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Mentoring without mentoring

Posted October 18, 2013 by Lt. Col. SHAMSHER MANN

It seems that about every other week, there is a new article about leadership in the Thunderbolt expressing myriad theories and pet practices that the author has found successful to use. Frankly, I believe that leadership is much simpler than we in the military make it out to be at times. I do not have…

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Airman trains for core-value experiences

Posted October 18, 2013 by Staff Sgt. LUIS SIMPSON

It was 3:30 a.m. and the temperature outside my armored truck was zero degrees Fahrenheit and the snow was coming down hard. I watched a figure on my thermal imager walk across the Polish-controlled forward operating base Ghazni, Afghanistan, and I thought to myself, “Who would be crazy enough to be out for a stroll…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted October 18, 2013 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns

“What we are finding is that religious involvement seems to be an unintended consequence, not the goal of people who become religious.” — Dr. Harold Koenig You’ve heard the saying, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away,” but can prayer keep the doctor away? Dr. Harold Koenig, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at…

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Fly Over: ‘Ip Man’, and ‘Grand Theft Auto 5′

Posted October 18, 2013 by Grace Lee and Devante Williams

‘Ip Man’ Being the Netflixer I am today, I came across a movie named “Ip Man” and honestly, I just looked at the high rating it earned and decided to watch it. “Ip Man” is a film from Hong Kong and is, to some extent, based on the life of Yip Man, grandmaster of the…

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Got wisdom?

Posted October 11, 2013 by Col. DANIEL SMITH

I remember a story about two friends deer hunting in the woods and as fortune would have it, they acquired their prey with one swift and timely shot. It was a large and heavy six point buck that would fill the freezer and keep their families fed through the winter months. They dressed the deer…

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Lead from the front

Posted October 11, 2013 by Master Sgt. CHRISTINE WAGNER

As a senior NCO, I often wonder if we are grooming our Airmen for success. Are we grooming NCOs to be responsible, to take seriously our core values, embrace them as we should so they become the future senior NCOs we need them to be? Are we grooming our Airmen to know that sometimes the…

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Shoplifting at Luke Exchange can ruin career

Posted October 11, 2013 by Army, Air Force Exchange Services

A young, up-and-coming Airman stops by the Luke Air Force Base Exchange to pick up weekly necessities. While browsing through the store, the Airman stops to admire the assortment of CDs. With money tight, the Airman decides to slip one into a pocket while no one else is around. What the Airman may not realize…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted October 11, 2013 by Chaplain (Capt.) Kevin Rash

“How you respond to the troubles in your life will go a long way toward whether or not you ever develop courage, ever develop patience, ever develop compassion, ever develop sobriety and humility, or ever develop any of those things. Don’t waste your sorrows.” – Dr. Timothy Keller Life is a gift! It’s also a…

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Fly Over: ‘Solomon Kane’, and the Anise Café

Posted October 11, 2013 by Jayson Burns and Nestor Cruz

On Netflix: ‘Solomon Kane’ Ever have that experience where one movie seems to be everywhere and looks fairly interesting, yet the effort and time just aren’t made to sit down and watch it? That happens to me more times than I like, and half the time the movie doesn’t prove to be worth it (You…

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Make it personal

Posted October 4, 2013 by Maj. DAVID LEMERY

In my opinion, leadership is most effective when it is personal. In a large organization, it is difficult to have a personal connection with everyone. Your personal leadership sphere of influence may be limited to one or two layers deep, but if they in turn made personal leadership a priority, it would drill down to…

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