Commentary

It’s 1700 somewhere …

Posted August 3, 2018 by by Capt. DAVID LIAPIS

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Jan. 7, 2015. FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — Its side effects can range from confusion to induced sprinting for cover, to feelings of pride. It has the power to stop people in their tracks and causes self-induced paralysis for nearly two minutes at a time. Reveille and…

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Don’t underestimate importance of sacrifice

Posted August 4, 2017 by by Chief Master Sgt. MATTHEW LUSSON

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Feb. 19, 2015. As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations today, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April of 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman at the time, to be my…

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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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Aim High, Airmen!

Posted November 6, 2015 by by Lt. Col. GREGORY MAYER

I firmly believe the best things in life are the triumphs that make you proud – the ones that do not come easy. All of the things I consider to be my greatest accomplishments have required sustained effort. Obtaining my degree, being commissioned into the Air Force, passing my certification exam and running a half…

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Commentary

Solo student handles in-flight emergency

Posted November 4, 2016 by by DEBORAH LEUTHOLD with PHIL CORBELL

A Buckeye, Arizona, man maintained calm while following his training when he responded to an in-flight emergency that resulted in a safe landing of the airplane with no damage to pilot or aircraft. Nick Sherman, 18, took off from Glendale Municipal Airport during a training solo and was not expecting to deal with a broken…

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SHIRT’S CORNER – First line leader need not be left out

Posted November 6, 2015 by by Master Sgt. BRANDY RUCKER

As experienced supervisors and leaders, are we empowering our junior leaders to spread their wings as supervisors and leaders at their level? Specifically, I’m referring to the day-to-day leadership roles within the work area. I can remember as a young staff sergeant, my team relied on me to motivate them, teach them and correct them….

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Juneteenth represents hope, possibilities, vice admiral says

Posted July 7, 2017 by Courtesy of defense.gov

WASHINGTON — Juneteenth, the annual observance commemorating the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery, represents what is possible, Navy Vice Adm. Kevin Scott said at a Pentagon ceremony today. “I am three generations removed from slavery in the state of Virginia, and so when I think about Juneteenth, I think what it…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … November 6, 2015

Posted November 6, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

“Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi Today marks the start of our final week of the annual Combined Federal Campaign. This annual event calls and challenges every Airman regardless of rank or position to give. Unapologetically this campaign asks us to put our money…

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