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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted October 9, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns

“Example is leadership. Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” ~ Albert Schweitzer We all set an example for others everyday as we live our lives. We may set a good example or we may be the poster child of what not to do. No matter your age,…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … December 18, 2015

Posted December 17, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” ~ Andy Rooney Andy Rooney poignantly describes what many families experience each year. He highlights what parents understand all too well – the reality that childhood is fleeting, that…

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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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What does TFI mean for Luke?

Posted September 1, 2016 by by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — With talk of manning at only 80 percent across the entire Air Force, having to do more with less sounds like a daunting task, but with Total Force Integration, it doesn’t have to be. The 944th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base is integrating with active-duty units to…

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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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Invisible wounds cause pain

Posted February 3, 2017 by by Special Agent PATRICK MCGEE

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — I’m an ambassador for the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program. As an ambassador, I’m an advocate for the program, and I work in my local area to plan events which bring our wounded together. It’s a concept of family helping family. We are all in this great big Air Force…

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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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