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Dissent, better part of loyalty

Posted January 18, 2013 by Lt. Col. MATTHEW LILJENSTOLPE

How many of us have heard a new commander say, “I expect your loyalty, and I hope to earn your respect?” I believe that the meaning of this saying is often misinterpreted by its audience. The second half of that statement is easy enough to understand, but what do military commanders mean when they demand…

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Lead from the front

Posted January 18, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. AARON BARRIERE

I recently graduated from the NCO Academy at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. During the seven-week course we were given helpful tools meant to guide us on the path to becoming unit managers and senior NCOs. The course focused on topics from the profession of arms and team building concepts, to resource stewardship and negotiating….

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Fly Over: ‘Halo 4’, ‘Call of Duty’ Black Ops 2

Posted January 18, 2013 by Senior Airman Kate Vaughn and Airman 1st Class Devante Williams

In game stores: ‘Halo 4’ – Master Chief back for more Over the last decade, one video game has continuously raised the bar for all others. From its emotionally charged story line, to its unparalleled graphics and online experience, the Halo video game series continues to blow video gamers expectations out of the water. The…

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Chaplain thoughts – December 21, 2012

Posted December 21, 2012 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson,

“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.” ~ Mother Theresa How do you give hope to others? What actions do you take that instills hope in the people around you? During the business and “busy-ness” of the holidays,…

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Chill out, not stress out during holidays

Posted December 21, 2012 by LARA SMITH

It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. Yet for many, it’s anything but. “If the holidays have you overwhelmed, you are not alone,” said Kristin Musch, TriWest Healthcare Alliance Behavioral Health educator. “Expectations are high, to-do lists are long and the budget tight, which can result in sadness, anger, frustration and…

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Knowing ‘why’ powerful motivator

Posted December 14, 2012 by Capt. DAVID BREUER

Recently I’ve been making my way through a book called “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek who believes absolutely in the motivating power of the people you lead knowing the why of what they’re asked to do. Although this book and the majority of the analogies within are business centric, the message they convey can…

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Civilian volunteer at tax center gives back

Posted December 14, 2012 by LUCILLE WILLIAMS

I started volunteering at Luke Air Force Base Tax Center in January. It has been a great experience. As a retired high school teacher of 33 years, I have no affiliation with the military, but I enjoy being able to give back to them for all they have done. How can we help those who…

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Fly Over: ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’, ‘Rise of the Guardians’

Posted December 14, 2012 by Jayson Burns

On DVD: ‘Starship Troopers: Invasion’ It’s never fun being a fan of a series that constantly disappoints, as I’m sure most fans of the “Starship Trooper” films will confess. Now to handle the inevitable questions about the use of “film” in a plural sense, yes there have been direct-to-DVD sequels to the 1997 original and…

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Learning to lead comes from observing good, bad styles

Posted December 7, 2012 by Maj. QUOCNAM NGUYEN

One day, one of my Airmen asked me a question, “How do you know how to lead?” This simple question really made me think. Let me frame this from my perspective.....

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CSAF reading list worthwhile

Posted December 7, 2012 by Capt. TODD ZIELINSKI

Truth be told, it took me a few years of active-duty service before I fully realized what the “Chief of Staff Reading List” entailed. Like many, I heard the term thrown around, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized it was a relatively short list of books recommended each year by…

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