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Pride, professionalism, passion key to moral development

Posted February 11, 2016 by by Senior Master Sgt. JAVIER GONZALEZ

“There has never been a generation of servicemen and women so praised and appreciated as today’s warfighters.” — Senior Master Sgt.  Javier Gonzalez We are asked to internalize the Air Force core values from the onset of our careers and as we progress throughout the ranks. Despite what life puts in your path, we are…

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Introspection spurs us to be better

Posted April 28, 2016 by by Chief Master Sgt. JACK JOHNSON Jr.

NORFOLK, Va. — We are all created different. We think differently, perceive things differently and interpret success and failure through very different lenses. At each person’s unique period in life, he begins to look back, wondering if he truly made a difference. For many, that difference can only be defined by one’s self, regardless of…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted October 2, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

What’s on your bucket list? Two weeks ago I went on a chapel sponsored event to the Grand Canyon with Airmen from several bases. It was an inspiring event, and I particularly enjoyed making a trek into the canyon. I chose to turn around at the 1.5 mile mark — a decision I did not…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … September 11, 2015

Posted September 11, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Air Force life, indeed life in general, and religion have this in common — they are influenced and sustained by the use of symbols. Consider the symbols that mark our lives as Airmen. Our duty badges identify what we do, our unit seals identify which squadron we work in, and we have RMOs in our…

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For want of a nail

Posted March 3, 2016 by by Lt. Col. MICHAEL DUNN

A centuries old proverb states, “For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the battle was lost. For the failure of battle the kingdom was lost all for the want of a horse-shoe nail.” While in the modern Air Force…

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Ending silence opens door to triumph over abuse

Posted August 4, 2016 by

Editor’s note: The author’s name was redacted to protect the person’s identity. ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — I’m tired of the sound of silence. At a recent Green Dot leadership training session, I was asked to write down on a piece of paper an action I would do as a leader to help implement…

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The “It’s not my problem” is a problem

Posted October 22, 2015 by by Tech. Sgt. JOSEPH SLAUGHTER

In an Air Force where being a leader at all levels is highly encouraged, it is becoming increasingly disturbing to me that people just do not seem to care. They are so focused on their particular area of responsibility, that when something new or unknown arises, they routinely brush it off as “not my problem.”…

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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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Leadership lessons: Are you a team player?

Posted April 7, 2016 by by Maj. SCOTT SCHOFIELD

I was a young second lieutenant and my supervisor surprised me by asking, “Are you a team player?” on my mid-term feedback. I was mad. Things had come to a head between us after I had complained about being forced to “volunteer” at a unit fundraiser in September — by far contracting’s busiest month. Really,…

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The importance of mentorship

Posted November 12, 2015 by by Lt. Col. SCOTT LINCK

When I worked at U.S. Africa Command, the organization took steps to connect its member countries and cultures, to include referencing local proverbs during meetings. The most frequently mentioned saying was, “If you want to travel fast, travel alone; if you want to travel far, travel together.” This was an effective rallying cry that reminded…

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