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Dollars and Sense

Posted September 19, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

Planning for retirement is like taking a promotion test. Early preparation can improve success, and a strong test score opens doors for your future. It’s never too soon to think about test studying, and it’s never too early to think about retirement savings. Small decisions made in one’s 20s can make huge differences in life…

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Protection through detection saves lives

Posted September 19, 2014 by Master Sgt. RICHARD CRIM

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — I remember the words on signs like it was yesterday. All of the business marquees outside of Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, read “Where is Adam?” There were billboards offering rewards and advertisements in newspapers requesting information for the whereabouts of 4-year old Adam Finch. The year was 1997…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted September 19, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

Courtesy photo Walter Lipmann “He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable or dangerous to do so.” —Walter Lipmann  Walter Lipmann was a distinguished American journalist during a pivotal time in the 20th Century. What he has to say about honor sounds to me a lot…

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Fly Over: ‘Anomaly’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’

Posted September 19, 2014 by Timothy Boyer and Marcy Copeland

‘Anomaly’ Grammy Award winner Christian rapper Lecrae Moore, known by fans as Lecrae, released his newest album, “Anomaly,” which debuted as No. 1 in the iTunes charts. Lecrae entered the Christian rap scene in 2004 with his first studio album “Real Talk.” The album turned off many in the Christian community because of its direct…

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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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Advise Airmen of rights before asking questions

Posted September 12, 2014 by Master Sgt. ERIK BENSEN

Every day supervisors are faced with challenging scenarios and situations that require them to engage in efforts to help their Airmen. When this engagement is due to a negative act such as theft, damage to property or other possible legal violations, we must resist the instinct to question them directly. One scenario I am presented…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted September 12, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

Americans owe $1,200,000,000,000 in college debt (yes, that’s a trillion). According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, students hold an average of $29,400 in debt at graduation. That monthly debt repayment plan starts upon graduation and can easily top $1,000 a month. There are federal loan forgiveness programs (www.consumerfinance.gov) but the process can be complex…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted September 12, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

It was the Buddha who said, “A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.” The Jewish proverb says, “Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” These…

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Fly Over: ‘Angry Crab’ and Macronutrients: A way of eating healthy

Posted September 12, 2014 by Nestor Cruz and Grace Lee

‘Angry Crab’ Every now and then I get a craving for real seafood. I’m not talking about the type of seafood served filleted, breaded and drenched in fancy French nouveau-style sauce. I’m talking about unadulterated, fresh seafood pulled out of a tank and steamed or boiled with Old Bay seasoning. I’ve had some difficulty finding…

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Innovative followership, leadership

Posted September 5, 2014 by Maj. RAYMOND CHESTER

Innovate, innovate, innovate. We hear this all the time in today’s leaner military. It’s a rather catchy word and sounds very impressive. However, innovation has to begin somewhere. Can followers innovate? Can leaders innovate? I submit the answer to both questions is a resounding “yes.” Unfortunately, one thing that keeps us from challenging the status…

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