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This Week in History

Posted June 6, 2014 by Rick Griset

Courtesy photo D-Day: Off the Normandy coast, Soldiers crowded in a landing craft June 6, 1944, await their turn to land on the beach. June 6, 1944: Operation NEPTUNE (D-Day) The largest invasion in world history occurred 70 years ago today on the Normandy Peninsula in France, code named Operation NEPTUNE. It is often simply…

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Strong followers challenge authority

Posted July 25, 2014 by Lt. Col. CHARLES JONES

It’s not surprising that when I tell subordinates to challenge authority, I often get a look of confusion. Admittedly, this is a step used to provoke thought. Obviously, we don’t need subordinates undermining their leader’s authority. My intent is not to create insubordination — it is to underscore the importance of strong followership. Great leaders…

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‘The butterfly effect’

Posted September 12, 2014 by Maj. HANK MCKIBBAN

Shortly after taking command, the Wild Duck Aircraft Maintenance Unit officer in charge requested I explain to his Airmen exactly what the pilots would be doing on training missions during an upcoming temporary duty. I was embarrassed that he had to ask. In this specific case, I had thoughtlessly kept these details from our closest…

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Decide what you like, act on it

Posted April 20, 2012 by by Master Sgt. David Garcia

Some might think that volunteering is just something people do to appease their boss. Others might think that volunteering is something people do to get promoted. Both of those thoughts might be true, but the main reason people volunteer is because it makes the base, town and the world a better place. It also makes…

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Like Boy Scouts, be prepared

Posted June 8, 2012 by by Chief Master Sgt. Scott Leach

The Air Force does a great job in preparing Airmen when a deployment tasking comes down. Our members perform weapons qualification, ancillary training and even enact wills and powers-of-attorney for family members. The irony of this issue is that we do this to get ready for a deployment, but many Airmen forget to stay prepared…

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Fly Over: ‘Welcome to the Fishbowl’

Posted July 27, 2012 by By Capt. Tristan Hinderliter

I’m sorry to say that “Welcome to the Fishbowl,” Kenny Chesney’s 15th studio album released June 19, doesn’t add any new classics to the Chesney canon and comes as a bit of a disappointment...

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Disciplined Airmen lead to disciplined life

Posted September 14, 2012 by by Lt. Col. JIM UPCHURCH

As I prepared to prepare (procrastination!) for this commentary, I remember beginning the all important first step — brainstorming! I bounced from topic to topic, everything from the recent F-35 excitement to the roles supervisors have in today’s Air Force to what was on sale at the base exchange. I finally decided on a very…

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Back from the depths: Court martial, jail time, return to duty – What I learned through it all

Posted November 9, 2012 by Airman 1st Class VERNON SMITH

When the military judge told my defense counsel and me to stand for the announcement of my sentence, my heart stopped, and my stomach sank. I thought about my son, my brothers and my fellow Airmen. I hoped and prayed that my 18 years of service were not about to end. And I felt sadness…

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Chaplain thoughts …

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

“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.” ~ Hank Aaron “Hammerin’ Hank” also went on to say, “If we were to give up every time we experienced failure in our personal and…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted April 12, 2013 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson,

“Faith makes the uplook good, the outlook bright, the inlook favorable and the future glorious.”   ~ V. Raymond Edman How does your faith make you see? Are you blind with ambition? Are you so busy you can’t see straight? Have you lost sight of what’s really important in life? Faith is “the” linchpin that will…

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