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Aftermath of a DUI: Who’s really affected?

Posted February 4, 2016 by by Master Sgt. ROBBIN ROBERTSON

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — I used to wonder if people would look at me differently if they knew. Would they whisper about me? Would they tell others what happened? Does anyone actually have the guts to ask me what happened? Are they looking at me as the girl who’s related to a child killer?…

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‘Cost’ of job includes what doesn’t get done

Posted April 21, 2016 by by Lt. Col. TIM PURCELL

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — My 5-year-old son recently lost his first tooth and was ecstatic to buy something with the money he received from the tooth fairy. A couple days later, he counted out a few dollars from his piggy bank and asked if we could go to the store to buy a…

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Improve relations from top down

Posted December 4, 2015 by by Lt. Col. JASON HOKAJ

“Commander’s intent” is a doctrinal term used in planning combat missions to communicate a desired end-state to subordinates. It describes a goal and timeline, and includes an acceptable level of risk. It is purposely vague in how to reach the goal. This is so subordinates can infuse their own expertise and information into the plan…

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Make a difference in someone else’s life today

Posted February 25, 2016 by by Chief Master Sgt. MIKE HEATH

Will you make a difference in someone’s life today? We have all heard someone say, “Take care of your people and their families.” Have you ever stopped to think why we hear this so often? As Airmen, our number one responsibility is to accomplish the mission. However, without smart, dedicated, hard-working people and the unconditional…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted June 30, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

A message for every Airman, especially Chaplain Corps personnel: It’s a privilege to serve I shared something similar to this with my team recently. If it sounds a little preachy, well consider the fact that I’m a chaplain … Hope you enjoy it. You’ve been given the privilege of serving in the U.S. Air Force….

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted October 16, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Capt.) James Lanford

Take a break and rejuvenate Three weeks ago, I had the opportunity to take some time away from work and enjoy the beach, beautiful sunsets, friends and the stillness of holding my wife’s hand without kids on our anniversary getaway.  It was a time to relax, remember how it all started, celebrate the many milestones,…

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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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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted March 24, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

The other day I had a brief conversation with my doctor. When our conversation was nearly over he asked, “How are you chaplain?” Then he wondered out loud who took care of the chaplains. He said something to the effect of “Chappy, you check in on people all the time, who checks in on you?”…

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Aim High, Airmen!

Posted November 6, 2015 by by Lt. Col. GREGORY MAYER

I firmly believe the best things in life are the triumphs that make you proud – the ones that do not come easy. All of the things I consider to be my greatest accomplishments have required sustained effort. Obtaining my degree, being commissioned into the Air Force, passing my certification exam and running a half…

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Are you committed to the profession of arms?

Posted February 4, 2016 by by Senior Master Sgt. MARK JAMES

Have you “joined” the Air Force yet? If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re wearing a uniform with the words “U.S. Air Force” affixed to it and thus you’re probably confused by my question. My question means more than just your enlistment contract or appointment to a commission. It means a commitment to a…

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