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Volunteer for right reasons

Posted February 11, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. MICHAEL BATTLES

The word “volunteer” is a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service. In a given week, I’m asked three to four times why I volunteer my personal time as much as I do to organizations that are not my primary duty. The answer has and will always be the same,…

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Are you committed to the profession of arms?

Posted February 4, 2016 by by Senior Master Sgt. MARK JAMES

Have you “joined” the Air Force yet? If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re wearing a uniform with the words “U.S. Air Force” affixed to it and thus you’re probably confused by my question. My question means more than just your enlistment contract or appointment to a commission. It means a commitment to a…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … February 5, 2016

Posted February 4, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Capt.) James Lanford

Last Friday, I had the privilege of being a part of the memorial service for someone who was lost in a tragic accident. It was during that service I was reminded of the need to not only live well, but to do my best in all that I choose to do. The quote went like…

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Aftermath of a DUI: Who’s really affected?

Posted February 4, 2016 by by Master Sgt. ROBBIN ROBERTSON

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — I used to wonder if people would look at me differently if they knew. Would they whisper about me? Would they tell others what happened? Does anyone actually have the guts to ask me what happened? Are they looking at me as the girl who’s related to a child killer?…

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Are you getting the full experience?

Posted January 29, 2016 by Master Sgt. IDA BUSHEY

Master Sgt. Ida Bushey One role I have as a career assistance advisor is to assist Airmen interested in retraining from their current career field or Air Force specialty code. I often ask them, “Why do you want to retrain to another career?” The answers vary from, “I don’t like the people I work with,”…

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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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Dollars and Sense

Posted January 29, 2016 by

Flat rate per diem explained What is it? The flat rate per diem rule changes for long-term temporary duty went into effect Nov. 1, 2014, and apply when government lodging and/or meals are not available at the TDY installation. Who is affected? Anyone assigned to a TDY of 31 days or longer is subject to…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … January 29, 2016

Posted January 29, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

“Sometimes you have to look reality in the eye and deny it.” ~ Garrison Keillor</b? American writer and entertainer Garrison Keillor is a master story teller. He, of course, is the creator of the mythical town of Lake Woebegone, Minnesota, (circa 1950s and 60s). A place where “all the men are good looking, all the…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … The desire to serve the Lord

Posted January 21, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain Fr. Ronald Metha

From the very first days of our Air Force careers we’ve heard of the Four Pillars of Comprehensive Fitness. All are essential to our wellbeing and that of the Airmen with whom we serve. Although most of the pillars, like physical, mental and social fitness are truly obvious, spiritual fitness needs cultivation. However, civil society…

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Mentoring evolves with new ideas, methods

Posted January 21, 2016 by by Master Sgt. ANTONIO MONTGOMERY

What does it mean to be a mentor this day and age? A few years ago, it held the meaning of having an experienced individual take you under his wing and guide or assist you when you came to new crossroads in life. Although this view has not changed much over the years, new techniques…

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