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Servant leadership applied

Posted March 1, 2013 by Master Sgt. ERIK BENSEN

Most of us have had a leadership class of some kind as we continue formal education or complete professional military education. In the process we have been exposed to many different leadership theories and the support behind each one. The Air Force does a great job of sifting through those and passing on the best…

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First sergeant nothing to fear; here to help

Posted April 26, 2013 by Master Sgt. DAVID MEACHAM

This goes out to everyone in the 56th Fighter Wing, “Do not be afraid of your first sergeant.” We are not the people some may portray us to be. I have heard many times during my six years as a shirt that the only people in the shirt’s office are getting in trouble. That is…

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Entrepreneurial talent found throughout military

Posted June 28, 2013 by Capt. RAYMOND FUNKE

When you think of an entrepreneur, perhaps an individual such as Henry Ford, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, or even the owner of your favorite local small business comes to mind. Quite often we think of entrepreneurs as men and women in the private sector who forge ahead on their own, armed with a dream, a plan…

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‘On the Road’

Posted August 30, 2013 by Tristan Hinderliter

Few books have meant as much to me as “On the Road,” Jack Kerouac’s sensational novel about his friendships and adventures in late 1940s America. I was 19 when I read it the first time, and it deeply resonated with me as it has for so many other readers over the past half century since…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted October 25, 2013 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns,

“I took a hard look at what’s smart and what’s stupid. I did see that it’s better to be smart than stupid, just as light is better than darkness (paraphrased).” ~King Solomon There was once a merchant who wished to sell fish heads to a customer and told him that fish heads are great brain…

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Self awareness — A key to leadership development

Posted December 20, 2013 by Lt. Col. MICHAEL EBNER

As part of our enduring quest to become better Air Force leaders we must always strive to develop ourselves. One way to do this is for each of us to build an accurate assessment of ourselves. Without a keen sense of self-awareness leaders can easily operate in the dark without regard to their subordinates’ attitudes,…

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Spiritual resiliency: ‘Smiley Face’ factor masks wounds

Posted February 14, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) DAVID BARNS

There is within all of us a yearning for purpose in life. This yearning drives us to seek success, influence and power, to solve problems, create or better our world. It motivates the athlete to push himself to the limit. It inspires the firefighter to have the courage to rush into a burning building. It…

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Be successful no matter where you are

Posted April 4, 2014 by Master Sgt. TRACY BUECHLER

It’s human nature to be competitive, and with the Air Force having to make tough decisions during force shaping, no one can afford not to be competitive. In order to be competitive in the Air Force, it will take a whole-person concept, which has been around for years and consists of work ethic, self-improvement and…

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“Daddy, you’re my hero!” Airman reflects on being a young parent

Posted May 16, 2014 by Senior Airman JASON COLBERT

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Jacob Leal, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter apprentice, poses during training at Luke Air Force Base. Being a young parent can be challenging in the best of conditions. Having a child while still in high school can hardly be considered the best of circumstances. Add to the mix joining the…

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Adaptability a ‘must’ in today’s Air Force

Posted July 11, 2014 by Capt. RYAN GARD

Three years ago, I entered the Air Force as a general dentist. After completing four challenging years of dental school, I was eager to serve in the Air Force and use my newly developed skills to provide quality care to Airmen. What I quickly came to realize was the misconception that dentistry would be my…

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