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Partnership: the Luke way

Posted October 29, 2015 by by Lt. Col. MIKE GETTE

A few years back, I went on a 365-day deployment and was struck by the international cooperation going into the fights in Iraq and Afghanistan. On a daily basis, I coordinated with folks from the United Kingdom, Australia, the Netherlands and France. On a routine basis, I worked with Canadians and dealt with representatives from…

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The importance of mentorship

Posted November 12, 2015 by by Lt. Col. SCOTT LINCK

When I worked at U.S. Africa Command, the organization took steps to connect its member countries and cultures, to include referencing local proverbs during meetings. The most frequently mentioned saying was, “If you want to travel fast, travel alone; if you want to travel far, travel together.” This was an effective rallying cry that reminded…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted January 29, 2016 by

Flat rate per diem explained What is it? The flat rate per diem rule changes for long-term temporary duty went into effect Nov. 1, 2014, and apply when government lodging and/or meals are not available at the TDY installation. Who is affected? Anyone assigned to a TDY of 31 days or longer is subject to…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted September 1, 2016 by Chaplain (1st Lt.) Derek VanderMolen

“You have to be willing to do more than the minimum. You have to be willing to sacrifice your rest and your free time to constantly improve.” ~Retired Lt. Cmdr. Rorke Denver As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by, and obsessed with, the special operations units in our military. Recently I…

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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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Analyzing failure, realizing success, who owns it?

Posted April 28, 2016 by by Col. RYAN SAMUELSON

Editor’s note: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Air Force, Defense Department or the U.S. Government. AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — “We have an issue. I’ll call him in and figure out why he failed to…,” said…

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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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Volunteer for right reasons

Posted February 11, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. MICHAEL BATTLES

The word “volunteer” is a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service. In a given week, I’m asked three to four times why I volunteer my personal time as much as I do to organizations that are not my primary duty. The answer has and will always be the same,…

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For want of a nail

Posted March 3, 2016 by by Lt. Col. MICHAEL DUNN

A centuries old proverb states, “For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the battle was lost. For the failure of battle the kingdom was lost all for the want of a horse-shoe nail.” While in the modern Air Force…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … December 18, 2015

Posted December 17, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” ~ Andy Rooney Andy Rooney poignantly describes what many families experience each year. He highlights what parents understand all too well – the reality that childhood is fleeting, that…

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