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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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‘Guts’ required to enforce standards

Posted October 17, 2014 by by Master Sgt. LARRY MORGAN Jr.

A few years ago, a fellow senior NCO requested I talk to her subordinate about her appearance, specifically pertaining to her hair. Naturally, I asked about what the issue was and why she couldn’t have a discussion with her own subordinate. The senior NCO replied that the subordinate was African American and she wore her…

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Fly Over: ‘Republic Ramen + Noodles’ and ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′

Posted December 12, 2014 by Nesto Cruz and Grace Lee

Dining out: ‘Republic Ramen + Noodles’ One of my past editors once told me a good writer worth his salt can write a story about a ham sandwich and people will want to read it. So my question is: how does one write a good story about a bowl of soup? There are several places…

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Forgetting past leads to repeating it

Posted February 13, 2015 by Senior Airman SPENCER BROCKMAN

On Jan. 17, 1991, Operation Desert Storm was initiated by the U.S. to liberate Kuwait from the forces of Saddam Hussein, the Iraq dictator. Leading up to this event, Hussein had invaded the country of Kuwait Aug. 2, 1990. He targeted Kuwait due to its extensive supply of oil and his belief that Kuwait was…

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308th FS rich history, poignant ending

Posted April 10, 2015 by Lt. Col. CHRISTOPHER BACON

After 21 years of continuous service as an F-16 Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, the 308th Fighter Squadron, recently recognized the 2014 Top Fighter Squadron in the 56th Operations Group, will close its doors this summer. Given this sad fact, it is only appropriate that this week’s Thunderbolt commentary focus on this highly…

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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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