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Airmen held to higher standard

Posted January 17, 2014 by Airman 1st Class ROBERT HELVIE

No matter where you go or what you do you will see standards set for your performance. These standards vary from place to place or job to job. As you may already know, military personnel are held to a higher standard than those outside the military. The Air Force standards range from something as simple…

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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: 43rd Express Vietnamese Restaurant, and ‘Oculus’

Posted April 18, 2014 by Grace Lee and Jayson Burns

Eating out: 43rd Express Vietnamese Restaurant For those who don’t know me, I’m a big foodie. I love trying different foods from a variety of cultures, but my favorite is Asian cuisine. Being in Arizona, where the Asian population is lower than that of the Northwest, it’s not always easy finding a good Asian restaurant….

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted June 6, 2014 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson

Courtesy photo John Wooden “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” ~ John Wooden John Wooden lived a life many only dream about. A three-time All-American basketball player at Purdue, he led them to the 1932 Helms National Championship (precursor to NCAA). He played professional basketball and spent three years as…

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This Week in History

Posted July 25, 2014 by

July 25, 1944: Operation COBRA For several weeks following D-Day, the U.S. Army was mired in Normandy’s hedgerow countryside. Hedgerows were a mix of woods, small farm fields and winding sunken roads that lay between low banks topped with rows of tall thick hedges. The hedgerows gave the German defenders considerable cover and they used…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted September 5, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Kittle

Eyes front! According to The Military Dictionary of 1853, this is, “a word of command given after the dressing in line is completed, on which the Soldier is to look directly forward.” I want to encourage us to carry out this command in our daily lives. The Apostle Paul summarized his goal in life as…

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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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What company do you keep?

Posted April 20, 2012 by by Master Sgt. Jason Champagne and 2nd Lt. Christopher Clawson

“I didn’t get here on my own.” It is a common statement that Airmen hear at nearly every promotion ceremony. Many people helped them along the way. These include supervisors, mentors and family members. The bonds they form with other Airmen are unique to military life. We have more than just coworker and supervisory relationships;…

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History in flesh better than reading about it

Posted June 8, 2012 by by Lt. Col. Dominic Clementz

Recently, I had the unprecedented opportunity to spend an evening socializing with veterans and family members whose life experiences spanned nine decades. The social brought together an Auschwitz and Holocaust survivor, a D-Day and concentration camp liberator, a Pearl Harbor survivor, a...

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Outcomes successful when everyone knows ‘Big Picture’

Posted July 20, 2012 by by Chief Master Sgt. Bill Peck

When I enlisted in the Air Force 29 years ago, I didn’t really know my organization’s overall mission. At the time I didn’t understand what my leaders or the organization were trying to achieve. I was but one small cog in a large machine. I thought all I needed was to do what I was…

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