Commentary

It’s all about the hooks

Posted March 3, 2017 by Commentary and photo by Master Sgt. Benjamin Wilson

SOUTHWEST ASIA — High above Mosul, Iraq, a fighter pilot arrives on station. Now within 20 nautical miles of the target, the pilot arms the weapons on board and checks in with a joint terminal attack controller, identifying the call sign, position and combat load of munitions. The pilot can see explosions, small arms fire…

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SHIRT’S CORNER – First line leader need not be left out

Posted November 6, 2015 by by Master Sgt. BRANDY RUCKER

As experienced supervisors and leaders, are we empowering our junior leaders to spread their wings as supervisors and leaders at their level? Specifically, I’m referring to the day-to-day leadership roles within the work area. I can remember as a young staff sergeant, my team relied on me to motivate them, teach them and correct them….

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Overcoming failures opportunity for growth

Posted March 10, 2016 by by Maj. ERIC TUCKER

You will fail. The question is … how will you respond? This reminds me of a parable of the carrot, egg and coffee. A senior airman was distraught when he learned he did not make staff sergeant after his first time testing. His staff sergeant supervisor saw a teaching opportunity and the next day he…

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Ownership of work responsibilities reaps return

Posted December 10, 2015 by by Master Sgt. SHANE CUMMINS

Let’s look at the process of buying, owning and passing on a vehicle to a dependent. Typically you start by researching it from top to bottom. Next, you find the vehicle you like on a car lot and do a thorough once-over looking for any issues. After purchasing it, you ensure it will stand the…

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The “It’s not my problem” is a problem

Posted October 22, 2015 by by Tech. Sgt. JOSEPH SLAUGHTER

In an Air Force where being a leader at all levels is highly encouraged, it is becoming increasingly disturbing to me that people just do not seem to care. They are so focused on their particular area of responsibility, that when something new or unknown arises, they routinely brush it off as “not my problem.”…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … November 20, 2015

Posted November 19, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” ~ Aesop As the father of three I love telling Aesop’s Fables to my children. One such story is the simple yarn entitled “The Dog and His Reflection.” The story goes that a dog with a bone in his mouth was crossing a bridge. When he looked into…

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A premier alliance: 425th Fighter Squadron

Posted October 2, 2015 by by Lt. Col. JON FORINO

Aug. 9, 2015, marked the 50th Anniversary of Singapore’s Independence. The 425th Fighter Squadron is an operational squadron comprised of elite U.S. Air Force and Republic of Singapore air force personnel designated by an agreement between the U.S. and Republic of Singapore as PEACE CARVIN II. December of 2013 marked the 20 year anniversary of…

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Technology helps overcome deployment challenges

Posted April 6, 2018 by by Tech. Sgt. JAMES HODGMAN

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Military life is not easy. The men and women who serve in our armed forces protect our freedoms and way of life. They make tremendous sacrifices along with their families in service to our country. Service members often have to endure times of separation from their loved ones, from…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … The Pillar of Spirituality

Posted April 21, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain 1st Lt Derek C. VanderMolen

We all talk to ourselves, don’t we? Someone once quipped: “That is because we like the answers we get.” Funny as that might be (it is true enough), there is more to this phenomenon than that. More often than not, what we are really doing is talking with God, aren’t we? Time and again, this…

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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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