Commentary

Know your part, do your part

Posted April 21, 2016 by by LORINDA PIRRIE

PETERSON AIR FORCE AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Working in the field of sexual assault prevention and response, it’s presumable that I think about the subject more frequently than the average person. As such, my children have been subjected to a plethora of discussions regarding risk reduction and effective bystander intervention — far too many…

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Mantra must be ‘People first, mission always’

Posted June 2, 2016 by by Senior Master Sgt. CLAUS PERIS

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — If you’ve been around long enough, you’ve heard the phrase “Mission first, people always.” Today’s Airmen are busy. Whether its high ops tempo, constant deployments or low manning, our Airmen are being asked to do more and more every day. Nothing is more important than accomplishing the mission —…

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Asking for help is sign of strength not weakness

Posted August 3, 2018 by by Maj. Gen. Mark Brown and Master Sgt. Derik New

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Dec. 2, 2014. KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Growing up I was a big fan of Muhammad Ali. He was the world heavyweight boxing champion and unashamedly referred to himself as “The Greatest.” I vividly remember a reporter asking Ali, “When did you know that you were…

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Looking good or being good? What works best?

Posted January 14, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. MARCUS FARRELL

Leadership can be defined in many different ways. The American dictionary defines it as “the position or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group.” Most commonly leadership can be characterized as leading, setting the example. However, what is setting the example? Does setting an example mean you must do things…

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Step up: Don’t be afraid to be a Mitchell, Doolittle, Arnold

Posted February 3, 2017 by by Lt. Gen. STEVEN KWAST

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Alabama — The U.S. Air Force is sitting at a nexus in which the world is becoming increasingly dangerous and complex. Our nation is asking us to do things that keep us busier now than ever before, yet we have fewer people now than at any point in our history —…

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Labor Day: How it all began

Posted September 11, 2015 by by Airman 1st Class AUDRA STANTON

The first Monday of September we celebrate the holiday that recognizes the rights of the everyday worker. Labor Day is the product of the labor movement and dedicated to the social and economic achievements of Americans. It stands as a tribute to the contributions workers made to earn the working rights that exist today. In…

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Lt. has ‘Georgia on my mind’

Posted June 2, 2016 by by 1st Lt. Justin Lewis

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Republic of Georgia Army Pvt. 1st Class Vasil Kulijanishvili was patrolling the perimeter of Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, with his unit Sept. 22, 2015, as one of 885 Georgian soldiers supporting NATO’s Operation Resolute Support when he was attacked and killed by Taliban militants. The next day, Georgian Prime Minister…

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Airpower starts here

Posted February 18, 2016 by by Master Sgt. CHARLES LOFTUS

I walked into a recruiter’s office looking for a change in my life on Feb. 11, 1999. What I knew about the Air Force was very little except what my two older brothers had told me. It all happened fast as I started my first day of Basic Military Training 14 days later. Once I…

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