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Dollars and Sense

Posted February 21, 2014 by 56th CPTS

“Military Saves Week is Feb. 24 through March 1. Your financial fitness and personal readiness are critical aspects toward overall health and satisfaction. Learning good financial habits early in life strengthens the ability to capture opportunities in the future, such as financial freedom and security. Fewer than 50 percent of Americans say they have a…

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Three steps to avoid ‘toxic leadership’

Posted April 11, 2014 by Lt. Col. CHRISTOPHER BACON

Toxic leadership. Sadly, this term has recently become vogue in the lexicon of the Defense Department to describe leaders possessing unfavorable leadership characteristics and whose actions eventually rot an organization from the inside out. Examples of these leaders drape across the weekly headlines and sound bites of newspapers, radio and television. “Leaders” who become drunk…

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Good followers necessary for effective leaders

Posted May 30, 2014 by Staff Sgt. TIMOTHY BOYER

It is perhaps one of the most difficult duties of an Airman, yet one which we tend not to talk about after Basic Military Training or technical training. We are taught throughout our careers how to be effective leaders, but somewhere in the focus to become effective leaders, we lose the focus on being a…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted July 18, 2014 by 56th CPTS

Many entry-level jobs are characterized by significantly low wages and unpredictable schedules. If you find yourself in this type of scenario, savings, second jobs, affordable loans and child care are all but impossible to arrange. Inescapable poverty changes the way we think about money and time, as short-term concerns glare so blindly that it’s almost…

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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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Chaplain thoughts – April 13, 2012

Posted April 13, 2012 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theodore Wilson, 56th Fighter Wing Chapel

“Don’t you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” ~ Thomas Jefferson As people of faith, I would argue that faith must be put into action or it is not really faith. An old song tells us that faith without action “is about as useless as a screen door on a submarine.”

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Focus On Appearance June 1, 2012

Posted June 1, 2012 by Presented by Luke AFB Focus 56

Body piercings: In uniform, Airmen are prohibited from attaching, affixing or displaying objects, articles, jewelry, or ornamentation to or through the ear, nose, tongue, or any exposed body part including visible through the uniform. Women may wear one set of earrings. The same rule applies to all personnel when off duty and on a military…

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First impressions hard to reverse

Posted July 13, 2012 by by Master Sgt. Michael Hansell

As members of the United States Air Force we have a duty to uphold a professional image no matter when or where we are and whether we are on or off duty. This includes our personal appearance, conduct and behavior 24/7.

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Effective leadership requires both iron hand, velvet glove

Posted August 31, 2012 by by Master Sgt. BRIAN VIDRINE

Gen. George Patton said, “A leader is a man who can adapt principles to circumstances.” In short, as varied the situations we find ourselves in as leaders, so too are the potential approaches we take to leadership. When I was entrusted to serve as the 56th Medical Group’s first sergeant, my first emotions were fear…

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Fly Over: ‘Lolita’, ‘Revan’

Posted November 9, 2012 by

In bookstores: ‘Lolita’ by Macario Mora I was raised differently than many of my privileged friends. When I was grounded for partaking in mischievous childhood adventures, I wasn’t denied certain paltry rights like TV or video games; I was denied my freedom. Instead of a slap on the wrist for punching a cat or terrorizing…

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