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Somewhere in France

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Maj. JASON MITCHELL

“Your son Sergeant Roy T. Mitchell was killed in action in the Verdun Muse, offensive September 27, 1918, by an enemy shell. In expression of my sympathy to you and to other bereaved relatives and friends, I voice the sentiments of every man from Franklin in the A.E.F. and particularly those who know him best…

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A mentoring moment: What’s your motivation?

Posted November 16, 2012 by Col. YOLANDA BLEDSOE

What gets and keeps you going? Another way to ask this question is what motivates you? I firmly believe that when we know why we do something, we can use that as a compass to accomplish more. Knowing what motivates us will help us achieve our goals, both personal and professional. Growing up, many of…

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Leadership style must fit Airman

Posted February 15, 2013 by Master Sgt. KATHERINE MAHANA

Courtesy Photo Master Sgt. Katherine Mahana All of us have encountered different leadership styles in our careers. I believe different leadership styles work for different types of Airmen. We continue to grow as a diverse force every day and the only way to lead Airmen is to adjust your leadership style to them. Leading Airmen…

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Change management never easy

Posted April 19, 2013 by 2nd Lt. JOHN HOUSEMAN

Implementing change in an organization is never easy. More often than not, change fails on more than one level of an organization for many reasons. Maybe it’s lack of buy-in from those affected or a poor strategy from the start. Whatever the reason, change management is quite simple in theory, but in reality, it is…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted June 21, 2013 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barnes,

“The road to success is filled with many tempting parking places.” ~ Will Rogers Have you ever been late to a big event? Parking is impossible, but then you see it – the perfect parking spot. It may take a little finesse, but it shouldn’t be a problem with your driving skills. Something inside you…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted August 16, 2013 by Chaplain (Capt.) Joseph Fisher

  “You can only govern men by serving them.” ~Victor Cousin, French philosopher (1792-1867) A mark of a great leader is that he puts the needs of those he leads ahead of his own. You will never be effective at any level, no matter your leadership title, if you disregard the needs of those you lead….

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Airman trains for core-value experiences

Posted October 18, 2013 by Staff Sgt. LUIS SIMPSON

It was 3:30 a.m. and the temperature outside my armored truck was zero degrees Fahrenheit and the snow was coming down hard. I watched a figure on my thermal imager walk across the Polish-controlled forward operating base Ghazni, Afghanistan, and I thought to myself, “Who would be crazy enough to be out for a stroll…

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Don’t settle for being effective; be great

Posted December 6, 2013 by SHARON KOZAK

“I’m stuck in a rut.” “I have no life.” “I’m burned out, exhausted.” “I’m bored. I’m just putting in my time.” “Most of my satisfactions come off the job.” “I can’t change things.” These are the voices of people at work and at home. The pain is personal, and it’s deep. You may relate with…

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It’s your name on the right!

Posted February 7, 2014 by Master Sgt. SAMUEL SIMIEN

As you report in for the day and have an opportunity to read this article, take a look down at your uniform. Something that you should notice on the left side of your chest stitched in blue and placed closest to your heart is the U.S. Air Force tape. This speaks volumes to the commitment…

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Resiliency: Transforming abuse victims from survivors to ‘thrivers’

Posted March 28, 2014 by 56th Fighter Wing Family Advocacy

Resiliency is the key ingredient to shifting people’s lives from survivors, or victims of domestic abuse, to “thrivers.” Recovery from domestic violence is based on the belief that healing from relationship violence is a social, spiritual, cultural and psychological process. Within the context of a supportive community, women and men can transition through stages of…

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