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Mentorship: Not just senior NCO thing

Posted December 6, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. BRIAN TISDALL

When people talk about mentorship, they may think of a senior NCO guiding an NCO or an Airman. However, this should not always be the case. Mentorship can occur at any level and is a useful tool for all Airmen. A mentor is someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced…

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Are you a complete Airman?

Posted January 31, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. MICHAEL HANSELL

There are many types of Airmen in today’s Air Force, but what type of Airman are you? Are you the type that comes in, does your job and goes home? Or, the one that does good work but isn’t interested in going above and beyond the minimum requirements? Or, are you a complete Airman? What…

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Time management key takeaway

Posted March 21, 2014 by Airman 1st Class JOSEPH ANSELMO

My family and friends ask me all the time, “What are have you taken away from your Air Force experience thus far?” This question typically brings to mind many things, but I give them the usual, “I have learned how to be more responsible and independent.” If there is one solitary thing I have pulled…

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The enlisted perspective: Now is the time for bold leadership

Posted May 11, 2012 by by James A. Roy

A week ago, I sent an email message titled Leadership vs. Policy to Command Chiefs and Career Field Managers. You may have seen that message, or parts of it, but I’d like to take this opportunity to address it with you directly. The theme of the message was that too much arbitrary guidance could prove…

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Make current job best so far in Air Force

Posted June 22, 2012 by by Col. Douglas Miller

I have the best job in the Air Force, and I’ve had it 14 times in my career. Soon to be 15, as a matter of fact. That’s because I’m a firm believer that you make your own success and opportunities, and that you make every assignment, every job, the best it can be.

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Fly Over: “Fighting”

Posted August 10, 2012 by by Capt. Tristan Hinderliter

The Thunderbolt staff seems to be on a mission to review every movie Channing Tatum has ever done, so I took one for the team and watched “Fighting,” his 2009 film about underground street fighting.

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Forty aces credited to 56th

Posted October 5, 2012 by by Lt. Col. JON WHEELER

The Air Force Historical Research Agency recently credited Capt. Eugene O’Neill Jr. with his fifth victory during World War II, making him the 40th ace of the 56th Fighter Wing. As I learned of this major milestone in our wing’s history, I couldn’t help but think back on one of the most rewarding experiences of…

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Fly Over: ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’, ‘Rise of the Guardians’

Posted December 7, 2012 by Jayson Burns and Macario Mora

In Video Stores: ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ Since the series first started, I’ve had very mixed feelings toward the “Resident Evil” movies. The first one I thought was a fairly decent video game adaptation, and the sequels “Apocalypse” and “Extinction” had some redeeming qualities despite being tremendously flawed. “Resident Evil: Afterlife” I think should be chopped…

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DUI – Decisions under the influence

Posted March 1, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. BRADLEY ROBERTS

First, let me start off by saying if you missed the 56th Fighter Wing Annual Awards banquet, you may have missed the opportunity of your Air Force career to learn from one of our greatest leaders and spokesmen, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Robert Gaylor, the fifth Airman to serve with that distinction….

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Fly Over: ‘Breaking Bad’, and ‘Hounded’ The Iron Druid Chronicles

Posted May 3, 2013 by Grace Lee and Christopher Hatch

On Netflix: ‘Breaking Bad’ Personally, I’m not the type to watch a television drama series unless it’s Korean drama, but since “Breaking Bad” was on the Netflix “top watched list,” I decided to give it a chance. The show begins with Walter White (Bryan Cranston), an over-qualified high school chemistry teacher, working a second job…

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