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Preparing for next rank makes successful Airmen

Posted April 18, 2014 by Airman 1st Class JOSEPH ANSELMO

As Airmen we have many responsibilities and duties we must carry out in accordance with our jobs. According to AFI 36-2618, The Enlisted Force Structure, our responsibilities are as follows: junior enlisted Airmen initially focus on adapting to military requirements, achieving occupational proficiency and learning how to become highly productive members of the Air Force….

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Dollars and Sense

Posted April 18, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

Want a copy of your leave and earning statement? LESs for separated or retired Air Force service members are not available from myPay. Requests must be sent via email to the Military Pay Historical Records Branch at ampo-verify-les-@dfas.mil or fax to 317-275-0123. For more information on the data required for the request, go to the…

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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 April 18, 2014 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson

Courtesy photo Reinhold Niebuhr “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.” ~ Reinhold Niebuhr Continuing with the theme of wisdom from last week, many of you may recognize the quote above as the “Serenity Prayer.” This little…

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Three steps to avoid ‘toxic leadership’

Posted April 11, 2014 by Lt. Col. CHRISTOPHER BACON

Toxic leadership. Sadly, this term has recently become vogue in the lexicon of the Defense Department to describe leaders possessing unfavorable leadership characteristics and whose actions eventually rot an organization from the inside out. Examples of these leaders drape across the weekly headlines and sound bites of newspapers, radio and television. “Leaders” who become drunk…

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Personal improvement, goal setting all part of leadership

Posted April 11, 2014 by Capt. JULIE WHITEKUS

In preparation for the changes in regard to officer and enlisted performance reports, and force management issues, it is important to reflect on personal improvement and goal setting. This topic is close to my heart and revolves around leadership. As officers, leaders and mentors, we can all benefit from refreshing our vigilance and attention to…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted April 11, 2014 by 56th CPTS

Retirees, did you know that the Defense Financial and Accounting Service is the primary payroll office for military retired pay and annuity accounts? The 56th Comptroller Squadron Financial Customer Service section can assist in the transition from active-duty to retired status and make determinations for some entitlement programs. However, once retired, DFAS becomes the primary…

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SAAM to raise awareness, respect, change culture

Posted April 11, 2014 by JOICE JONES

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response mission is to ensure that all victims of sexual assault receive the care and support they require and to use education and intervention as a primary means of achieving an environment free of sexual assault. With the advent of this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the 56th Fighter Wing…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted April 11, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns

Courtesy photo Cicero “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ~ Cicero The thirst for knowledge was incredible during the days of the Roman Empire. In that day and time, even for the commoner, acquiring books was nearly on par with buying clothing. Today, a lack of knowledge can often lead…

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Fly Over: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, and ‘Pirate Fairy’

Posted April 11, 2014 by by Nestor Cruz and Jason Colbert

In theaters: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Dear DC Comics and Warner Bros. Studios, Be jealous. Be very jealous. While you are still working on the “Superman vs. Batman” movie, Marvel Studios has done it again and released another box office hit with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The sequel to 2011’s “Captain America: The…

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