics and to be a man…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … The desire to serve the Lord

Posted January 21, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain Fr. Ronald Metha

From the very first days of our Air Force careers we’ve heard of the Four Pillars of Comprehensive Fitness. All are essential to our wellbeing and that of the Airmen with whom we serve. Although most of the pillars, like physical, mental and social fitness are truly obvious, spiritual fitness needs cultivation. However, civil society…

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Take time to explain ‘why’

Posted March 24, 2016 by by Col. TODD OSGOOD

Good communication is a key element of successful organizations. As leaders, managers or supervisors, we’re sometimes so focused on communicating the “what” or the “how” that we fail to explain why the work someone is doing is so important. Other times, we make decisions that impact work priorities or cause significant change, but don’t explain…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted December 2, 2016 by Courtesy of Chap. (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Inspiration in a facility usage operating instruction This week, I had the joy of polishing a facility usage operating instruction. Admittedly, reviewing OIs is not exactly what I would call a good time but … meaning can be found in a thousand different circumstances. At its core, a facility usage OI is about space and…

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Leaders remember “high-touch” tactics

Posted May 4, 2018 by by Lt. Col. CHRIS CARNDUFF

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — Technology has revolutionized our lives and the Air Force. Our high-tech culture and military are capable of unprecedented effectiveness and agility due to the speed of communication. In many facets of our personal and professional lives, technology gives us the ability to communicate rapidly and accomplish a variety of tasks…

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Leadership … Are you up for the challenge

Posted November 12, 2015 by by 2nd Lt. MARIANA TAMARIZ

Leadership is often defined as the capacity to lead. Though this definition describes the actions of an individual in a leadership position, it does not provide any insight on what makes a good leader. Though there are hundreds of books and guides that provide steps to becoming a better leader, I believe that true leadership…

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Volunteer for right reasons

Posted February 11, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. MICHAEL BATTLES

The word “volunteer” is a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service. In a given week, I’m asked three to four times why I volunteer my personal time as much as I do to organizations that are not my primary duty. The answer has and will always be the same,…

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Analyzing failure, realizing success, who owns it?

Posted April 28, 2016 by by Col. RYAN SAMUELSON

Editor’s note: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Air Force, Defense Department or the U.S. Government. AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — “We have an issue. I’ll call him in and figure out why he failed to…,” said…

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