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Feedback essential to AF integrity

Posted March 10, 2016 by by Lt. Col. JOHN HANSEN

I was going through some old files, and I found a few notes that were written to me by the comptroller of a major command on several different occasions. One letter conveyed his best wishes on my birthday. A second one thanked me and my unit for our hospitality during his recent visit to the…

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Taking care of your Airmen?

Posted October 29, 2015 by by Master Sgt. MARC SELLERS

Many years ago I was just starting out as a young flight chief and senior NCO. I had traveled back east to attend the Maintenance Production Superintendent Course and was headed back home. After I dropped off my rental car I hopped on the bus that would take me back to the terminal. It is…

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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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Understanding sergeant’s words: ‘I’ve got your back’

Posted April 14, 2016 by by Chief Master Sgt. Patricia Yelverton

Seeing the newly selected staff sergeants recently brought back memories of when I was selected for staff sergeant. Actually, my thoughts went to the night I graduated Airman Leadership School. As I crossed the stage after receiving my completion certificate, my co-workers gathered to congratulate me and shake my hand. My supervisor, Staff Sgt. Todd…

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10 characteristics describe servant leader

Posted November 19, 2015 by by Master Sgt. AARON MILLER

Servant leader is a phrase that was first used by Robert K. Greenleaf in 1970 in an essay he wrote titled “The Servant as Leader.” In this essay, he described the concept as, “The servant leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious…

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Wolves at the door

Posted February 18, 2016 by by Lt. Col. HANK MCKIBBAN

I’ll start by stating I’m not running for president of the United States. I consciously avoid alarmist reactions. I know that 24-hour cable news is at best, only one part information and two parts entertainment, and I truly believe American ideals apply to all people regardless of age, sex, race or creed. That said, I…

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It’s a political world …

Posted October 9, 2015 by by Senior Airman JOSEHUA BIRD

It’s the most wonderful time of the [every four] year[s]. That magical period when you cannot enjoy seven minutes of your favorite sitcom without hearing all the juicy details describing presidential hopeful “X” stiffing his waitress on that tip 45 years ago. You get to engage in those riveting political discussions that turn you against…

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Looking back: Industrial Revolution changed world

Posted December 17, 2015 by by Senior Airman AUDRA STANTON

The Industrial Revolution changed the economic systems of the world. Without this transition in technology, our military wouldn’t be the same today. Europe was the first to thrive in this new revolution through economic and social reforms starting in the 1850s and quickly spread around the world. People became richer and were able to work…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted March 17, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Capt.) James Lanford

One summer’s day, a grasshopper was enjoying the beautify day. He hopped about the fields and hills, singing and chirping to his heart’s content. Not long into the day an ant passed by his way, busy at work gathering food. Seeing the ant hard at work, the grasshopper implored the ant to come and play…

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Partnership: the Luke way

Posted October 29, 2015 by by Lt. Col. MIKE GETTE

A few years back, I went on a 365-day deployment and was struck by the international cooperation going into the fights in Iraq and Afghanistan. On a daily basis, I coordinated with folks from the United Kingdom, Australia, the Netherlands and France. On a routine basis, I worked with Canadians and dealt with representatives from…

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