Commentary

2nd Lt. Frank Luke: Heritage and readiness

Posted February 25, 2016 by by Master Sgt. MICHAEL HAMILL

On day one, as we lace our boots for the first time, our core values begin to be cemented within us. Every action we take and every decision we make molds the foundation for the path ahead. Our warrior ethos and our Airman’s creed pay homage to those who came before us, those who paved…

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Wolves at the door

Posted February 18, 2016 by by Lt. Col. HANK MCKIBBAN

I’ll start by stating I’m not running for president of the United States. I consciously avoid alarmist reactions. I know that 24-hour cable news is at best, only one part information and two parts entertainment, and I truly believe American ideals apply to all people regardless of age, sex, race or creed. That said, I…

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What is your locus?

Posted February 18, 2016 by Commentary by Senior Master Sgt. OLUWASINA AWOLUSI

Your first thought to the commentary’s title was probably “what do you mean?” Merriam-Webster defines locus as “a central or main place where something happens or is found.” So it basically means center. Now add the words “of control.” Locus of control is a lesson that first sunk in for me when I went to…

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Airpower starts here

Posted February 18, 2016 by by Master Sgt. CHARLES LOFTUS

I walked into a recruiter’s office looking for a change in my life on Feb. 11, 1999. What I knew about the Air Force was very little except what my two older brothers had told me. It all happened fast as I started my first day of Basic Military Training 14 days later. Once I…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted February 18, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Bucket list … I did it! I really did. On President’s Day I actually checked off one of my “bucket list” items. My wife and I went hiking in the White Tank Mountains. Not too impressive but, the fact that I have been on station for more than a year made this minor accomplishment that…

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Pride, professionalism, passion key to moral development

Posted February 11, 2016 by by Senior Master Sgt. JAVIER GONZALEZ

“There has never been a generation of servicemen and women so praised and appreciated as today’s warfighters.” — Senior Master Sgt.  Javier Gonzalez We are asked to internalize the Air Force core values from the onset of our careers and as we progress throughout the ranks. Despite what life puts in your path, we are…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted February 11, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Sing a song Full of the faith that the dark past Has taught us, Sing a song Full of the hope that the present Has brought us. ~ James Weldon Johnson These lyrics from the hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing” were written by James Weldon Johnson. This song, often called the Black National Anthem,…

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Volunteer for right reasons

Posted February 11, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. MICHAEL BATTLES

The word “volunteer” is a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service. In a given week, I’m asked three to four times why I volunteer my personal time as much as I do to organizations that are not my primary duty. The answer has and will always be the same,…

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Are you committed to the profession of arms?

Posted February 4, 2016 by by Senior Master Sgt. MARK JAMES

Have you “joined” the Air Force yet? If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re wearing a uniform with the words “U.S. Air Force” affixed to it and thus you’re probably confused by my question. My question means more than just your enlistment contract or appointment to a commission. It means a commitment to a…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … February 5, 2016

Posted February 4, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Capt.) James Lanford

Last Friday, I had the privilege of being a part of the memorial service for someone who was lost in a tragic accident. It was during that service I was reminded of the need to not only live well, but to do my best in all that I choose to do. The quote went like…

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