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Comprehensive support system helps unit resiliency

Posted April 18, 2014 by Maj. SEAN GIBBS

In today’s Air Force environment of force restructure, budgetary constraints, continued mission requirements and resiliency, establishing a comprehensive support system in a unit is absolutely essential for success. Each organizational tier, whether at the element, flight or squadron level, must be resilient and have support mechanisms in place to not only meet, but exceed daily…

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This Week in History

Posted June 6, 2014 by Rick Griset

Courtesy photo D-Day: Off the Normandy coast, Soldiers crowded in a landing craft June 6, 1944, await their turn to land on the beach. June 6, 1944: Operation NEPTUNE (D-Day) The largest invasion in world history occurred 70 years ago today on the Normandy Peninsula in France, code named Operation NEPTUNE. It is often simply…

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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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‘The butterfly effect’

Posted September 12, 2014 by Maj. HANK MCKIBBAN

Shortly after taking command, the Wild Duck Aircraft Maintenance Unit officer in charge requested I explain to his Airmen exactly what the pilots would be doing on training missions during an upcoming temporary duty. I was embarrassed that he had to ask. In this specific case, I had thoughtlessly kept these details from our closest…

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Red Ribbon reminder to be drug free

Posted October 24, 2014 by JENNIFER DEANS

Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was kidnapped, tortured and brutally murdered on Feb. 7, 1985, by Mexican drug traffickers. After the murder of Agent Camarena citizens of his hometown of Calexico, California, wore red ribbons in his honor. This marked the beginning of the oldest and most visible prevention awareness campaign in the…

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Fly Over: ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ and ‘Home Alone′

Posted December 19, 2014 by Nestor Cruz and Devante Williams

On DVD: ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ I love Westerns, both dramatic and comedic, and I was eager to watch this movie with the tagline “From the guy who brought you ‘Ted.’” That alone should have been enough of a warning for me. “A Million Ways to Die in the West” is…

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Resource management — Doing more with less

Posted February 27, 2015 by Senior Master Sgt. MICHAEL SCHRICK

Since I joined the Air Force in 1992, our manpower and resources have been gradually reduced with no obvious change to the mission we support. While this has been labeled “doing more with less,” I don’t believe we’re truly doing any more than we did when I entered the military 22 years ago. We seem…

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Planning for your future equals success

Posted April 17, 2015 by Senior Master Sgt. MYESHIA LEE

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” ~ William Arthur Ward Success does not happen accidentally, it takes detailed planning and a vision of the future. I remember the day before I left for basic military training, I tried to imagine what my future…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted June 12, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns

The power of the penny It has been said, “Money can’t buy happiness.” While that may be true on an individual level, I believe that in community it can provide a measure of happiness. In Africa many children have been orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. I dare say there is not much happiness in the…

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Decide what you like, act on it

Posted April 20, 2012 by by Master Sgt. David Garcia

Some might think that volunteering is just something people do to appease their boss. Others might think that volunteering is something people do to get promoted. Both of those thoughts might be true, but the main reason people volunteer is because it makes the base, town and the world a better place. It also makes…

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