Commentary

Embrace diversity: Lead from front

Posted August 4, 2016 by by Col. GREG GILMOUR

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — Often times when we hear terms like diversity and inclusion, we think of them more as buzz words or a way to hold someone accountable for not doing the right thing. However, what does diversity actually mean to us in the Air Force? To me, it’s simple: place the right…

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Commentary

Tis season to drink responsibly

Posted December 1, 2017 by by Col. MAUREEN HARBACK

It’s that time of year when holiday parties and late night celebrations begin to fill our calendars and we look forward to spending time with family and friends to celebrate our own special reasons for the season. Every Christmas Eve, I celebrate my life, and I give thanks for being able to share the holiday…

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Commentary

Humility in leadership — people chief asset

Posted October 22, 2015 by by Maj. (Dr.) PATRICK FINKBONE

The definition of humility is “the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people.” This is not a trait we commonly attribute to our leaders. In fact, when we think of a leadership role we often imagine one who is telling others what to do and how to do it with…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … January 29, 2016

Posted January 29, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

“Sometimes you have to look reality in the eye and deny it.” ~ Garrison Keillor</b? American writer and entertainer Garrison Keillor is a master story teller. He, of course, is the creator of the mythical town of Lake Woebegone, Minnesota, (circa 1950s and 60s). A place where “all the men are good looking, all 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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Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Grace Lee
Commentary

Holiday budgeting important for new year

Posted December 14, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Grace Lee

Every year nearly 300 million Americans celebrate Christmas which entails not only spreading holiday cheer, but buying gifts for loved ones. While gift giving can be rewarding, the result can leave some financially unfit for the new year.

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Commentary

Chaplain’s thoughts … November 20, 2015

Posted November 19, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” ~ Aesop As the father of three I love telling Aesop’s Fables to my children. One such story is the simple yarn entitled “The Dog and His Reflection.” The story goes that a dog with a bone in his mouth was crossing a bridge. When he looked into…

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Commentary

What is your locus?

Posted February 18, 2016 by Commentary by Senior Master Sgt. OLUWASINA AWOLUSI

Your first thought to the commentary’s title was probably “what do you mean?” Merriam-Webster defines locus as “a central or main place where something happens or is found.” So it basically means center. Now add the words “of control.” Locus of control is a lesson that first sunk in for me when I went to…

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Commentary

Finding strength, resiliency through Air Force family

Posted May 5, 2016 by by Airman 1st Class CHRISTOPHER THORNBURY

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. — I joined the military to provide for my family, but I never expected the challenges my family would face and how we would evolve. When I enlisted in the Air Force, I joined another family without intent. This family has been with me ever since, especially during my family’s…

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook
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Challenge yourself, accomplish your dreams

Posted May 10, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook

Challenging yourself and accomplishing your dreams requires stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things. For one Airman, applying for the United States Air Force Academy was a step in the right direction toward achieving his goals.

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