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Adapt and overcome

Posted April 14, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer

PEORIA, Ill. (AFNS) —  My firstborn child recently turned 2 months old. Amidst the irresistible joy of having a new little buddy, I look back over these last eight weeks and wonder how my spouse and I survived. I am a writer, but there are no words I can find adequate enough to describe the…

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Be the ‘Wolf’, dive headfirst into job

Posted April 7, 2016 by by Col. ROBERT NOVOTNY

There are three meetings I attend every week, and they’re the most important meetings in my current job. The first is wing stand-up held three days a week where we cover the status of our aircrew, pararescuemen, all 81 combat aircraft, the airfield, communications and logistics. Our mission is simple — deliver precise combat power…

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Leadership lessons: Are you a team player?

Posted April 7, 2016 by by Maj. SCOTT SCHOFIELD

I was a young second lieutenant and my supervisor surprised me by asking, “Are you a team player?” on my mid-term feedback. I was mad. Things had come to a head between us after I had complained about being forced to “volunteer” at a unit fundraiser in September — by far contracting’s busiest month. Really,…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted April 7, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Blessed by a touch It was a chapel event, not unlike other chapel events in that it featured food as a part of the festivities. During the meal I greeted a couple from our congregation. They were enjoying their meal, and as I passed behind them I leaned over, placed my hands on their shoulders,…

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Take time to explain ‘why’

Posted March 24, 2016 by by Col. TODD OSGOOD

Good communication is a key element of successful organizations. As leaders, managers or supervisors, we’re sometimes so focused on communicating the “what” or the “how” that we fail to explain why the work someone is doing is so important. Other times, we make decisions that impact work priorities or cause significant change, but don’t explain…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted March 24, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

The other day I had a brief conversation with my doctor. When our conversation was nearly over he asked, “How are you chaplain?” Then he wondered out loud who took care of the chaplains. He said something to the effect of “Chappy, you check in on people all the time, who checks in on you?”…

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How to be happily married to the military

Posted March 24, 2016 by 393rd Bomb Squadron spouse

For those who have been married, do you remember when you got engaged and people would give you all kinds of unsolicited advice? I remember my aunt telling me that when you marry a man, you don’t just marry him … you marry his whole family. No one ever tells you that when you marry…

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March marks Brain Injury Awareness Month

Posted March 17, 2016 by by KAREN GUICE, M.D., M.P.P.

Often called one of the “invisible wounds of war,” traumatic brain injury is the result of a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Anyone can suffer a TBI, it can happen on the sports field, in your home or on the job. During March, the Military Health…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted March 17, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Capt.) James Lanford

One summer’s day, a grasshopper was enjoying the beautify day. He hopped about the fields and hills, singing and chirping to his heart’s content. Not long into the day an ant passed by his way, busy at work gathering food. Seeing the ant hard at work, the grasshopper implored the ant to come and play…

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Those left behind are separated but not alone

Posted March 17, 2016 by by Senior Airman LAUREN-TAYLOR LEVIN

As the dawn broke over the mountains, I woke up to the sun peeping through my window. Once I got up I went straight to the kitchen to make my family breakfast, yet in the back of my mind, all I could think about was, “How am I going to manage taking care of my…

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