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What’s in a name? Power, pride, identity

Posted August 23, 2013 by Maj. MELINDA SANTOS

Was Shakespeare mistaken when he wrote the above words for Juliet to speak? Studies have shown there is preference in a name. Attractive or popular names affect our attitudes and expectations about their owners. It may also lead to high self-esteem and high self-esteem yields achievement motivation. People can be partial to their alma mater,…

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Fly Over: ‘Ip Man’, and ‘Grand Theft Auto 5′

Posted October 18, 2013 by Grace Lee and Devante Williams

‘Ip Man’ Being the Netflixer I am today, I came across a movie named “Ip Man” and honestly, I just looked at the high rating it earned and decided to watch it. “Ip Man” is a film from Hong Kong and is, to some extent, based on the life of Yip Man, grandmaster of the…

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Be prepared

Posted December 13, 2013 by Col. CONSTANCE JACKSON

Leading Airmen happens at every level and preparation is the key to success. A couple of weeks ago I watched two Airmen lead the clinic through resiliency training. As I looked at the members of the family health clinic I felt many things. The medics unabashedly participated in the training led by two Airmen who…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted February 7, 2014 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson

Courtesy photo Dr. Mae Jemison “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” ~ Dr. Mae Jemison Has anyone ever told you that you couldn’t do something because you lacked the skills or talent? Maybe it was said out of prejudice. Did it make you so mad yet so determined to prove them wrong? Maybe…

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‘Burn the boats’

Posted March 28, 2014 by Maj. DAVID LEMERY

Though I have read a little about history and a little more about business and leadership, the first time I heard the expression, “Burn the boats,” was just a few weeks ago. It prompted me to look into this theory a little further. The phrase is most attributed to Spanish Conquistador Hernando Cortez when he…

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Advancing CAF through storytellers

Posted May 9, 2014 by Lt. Col. JON WHEELER

Comprehensive Airmen Fitness is a key talking point in most speeches you hear from Air Force leadership. This concept has been introduced in formal training and many of our younger Airmen are very familiar with it. The purpose of this article is to introduce CAF and discuss how storytellers can help advance CAF at Luke…

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Make time for Airmen, NCOs

Posted June 27, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. DONNIE BROWN and Master Sgt. RENEE HUGGINS

We are all very busy these days. Our force is shrinking but our mission stays the same. I often hear people complain that they just do not have enough time. Two things leaders at all levels need to make time for are our Airmen and junior NCOs. Leaders are often stretched so thin that they…

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Changing your communication default settings

Posted August 15, 2014 by 2nd Lt. JOSH GOERSS

In today’s high tech world, it’s easy to become entrenched in the communication tools that are designed to make our lives simpler and more organized. Ironically, the technology that was created to increase our efficiency has a tendency to detract from our communication within an organization. When we unconsciously set our default communication settings to…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted October 3, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

The Internal Revenue Code places limits on the dollar amount of contributions you can make to pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2014. The elective deferral (contribution) limit for employees who participate in 401(k) and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan remains at $17,500. By comparison, the annual contributions limit to an…

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New evaluation system calls for accountability

Posted November 14, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. THOMAS LOHSANDT

It seems that everyone is overly concerned with the new evaluation system the Air Force is releasing. We should ask ourselves if it is really that scary to have an assessment which fits each of us in a more realistic way. This new system is going to hurt a lot of egos when they are…

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