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In your comfort zone? Get out!

Posted August 1, 2014 by Master Sgt. PAUL SIRACUSA

Being promoted means you are ready to take on the next level of roles and responsibilities, but how do you prepare for the next level of responsibilities? One tactic that has worked for me is to step outside my comfort zone. By doing this, I’ve learned more about the Air Force and experienced more situations…

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Service before self, but don’t forget about self

Posted August 1, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. MARK ADAMS

As Airmen, we live and breathe the Air Force core values on a daily basis. However, don’t let our second core value, service before self, distract you from actually taking care of yourself. In my 13 years of active-duty service, there is one regret I hear most from people both in and out of the…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted August 1, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

Courtesy photo Winston Churchill “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~ Winston Churchill Knowing when to speak and when to be silent is a challenging part of our lives. We have to be able to parse out the situation; we…

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Fly Over: ‘The Princess Bride’ and ‘La Bamba’

Posted August 1, 2014 by Marcy Copeland and Nestor Cruz

‘Battle for the Planet of the Apes’ vs ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ “Battle for the Planet of the Apes” features the wonderful Roddy McDowall reprising his role as Caesar/ Cornelius in the fifth and final chapter of the Planet of the Apes Saga. Ten years have passed since the apes, led by…

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This Week in History

Posted August 1, 2014 by

One hundred and five years ago, the U.S. Army tested and accepted its first heavier-than-air aircraft, Signal Corps Airplane No. 1.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted August 1, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

All Airmen are required to revalidate their housing pay entitlements if they are receiving the Basic Allowance for Housing at the “With Dependent” rate or the “BAH-Diff” rate. In August, all Airmen having a social security number with the last two digits between 81 and 90 are required to revalidate. Revalidation requires each Airman to…

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Strong followers challenge authority

Posted July 25, 2014 by Lt. Col. CHARLES JONES

It’s not surprising that when I tell subordinates to challenge authority, I often get a look of confusion. Admittedly, this is a step used to provoke thought. Obviously, we don’t need subordinates undermining their leader’s authority. My intent is not to create insubordination — it is to underscore the importance of strong followership. Great leaders…

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Travel access, opportunities not to be ignored

Posted July 25, 2014 by Senior Airman LIAM MILBURN

Possibly one of the greatest and overlooked gifts we have in the military is our ability to travel. More often than not, we are stationed at bases around the world where we have the access and opportunity to travel and see the local sites. However, it happens way too often that we ignore those opportunities….

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Dollars and Sense

Posted July 25, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

Understanding the benefits of compounding are important. Would you rather take $1 million today, or take one cent today with a payment every day for 30 days, each payment doubling from the previous day’s amount? A wise person would take the penny today, because the compounding impact of doubling the previous amount results in a…

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This Week in History

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July 25, 1944: Operation COBRA For several weeks following D-Day, the U.S. Army was mired in Normandy’s hedgerow countryside. Hedgerows were a mix of woods, small farm fields and winding sunken roads that lay between low banks topped with rows of tall thick hedges. The hedgerows gave the German defenders considerable cover and they used…

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