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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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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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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted February 18, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Bucket list … I did it! I really did. On President’s Day I actually checked off one of my “bucket list” items. My wife and I went hiking in the White Tank Mountains. Not too impressive but, the fact that I have been on station for more than a year made this minor accomplishment that…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted May 5, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

“I do not want followers who are righteous; rather I want followers who are too busy doing good that they won’t have time to do bad.” ~ Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk Nineteenth century Hasidic Rabbi Menachem Mendel’s words remind us that righteousness is not won by trying to be righteous. Rather it is something…

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Put the “I” in Airman

Posted October 2, 2015 by by Master Sgt. CHARLES LOFTUS

It is often spoken that each one of us is important to our mission. It may seem cliché when you hear it, but think about the impact of that statement. I am one of many master sergeants on this base, and the same can be said for any rank. So how is it that so…

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Labor Day: How it all began

Posted September 11, 2015 by by Airman 1st Class AUDRA STANTON

The first Monday of September we celebrate the holiday that recognizes the rights of the everyday worker. Labor Day is the product of the labor movement and dedicated to the social and economic achievements of Americans. It stands as a tribute to the contributions workers made to earn the working rights that exist today. In…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted March 10, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain Fr. Ron Metha

There is an ancient saying in Latin that reads “Carpe Diem” or in English, “Seize the opportunity.” It’s a saying that is often used in the business world, but is equally essential in every-day life. The scriptures relate many instances of people taking an opportunity that was not only risky but also one filled with…

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