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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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You, too, can empower innovation

Posted October 31, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. CHRIS DEGRUYTER

Innovation is the lifeblood of progress. Without it we wouldn’t have the automobile, airplane or computer. We may have never made it to an industrial revolution. At every level of our species, from the individual level to the societal level, compelling change is how we grow, and it is innovators that drive this. In the…

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NCO squanders six-figure nest egg

Posted April 27, 2012 by by Lt. Col. Charles DeLapp

It sounds almost unbelievable, and I hope the headline grabs your attention, but unfortunately it is true. I, and many of my fellow squadron commanders, have had the responsibility of informing NCOs that not only would they be out of work, but they have also lost the opportunity to collect a $2000-plus per month retirement…

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Don’t be shy: If you write it, own it

Posted June 15, 2012 by by Maj. Allen Herritage

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Two past stories on the Air Force’s web page drew significant reaction in the site’s comments section. Both a story on finance troops being awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the news that Air Force Space Command was ending wear of flight suits by nonaircrew personnel drove more comments than any…

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CMSGT of AF talks technology

Posted July 27, 2012 by by Chief Master Sgt. James Roy

The United States Air Force is the world’s most advanced air, space and cyberspace force. Most of that can be attributed to you — our outstanding Airmen — but technology also plays a huge role.

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Somewhere in France

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Maj. JASON MITCHELL

“Your son Sergeant Roy T. Mitchell was killed in action in the Verdun Muse, offensive September 27, 1918, by an enemy shell. In expression of my sympathy to you and to other bereaved relatives and friends, I voice the sentiments of every man from Franklin in the A.E.F. and particularly those who know him best…

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A mentoring moment: What’s your motivation?

Posted November 16, 2012 by Col. YOLANDA BLEDSOE

What gets and keeps you going? Another way to ask this question is what motivates you? I firmly believe that when we know why we do something, we can use that as a compass to accomplish more. Knowing what motivates us will help us achieve our goals, both personal and professional. Growing up, many of…

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Leadership style must fit Airman

Posted February 15, 2013 by Master Sgt. KATHERINE MAHANA

Courtesy Photo Master Sgt. Katherine Mahana All of us have encountered different leadership styles in our careers. I believe different leadership styles work for different types of Airmen. We continue to grow as a diverse force every day and the only way to lead Airmen is to adjust your leadership style to them. Leading Airmen…

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Change management never easy

Posted April 19, 2013 by 2nd Lt. JOHN HOUSEMAN

Implementing change in an organization is never easy. More often than not, change fails on more than one level of an organization for many reasons. Maybe it’s lack of buy-in from those affected or a poor strategy from the start. Whatever the reason, change management is quite simple in theory, but in reality, it is…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted June 21, 2013 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barnes,

“The road to success is filled with many tempting parking places.” ~ Will Rogers Have you ever been late to a big event? Parking is impossible, but then you see it – the perfect parking spot. It may take a little finesse, but it shouldn’t be a problem with your driving skills. Something inside you…

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