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Followership key to being a leader

Posted May 17, 2013 by Lt. Col. James Blackman

Maybe you played “follow the leader” at school during recess or in some neighbor’s yard down the street. It’s a fun game, requires no expensive equipment and can be played indoors or outdoors – just about anywhere. But the game only works if you actually follow the leader, and everyone else in line, well ……

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Positive attitude leads to success

Posted May 17, 2013 by Master Sgt. Corey Quinn

Everyone wants to be successful, and there are many books, internet tests, and programs people try to market and sell to guarantee that success. But, I believe your success is greatly dependent on your attitude. So, what is attitude? Attitude is defined as manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing;…

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MWD team takes training downrange

Posted May 17, 2013 by Senior Airman DAVID OWSIANKA

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Steven Bruner, 56th Security Forces Squadron kennel master, and Chrach, 56th SFS military working dog, pose in front of a Polaris Ranger vehicle in Herat Province, Afghanistan, during a deployment with an Army Special Operations Task Force West unit. The MWD team received a Bronze Star Medal for actions during their…

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Fly Over: ‘When in Doubt’, and ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’

Posted May 17, 2013 by Christine Tuler and Macario Mora

In bookstores: ‘When in Doubt’ My female hormones sometimes hijack my body. On one such occasion, I decided to read “When in Doubt, Add Butter” by Beth Harbison. The novel was like romantic crack, laden with optimism and romantic sweetness. It satisfied my hormones but left a bad taste in my soul, momentarily tricking me…

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CONS: Who we are, what we do

Posted May 10, 2013 by Maj. QUOC-NAM NGUYEN

When people ask me what my job is in the Air Force, I tell them contracting. The typical response is, “You’re a contractor?” Then, I have to explain that I am not a contractor but actually an active-duty Air Force officer who has been given the authority to spend taxpayer dollars in order to keep…

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Motivation: Starts with a goal

Posted May 10, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. JUAN HORTA

Last week when I visited family in California, my father mentioned to a family friend that I was in the Air Force. After exchanging pleasantries, he asked me how long I had been in the military, and I said, “Nine and a half years.” He fired back to me with a question that I hadn’t…

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Fly Over: The Great Gatsby’, and ‘Iron Man 3′

Posted May 10, 2013 by Macario Mora and Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz

In theaters: ‘The Great Gatsby’ Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” won’t go down as the definitive version of the classic of American letters, which is the fourth film to date, but it was certainly a lot of fun. Initially I was a bit confused why Fitzgerald’s drama would require 3-D;…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted May 10, 2013 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson,

“Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, ‘shake well before using.’ That is what God has to do with some of His people. He has to shake them well before they are ever usable.” ~ Vance Havner Have you ever felt abused or abandoned by others? What about from God Himself? Sometimes God has a…

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Emotional intelligence calls for controlled feelings

Posted May 3, 2013 by Lt. Col. GREGORY COLEMAN

There is no doubt that we are emotional people. Many of us have the ability to control and or hide our emotions better than others. Some of us wear our emotions on our sleeves.

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Following standards, expectations lead to life, job satisfaction

Posted May 3, 2013 by Airman 1st Class JOSHUA BIRD

As Airmen, we take pride in the quality work product and superior performance that naturally accompanies everything we set out to do. How is it though that these characteristics have become so deeply woven into the fabric of our existence as an organization? “Excellence in all we do.” If we desire to satisfy this core…

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