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Dollars and Sense

Posted August 22, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

As the economy has slowly moved along, the total amount Americans owe has increased 5 percent from last year. Revolving credit card debt has increased $12 billion in the last three months, according to the Federal Reserve. Airmen mired in debt may be tempted to take out payday loans or title loans, transfer balances to…

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Context matters, sets stage for clarifying meaning

Posted October 10, 2014 by Lt. Col. LAUREN BYRD

The old adage is true — having children will change your entire life in ways you never imagined possible. Last year, my husband and I had our first child and overnight became two completely different people with a different set of priorities. My perspective on life, my career and my leadership style changed in a…

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Fly Over: ‘Big Hero 6′ and ‘Interstellar’

Posted November 21, 2014 by Nestor Cruz and Grace Lee

In theaters: ‘Big Hero 6′ It was bound to happen: when the entertainment juggernaut Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel, it was only a matter of time before a mash-up movie was produced. “Big Hero 6,” produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, is very loosely based on a late-1990s Marvel comic book miniseries. Part of the…

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Fly Over: ‘Empire’ and ‘2014 Forest Hill Drive′

Posted February 6, 2015 by Luther Mitchell Jr. and Devante Williams

On Fox: ‘Empire’ “Empire” is a new, American musical drama television series on the FOX network directed by Lee Daniels, known for directing “Precious” and “The Butler.” The show includes an all-star cast with actor Terrence Howard, playing Lucious Lyon, music mogul and co-founder of the empire along with Taraji P. Henson, who plays Cookie…

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Have you joined the Air Force yet?

Posted March 27, 2015 by Master Sgt. CARMINA BEEDLE

I enlisted into the Air Force in February of 1997. However, I didn’t join the Air Force until March of 1999. No, I’m not talking about the Delayed Enlistment Program. There was no doubt that after high school I would attend college. However, not having applied for any scholarships and realizing that I didn’t have…

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Good foundation must for leading

Posted March 27, 2012 by Maj. Michael Blowers

In its simplistic form, leadership is defined as getting others to do what you want. Those who follow this thought process typically revert to using conniving tactics to persuade their followers. Many view this as a shortcut to leadership and find it being an ineffective way to lead, without any long-term value. To build a…

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Lessons in leadership

Posted May 24, 2012 by by Senior Master Sgt. Dave Merris

As leaders we are often faced with the dilemma of how to get the most out of our folks. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, there are a few basic human motivations that we all need satisfied. Among those are esteem and self-actualization. Since everyone is different, so is each of our triggers for motivation….

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Fly Over: ‘Warrior’

Posted July 6, 2012 by by Capt. Tristan Hinderliter

While there may be a few female characters in “Warrior,” the testosterone-charged 2011 drama set against the backdrop of a high-stakes mixed martial arts tournament, there’s no question this movie is set firmly in the world of men.

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Fly Over: “The Bourne Legacy”, “Fifty Shades of Gray”

Posted August 24, 2012 by by Jayson Burns and Denise Wilhite

While not as numerous or historic as the Bond films, the Bourne series has become an example of how secret agent movies are done right. They put together all the ingredients like action, espionage, tension and the like without burning it to an inedible mess. So, with their success, it’s no surprise that they wish…

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What is your word worth?

Posted October 19, 2012 by by Master Sgt. SCOTT HARRIS

Your word, promise and integrity are worth something. The value placed on them is different for everybody. The old saying, “my word is my bond,” is a powerful statement that builds confidence and helps you become known as a reliable person. Disregarding your word not only adversely affects those relying on you, it also depletes…

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