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Aftermath of a DUI: Who’s really affected?

Posted February 4, 2016 by by Master Sgt. ROBBIN ROBERTSON

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — I used to wonder if people would look at me differently if they knew. Would they whisper about me? Would they tell others what happened? Does anyone actually have the guts to ask me what happened? Are they looking at me as the girl who’s related to a child killer?…

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Are you getting the full experience?

Posted January 29, 2016 by Master Sgt. IDA BUSHEY

Master Sgt. Ida Bushey One role I have as a career assistance advisor is to assist Airmen interested in retraining from their current career field or Air Force specialty code. I often ask them, “Why do you want to retrain to another career?” The answers vary from, “I don’t like the people I work with,”…

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When opportunity knocks, answer door

Posted January 29, 2016 by Master Sgt. NEEL RODGERS

Throughout our time in the Air Force, whether for four years or 30, we are presented with many opportunities. The places we go and the duties we learn to do all lend themselves to new experiences that most Americans will never get. Those opportunities can be a key component to your success in the Air…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted January 29, 2016 by

Flat rate per diem explained What is it? The flat rate per diem rule changes for long-term temporary duty went into effect Nov. 1, 2014, and apply when government lodging and/or meals are not available at the TDY installation. Who is affected? Anyone assigned to a TDY of 31 days or longer is subject to…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … January 29, 2016

Posted January 29, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

“Sometimes you have to look reality in the eye and deny it.” ~ Garrison Keillor</b? American writer and entertainer Garrison Keillor is a master story teller. He, of course, is the creator of the mythical town of Lake Woebegone, Minnesota, (circa 1950s and 60s). A place where “all the men are good looking, all the…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … The desire to serve the Lord

Posted January 21, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain Fr. Ronald Metha

From the very first days of our Air Force careers we’ve heard of the Four Pillars of Comprehensive Fitness. All are essential to our wellbeing and that of the Airmen with whom we serve. Although most of the pillars, like physical, mental and social fitness are truly obvious, spiritual fitness needs cultivation. However, civil society…

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Mentoring evolves with new ideas, methods

Posted January 21, 2016 by by Master Sgt. ANTONIO MONTGOMERY

What does it mean to be a mentor this day and age? A few years ago, it held the meaning of having an experienced individual take you under his wing and guide or assist you when you came to new crossroads in life. Although this view has not changed much over the years, new techniques…

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Following nonnegotiables makes good leader

Posted January 21, 2016 by by Lt. Col. MATTHEW WARNER

An effective leader needs to have a couple of qualities that are nonnegotiable. First, leaders need to be credible in their profession. You don’t necessarily need to be the best, although this certainly doesn’t hurt, but you need to be respected professionally for people to follow you. No CEO, coach, team captain, teacher or any…

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Looking good or being good? What works best?

Posted January 14, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. MARCUS FARRELL

Leadership can be defined in many different ways. The American dictionary defines it as “the position or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group.” Most commonly leadership can be characterized as leading, setting the example. However, what is setting the example? Does setting an example mean you must do things…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … January 15, 2016

Posted January 14, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Capt.) Jesus Prado

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.” ~ T.S. Eliot Words are powerful. They have the ability to lift up and create, or the destructive force to tear down and dismantle. How can words — intangible utterances of speech — have such an impact upon our…

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