Commentary

Don’t underestimate importance of sacrifices

Posted July 6, 2018 by by Chief Master Sgt. MATTHEW LUSSON

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Feb. 19, 2015. MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations today, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April of 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman…

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OTS: ‘The assignment I never knew I needed’

Posted June 1, 2018 by by Capt. JOSHUA GOERSS

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Sometimes there are things in life that happen to you that are so unexpected you fail to comprehend their inherent value. Such was the case for me in my assignment to Officer Training School. OTS was an assignment that I was not expecting and had entirely no interest in….

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Lupus: An invisible disease

Posted June 1, 2018 by by Staff Sgt. OLIVIA DOMINIQUE

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — “You don’t look sick.” If I had a penny for every time I heard that statement, I would be a millionaire! But, I am sick. I have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, an autoimmune disease, which mistakenly attacks healthy tissues. It can affect the skin, joints, brain and other organs. In…

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Marvel’s Black Panther sets tone for leaders

Posted May 4, 2018 by by Col. CHERIE ROFF

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — My family and I had movie night a couple of weeks ago, and as I was watching, I was immediately struck by the leadership modeling prevalent in the movie. For years, Air Force Professional Military Education has had leaders watch the movie “Twelve O’Clock High” as a portrayal of leadership…

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Leaders remember “high-touch” tactics

Posted May 4, 2018 by by Lt. Col. CHRIS CARNDUFF

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — Technology has revolutionized our lives and the Air Force. Our high-tech culture and military are capable of unprecedented effectiveness and agility due to the speed of communication. In many facets of our personal and professional lives, technology gives us the ability to communicate rapidly and accomplish a variety of tasks…

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Days of Remembrance 2018

Posted April 30, 2018 by

Why do we remember the Holocaust? The Days of Remembrance allows Airmen to mourn the loss of so many lives, celebrate those who saved them, honor those who survived and contemplate the obligations of those living. Thanks to the Luke AFB Chapel for facilitating this year’s memorial and sponsoring The Hiding Room. All with base access are invited to stop by…

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Technology helps overcome deployment challenges

Posted April 6, 2018 by by Tech. Sgt. JAMES HODGMAN

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Military life is not easy. The men and women who serve in our armed forces protect our freedoms and way of life. They make tremendous sacrifices along with their families in service to our country. Service members often have to endure times of separation from their loved ones, from…

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New AETC strategic plan online

Posted March 2, 2018 by by Lt. Gen. STEVE KWAST

I’m excited to announce the new 2018 AETC Strategic Plan. Some of you may be wondering why we need a new strategic plan. While it would be tempting to rest on our laurels, our adversaries are certainly not resting. Today’s and tomorrow’s challenges demand that those of us who train and educate the force move…

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Move or die: Why speed matters, how troops can get faster

Posted March 2, 2018 by by Army Maj. NICK BARRINGER

Editor’s note: The following is an opinion piece. The writer’s views expressed here do not represent those of the Defense Department. An enemy soldier scans the horizon. He notices a flash of movement in front of him. He quickly aims at his target and sends 120 grains of lead flying toward it at more than…

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Help siblings adjust to new baby

Posted March 2, 2018 by

Having a baby can be an exciting time for families. It may also lead to a major adjustment period for any existing children involved, especially little ones. Being prepared, having patience and applying a strategic approach can help set a successful outcome. Here are some suggestions to help siblings feel more involved and secure during…

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