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‘The butterfly effect’

Posted September 12, 2014 by Maj. HANK MCKIBBAN

Shortly after taking command, the Wild Duck Aircraft Maintenance Unit officer in charge requested I explain to his Airmen exactly what the pilots would be doing on training missions during an upcoming temporary duty. I was embarrassed that he had to ask. In this specific case, I had thoughtlessly kept these details from our closest…

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Advise Airmen of rights before asking questions

Posted September 12, 2014 by Master Sgt. ERIK BENSEN

Every day supervisors are faced with challenging scenarios and situations that require them to engage in efforts to help their Airmen. When this engagement is due to a negative act such as theft, damage to property or other possible legal violations, we must resist the instinct to question them directly. One scenario I am presented…

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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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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted September 12, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

It was the Buddha who said, “A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.” The Jewish proverb says, “Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” These…

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Fly Over: ‘Angry Crab’ and Macronutrients: A way of eating healthy

Posted September 12, 2014 by Nestor Cruz and Grace Lee

‘Angry Crab’ Every now and then I get a craving for real seafood. I’m not talking about the type of seafood served filleted, breaded and drenched in fancy French nouveau-style sauce. I’m talking about unadulterated, fresh seafood pulled out of a tank and steamed or boiled with Old Bay seasoning. I’ve had some difficulty finding…

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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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How to know everything, yet know nothing

Posted September 5, 2014 by Capt. Jessica Roland

You have probably heard the adage, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” What does this really mean? I’ve personally heard it referenced when discussing promotions, but I’ve also heard it when talking about getting things done. These are really interrelated. If you can work your boss’s boss’s priority, you can become your…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted September 5, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Kittle

Eyes front! According to The Military Dictionary of 1853, this is, “a word of command given after the dressing in line is completed, on which the Soldier is to look directly forward.” I want to encourage us to carry out this command in our daily lives. The Apostle Paul summarized his goal in life as…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted September 5, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

Military members cannot carry more than 75 days of leave into the new fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1. Leave in excess of 75 days will be lost, unless the special leave accrual rules in Chapter 10 of AFI 36-3003 apply. Defense Finance and Accounting Service may automatically carry forward up to 60 days when…

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Fly Over: ‘Kingdom Hearts’ and ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’

Posted September 5, 2014 by Marcy Copeland and James Hensley

‘Kingdom Hearts’ “Kingdom Hearts” was released in 2002 for the Play Station 2 gaming console. The game introduces the main character, Sora, who travels from various worlds to unlock the keyholes of each and to stop the Heartless from leading the universe into darkness. Sora, along with his friends Riku and Kairi, dream of leaving…

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