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Following nonnegotiables makes good leader

Posted January 21, 2016 by by Lt. Col. MATTHEW WARNER

An effective leader needs to have a couple of qualities that are nonnegotiable. First, leaders need to be credible in their profession. You don’t necessarily need to be the best, although this certainly doesn’t hurt, but you need to be respected professionally for people to follow you. No CEO, coach, team captain, teacher or any…

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Looking good or being good? What works best?

Posted January 14, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. MARCUS FARRELL

Leadership can be defined in many different ways. The American dictionary defines it as “the position or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group.” Most commonly leadership can be characterized as leading, setting the example. However, what is setting the example? Does setting an example mean you must do things…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … January 15, 2016

Posted January 14, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Capt.) Jesus Prado

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.” ~ T.S. Eliot Words are powerful. They have the ability to lift up and create, or the destructive force to tear down and dismantle. How can words — intangible utterances of speech — have such an impact upon our…

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Wake up, smell the empty coffee pot

Posted January 14, 2016 by by Col. IDA MCDONALD

Let’s face it, we are not going to get every resource we need or ask for, no matter how hard we try. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to be able to recognize your limitations regarding money and manpower in this time of economic uncertainty. Having an effective and efficient decision-making approach or coping procedure…

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Build ‘likability’ as leader

Posted December 17, 2015 by by Master Sgt. JAVARIO MATHIS

With the multitude of professional development courses we as Airmen attend, I just wanted to hit on some regularly discussed leadership behaviors. That said, we should also be striving to improve as we grow as leaders at all levels. These tips can be helpful whether you are leading peers or subordinates. Actively working on the…

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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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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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Ownership of work responsibilities reaps return

Posted December 10, 2015 by by Master Sgt. SHANE CUMMINS

Let’s look at the process of buying, owning and passing on a vehicle to a dependent. Typically you start by researching it from top to bottom. Next, you find the vehicle you like on a car lot and do a thorough once-over looking for any issues. After purchasing it, you ensure it will stand the…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted December 10, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

The blending of family holiday traditions It’s the holiday season, and many newlyweds are discovering the harsh reality that not everyone celebrates the same way. A few years back I experienced this in my life. I was an incredibly happy newlywed about to enter into my first Christmas season with my beautiful bride. I thought…

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Pride, professionalism, passion core to ethical maturity

Posted December 10, 2015 by by Master Sgt. JAVIER GONZALEZ

We are asked to internalize the Air Force core values from the onset of our careers. And as we progress through the ranks, despite what life puts in our path, we are reminded to not only internalize them, but epitomize them. Regardless of your status as a basic trainee or chief master sergeant, we have…

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