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Performance feedback

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Master Sgt. JARROD COUNCIL

How many times have you looked at that line on the enlisted performance report that says, “Last feedback was performed on,” and had that sinking feeling in your stomach? Any experienced Air Force supervisor knows the feeling; the inadequate sensation that comes with overlooking a simple responsibility, albeit one with enormous potential impact. The importance…

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Chaplain thoughts – September 21, 2012

Posted September 21, 2012 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theodore Wilson,

“Hence we must be versatile, our tactics must be susceptible to change, and our commanding officers must have ingenuity and imagination.” ~ Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold Happy 65th Birthday U.S. Air Force! (Sept. 18, 1947). The words from General Arnold to a fledgling Air Force still ring so true today. Yes, our commanders must have…

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Fly Over: ‘The Woman in Black’, ‘The Master’

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Jason Burns and Macario Mora

On DVD: ‘The Woman in Black’ by Jayson Burns Despite being a big fan of horror movies, I don’t immediately jump to see every single one that hits the theaters. However, when I saw that ghostly face materialize right beside Daniel Radcliff at the end of the trailer for “The Woman in Black,” I knew…

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Disciplined Airmen lead to disciplined life

Posted September 14, 2012 by by Lt. Col. JIM UPCHURCH

As I prepared to prepare (procrastination!) for this commentary, I remember beginning the all important first step — brainstorming! I bounced from topic to topic, everything from the recent F-35 excitement to the roles supervisors have in today’s Air Force to what was on sale at the base exchange. I finally decided on a very…

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Fly Over: ‘Madden 13’, ‘Bunraku’

Posted September 14, 2012 by by Jayson Burns and Airman 1st Class Devante Williams

In stores: ‘Bunraku’ by Jayson Burns Once in a while I will come upon a movie by pure chance, either randomly searching through Netflix or looking at the “suggestions” column on IMDB.com. Most of the time, the movie wouldn’t be any good, completely worthy of its obscure status. On those rare occasions I find something…

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Chaplain thoughts – September 14, 2012

Posted September 14, 2012 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theodore Wilson,

“Today, we gather to be reassured that God hears the lamenting and bitter weeping of Mother America because so many of her children are no more. Let us now seek that assurance in prayer for the healing of our grief stricken hearts, for the souls and sacred memory of those who have been lost.” ~…

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Fly Over: “Lawless”, “Age of Aztec”

Posted September 6, 2012 by By Macario Mora and by Jayson Burns

“Lawless” a prohibition-era true story about three bootlegging brothers is a visually compelling and superbly acted film derived from Matt Bondurant’s 2008 family novel “The Wettest County in the World.” Set in the 1930s Virginia backwoods, brothers Forrest, Howard and Jack Bondurant produce a highly intoxicating brand of moonshine, White Lightning, and sell their wares…

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Chaplain thoughts – August 31, 2012

Posted August 31, 2012 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theodore Wilson

“If I have been injured by another, let me think (to) myself – How much better to be the sufferer than the wrongdoer!” ~ R. C. Chapman R. C. Chapman was a great theologian from the mid to late 1800s in England and had a unique way of putting things in a proper and spiritual…

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Fly Over: “Killer Joe”, “Hope Springs”

Posted August 31, 2012 by by Airman 1st Class Grace Lee and by Macario Mora

In theaters: The plot is simple enough. The acting is great, but there is something frustrating about the Lone Star state. Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) asks his sister Dottie (Juno Temple) “what’s so special about Texas? What is there to do here? It’s big, there’s lots of space to walk.” It sounds rather boring and…

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Leaders must empower those who follow

Posted August 31, 2012 by by Col. NICOLA CHOATE

As military officers, we exist as part of a chain-of-command. As part of that chain we are both responsible to those above us in the chain, to meet their expectations and follow their directions, while at the same time empowering the people below us to make their own decisions and allowing them to grow in…

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