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New EPR challenges status quo

Posted October 3, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. JASON BOYLE

The enlisted performance report is going to drastically change. These changes seek to combat inflated ratings, which have been a prevalent complaint from Airmen over the years. The change is right around the corner and many Airmen are asking themselves, “How will it affect future promotions, and what can I do to prepare my Airmen…

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AF needs Airmen to maintain identity

Posted November 14, 2014 by Master Sgt. SAMUEL SIMIEN

Some of us may remember playing the pool game “Marco-Polo.” Some of us may still use this game to entertain our children at the pool today. One player closes his or her eyes and repeatedly shouts out “Marco” while the other players tread water and respond “Polo.” All the while, they attempt to shift quickly…

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Stay out of rain; see bigger picture

Posted January 30, 2015 by Master Sgt. HEATHER TUFTY

Supervisors, you build and lead teams to the best of your abilities. You hold an umbrella of protection over your people, but what do you do when one of your members runs into the rain via a bad decision? Do you take your protective umbrella from other members to go cover your solo member? Or…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted March 20, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

Courtesy photo “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank Anne Frank’s posthumously published work, “A Diary of a Young Girl,” painted a picture of the sufferings that she and her family endured as they hid from the Nazi’s. It also showed the…

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Know how to manage your money

Posted May 18, 2012 by by Lt. Col. Brian Jackson

I was listening to the radio the other day and heard a staggering statistic: 78 percent of all NFL players are in some sort of financial distress three years after leaving the NFL. While divorce was cited as the most common cause, “basic financial irresponsibility” played a large factor. While I don’t know what the…

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Chaplain thoughts – June 29, 2012

Posted June 29, 2012 by Chaplain (Maj.) Scott Jobe, 56th Fighter Wing deputy chaplain

  “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” ~ John F. Kennedy (1917–1963)   Americans willing to put their country before themselves is the epitome of patriotism. As we approach the Fourth of July, let us truly celebrate and remember…

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Fly Over: “The Campaign”, “Space Marine”

Posted August 17, 2012 by by Macario Mora and Jayson Burns

Through the eyes of a foreign friend of mine Will Ferrell embodies the American male – unseemly, dull-witted, loud and ignorant, but with a ton of misguided confidence whose moral compass wanes in the presence of power, greed and faux beauty...

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‘Missing Man’ symbol of loss

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Capt. TODD ZIELINSKI

The missing man formation is one of the most profound demonstrations of honor and respect a flying unit can bestow. The very makeup and maneuvering of this formation demonstrates the concept of a cohesive team and how each member of that team counts. When a member of that team is lost, the others not only…

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Learning to lead comes from observing good, bad styles

Posted December 7, 2012 by Maj. QUOCNAM NGUYEN

One day, one of my Airmen asked me a question, “How do you know how to lead?” This simple question really made me think. Let me frame this from my perspective.....

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted March 8, 2013 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson,

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” ~ Galileo Galilei God not only gives us certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (Declaration of Independence), but He also blesses…

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