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Dollars and Sense

Posted February 28, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

If you are a federal employee covered by the Federal Employees’ Retirement System or the Civil Service Retirement System, you may make regular or catch-up thrift savings plan contributions immediately upon employment. If you are covered by FERS, you may also receive matching agency contributions. All eligible employees are automatically enrolled in TSP at a…

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Comprehensive support system helps unit resiliency

Posted April 18, 2014 by Maj. SEAN GIBBS

In today’s Air Force environment of force restructure, budgetary constraints, continued mission requirements and resiliency, establishing a comprehensive support system in a unit is absolutely essential for success. Each organizational tier, whether at the element, flight or squadron level, must be resilient and have support mechanisms in place to not only meet, but exceed daily…

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This Week in History

Posted June 6, 2014 by Rick Griset

Courtesy photo D-Day: Off the Normandy coast, Soldiers crowded in a landing craft June 6, 1944, await their turn to land on the beach. June 6, 1944: Operation NEPTUNE (D-Day) The largest invasion in world history occurred 70 years ago today on the Normandy Peninsula in France, code named Operation NEPTUNE. It is often simply…

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Strong followers challenge authority

Posted July 25, 2014 by Lt. Col. CHARLES JONES

It’s not surprising that when I tell subordinates to challenge authority, I often get a look of confusion. Admittedly, this is a step used to provoke thought. Obviously, we don’t need subordinates undermining their leader’s authority. My intent is not to create insubordination — it is to underscore the importance of strong followership. Great leaders…

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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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Red Ribbon reminder to be drug free

Posted October 24, 2014 by JENNIFER DEANS

Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was kidnapped, tortured and brutally murdered on Feb. 7, 1985, by Mexican drug traffickers. After the murder of Agent Camarena citizens of his hometown of Calexico, California, wore red ribbons in his honor. This marked the beginning of the oldest and most visible prevention awareness campaign in the…

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Decide what you like, act on it

Posted April 20, 2012 by by Master Sgt. David Garcia

Some might think that volunteering is just something people do to appease their boss. Others might think that volunteering is something people do to get promoted. Both of those thoughts might be true, but the main reason people volunteer is because it makes the base, town and the world a better place. It also makes…

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Like Boy Scouts, be prepared

Posted June 8, 2012 by by Chief Master Sgt. Scott Leach

The Air Force does a great job in preparing Airmen when a deployment tasking comes down. Our members perform weapons qualification, ancillary training and even enact wills and powers-of-attorney for family members. The irony of this issue is that we do this to get ready for a deployment, but many Airmen forget to stay prepared…

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Fly Over: ‘Welcome to the Fishbowl’

Posted July 27, 2012 by By Capt. Tristan Hinderliter

I’m sorry to say that “Welcome to the Fishbowl,” Kenny Chesney’s 15th studio album released June 19, doesn’t add any new classics to the Chesney canon and comes as a bit of a disappointment...

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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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