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Bridges: build, don’t burn

Posted October 24, 2014 by Senior Airman JEFFREY MAKI

Have you heard the phrase “don’t burn your bridges?” This idiom is used to describe the importance of not ending a relationship on a bad note. In this case, the relationship is your military career. For example, when you build professional relationships you are networking or laying the foundation for the building of a bridge….

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted December 19, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

Courtesy graphic Do we have the humility and strength to hear the truth from those beneath us? “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field … All they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.” ~ Luke 2:8, 18 Someone once said, “If you…

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Situational awareness

Posted February 27, 2015 by Master Sgt. BRANDON CHRISTIAN

Throughout my career, the importance of situational awareness has been driven into my head. This became exceedingly clear to me when I landed in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. It was March 17, 2003, about 48 hours until Operation Iraqi Freedom kicked off. We were busy building tents, making bunkers and preparing to execute the mission. Doing…

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Tuition assistance — a great benefit

Posted April 17, 2015 by Master Sgt. CLIFTON BERGER

In my opinion, tuition assistance is one of the best benefits that we as active-duty military members have available. During my 17 years in the Air Force, I have seen this benefit increase from 75 percent of tuition being paid to 100 percent. Additionally, most of us experienced this benefit being eliminated for a short…

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Fly Over: ‘Young Adult’

Posted April 27, 2012 by by Capt. Tristan Hinderliter

Charlize Theron is tremendous as the gorgeous but deeply troubled antihero of “Young Adult,” a dark comedy with a hard edge by director Jason Reitman. The screenplay was written by Academy Award-winner Diablo Cody, but fans of “Juno” beware: this is no quirky, light-hearted comedy. Cody’s brutally honest script pulls no punches. Although unsympathetic, Theron…

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Fly Over: ‘The Giant Mechanical Man’

Posted June 15, 2012 by by Capt. Tristan Hinderliter

Chris Messina is the only redeeming element (and even then, only partly redeeming) in the lackluster 2012 romantic comedy, “The Giant Mechanical Man,” an independent film that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. Messina has good on-screen presence, but unfortunately his performance doesn’t...

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Fly Over: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

Posted July 27, 2012 by By Senior Airman C.J. Hatch

Did we want a new Spider-Man movie? Not really. Did we need to see the origin story redone? Possibly. Did that stop the movie from being amazing? No.

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Fly Over: ‘The Woman in Black’, ‘The Master’

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Jason Burns and Macario Mora

On DVD: ‘The Woman in Black’ by Jayson Burns Despite being a big fan of horror movies, I don’t immediately jump to see every single one that hits the theaters. However, when I saw that ghostly face materialize right beside Daniel Radcliff at the end of the trailer for “The Woman in Black,” I knew…

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What does ‘Old Glory’ mean?

Posted November 9, 2012 by Master Sgt. SHERIS POISSON

In any society, its heritage or legacy is fashioned and passed on by each generation. The Air Force is no different. The Air Force is a society and each new generation of Airmen has the duty and responsibility of carrying on the heritage. As leaders, you must celebrate our rich history and ensure the newest…

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Who, what do you serve?

Posted February 8, 2013 by Lt. Col. SHAMSHER MANN

How many articles are there in the Constitution of the United States of America? How many times has the Constitution been amended? Why do we have an Air Force when only an Army and Navy are specifically mentioned in the Constitution? If you do not know the answer to these questions, I would submit to…

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