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Developmental special duty: Are you ready to answer call?

Posted November 15, 2013 by Senior Master Sgt. LEROY RIDGEL

Recently, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody introduced an initiative referred to as “development special duty” that will enhance how we currently develop our enlisted force. Commanders will nominate their best performers to serve in select special duty positions to ensure, as the chief states, “we have the right enlisted Airmen in…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted January 24, 2014 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson

Courtesy photo Virginia Woolf “If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.” ~ Virginia Woolf Have you ever been around those people who just can’t seem to tell the 100 percent, honest-to-God truth, about themselves? You might even be that person? Integrity is the first core value…

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Find answer, don’t pass buck

Posted March 7, 2014 by Master Sgt. LARRY MORGAN

What do you do when your subordinate asks you a challenging question? The question could be about anything such as career progression advice, educational advancement, family emergencies or Air Force instruction clarification. How do you respond to your subordinate? Do you quickly pass the buck and refer him to the group superintendent, first sergeant, or…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted April 25, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

When active-duty members receive their last leave and earnings statement on active duty, the LES will state that their end-of-month paycheck will be withheld. This is normal. Their final paycheck will be calculated manually by a comptroller technician to include (if applicable) leave sellback, separation/severance pay, and unpaid debts along with their regular pay. For…

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Fly Over: ‘The Legend of Zelda’ or ‘Mario Brothers’?

Posted June 13, 2014 by Jason Colbert and Marcy Copeland

On Netflix: ‘The Legend of Zelda’ vs. ‘Mario Brothers’ “The Legend of Zelda” is an action adventure game series first introduced Feb. 21, 1986. It features a mixture of action, adventure and puzzle gameplay. It was created by Shigeru Miyamoto, Takeshi Tezuka and Eiji Aonuma, developed and published by Nintendo. The story and game center…

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In your comfort zone? Get out!

Posted August 1, 2014 by Master Sgt. PAUL SIRACUSA

Being promoted means you are ready to take on the next level of roles and responsibilities, but how do you prepare for the next level of responsibilities? One tactic that has worked for me is to step outside my comfort zone. By doing this, I’ve learned more about the Air Force and experienced more situations…

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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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You, too, can empower innovation

Posted October 31, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. CHRIS DEGRUYTER

Innovation is the lifeblood of progress. Without it we wouldn’t have the automobile, airplane or computer. We may have never made it to an industrial revolution. At every level of our species, from the individual level to the societal level, compelling change is how we grow, and it is innovators that drive this. In the…

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Are we mentoring our members to success?

Posted January 16, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. RICK STILES

The Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force approved the new Airman Comprehensive Assessment to be effective July 1, 2014. The ACA is not a change to the performance feedback program but a progression in the way we execute an overlooked opportunity to tell our subordinates what we expect…

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There’s no ‘I’ in team

Posted March 6, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. TOMMY BELCHER

Have you ever heard anyone utter the statement, “there is no ‘I’ in team,” only to be followed by the usual comeback, “There is no ‘we’ either?” In either instance, the person making the statement is correct from a literal standpoint. That being said, consider this: there is not an “I” in teamwork but you…

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