Commentary

Balancing work, life strengthens identity

Posted June 30, 2016 by by Maj. NAOMI HENIGIN

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — As the Air Force focuses on resiliency for our Airmen and their families, concepts like work-life balance have received renewed consideration. The health benefits of maintaining a balance between our career identity and our “true self,” the one typified by the activities we engage in outside of work, has…

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Pride, professionalism, passion key to moral development

Posted February 11, 2016 by by Senior Master Sgt. JAVIER GONZALEZ

“There has never been a generation of servicemen and women so praised and appreciated as today’s warfighters.” — Senior Master Sgt.  Javier Gonzalez We are asked to internalize the Air Force core values from the onset of our careers and as we progress throughout the ranks. Despite what life puts in your path, we are…

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The importance of mentorship

Posted November 12, 2015 by by Lt. Col. SCOTT LINCK

When I worked at U.S. Africa Command, the organization took steps to connect its member countries and cultures, to include referencing local proverbs during meetings. The most frequently mentioned saying was, “If you want to travel fast, travel alone; if you want to travel far, travel together.” This was an effective rallying cry that reminded…

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Solo student handles in-flight emergency

Posted November 4, 2016 by by DEBORAH LEUTHOLD with PHIL CORBELL

A Buckeye, Arizona, man maintained calm while following his training when he responded to an in-flight emergency that resulted in a safe landing of the airplane with no damage to pilot or aircraft. Nick Sherman, 18, took off from Glendale Municipal Airport during a training solo and was not expecting to deal with a broken…

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Pride, professionalism, passion core to ethical maturity

Posted December 10, 2015 by by Master Sgt. JAVIER GONZALEZ

We are asked to internalize the Air Force core values from the onset of our careers. And as we progress through the ranks, despite what life puts in our path, we are reminded to not only internalize them, but epitomize them. Regardless of your status as a basic trainee or chief master sergeant, we have…

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Calling all millennials: Fight for your reputation

Posted September 1, 2016 by Story and graphic by Senior Airman CHIP PONS

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, RANDOLPH, Texas — As the debate over a massive generational gap within the military becomes more prevalent, members within different generational groups should pause and consider what each contributes to mission success, rather than what makes one better than the other. Yes, I am technically a millennial; however, I am so…

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Commentary

Celebrating National American Indian Heritage Month

Posted November 2, 2018 by Dr. ROBERT KANE

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Nov. 19, 2015. MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — During November, Americans celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month. On Nov. 11, Americans also celebrate Veterans Day. Through these two observances, Americans can celebrate not only the significant contributions of American Indians and Alaska natives to our heritage and…

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Lt. has ‘Georgia on my mind’

Posted June 2, 2016 by by 1st Lt. Justin Lewis

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Republic of Georgia Army Pvt. 1st Class Vasil Kulijanishvili was patrolling the perimeter of Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, with his unit Sept. 22, 2015, as one of 885 Georgian soldiers supporting NATO’s Operation Resolute Support when he was attacked and killed by Taliban militants. The next day, Georgian Prime Minister…

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Commentary

Cadet reflects on importance of diversity

Posted September 6, 2018 by by Cadet 2nd Class STEVEN LUNA

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Sept. 17, 2014. U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — America is great for a vast number of reasons and although we can point out many reasons why our country is so remarkable, I say we owe our success largely to our diverse backgrounds and culture within our nation….

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Chaplain’s thoughts … September 11, 2015

Posted September 11, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Air Force life, indeed life in general, and religion have this in common — they are influenced and sustained by the use of symbols. Consider the symbols that mark our lives as Airmen. Our duty badges identify what we do, our unit seals identify which squadron we work in, and we have RMOs in our…

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