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Dollars and Sense

Posted February 7, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

When considering separation programs that offer voluntary separation pay, Airmen should also consider the impact federal and state tax deductions has on the calculation. These tax deductions will reduce the actual amount you receive and could also have significant tax implications when filing 2014 taxes. The fiscal 2014 VSP program entitles enlisted retention board-eligible Airmen…

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New year, new beginning, new you

Posted January 31, 2014 by Lt. Col. SADINA BRECHEISEN-BEACH

Life is full of new beginnings, a new car, new job, a promotion, a permanent change of station and, of course, every Jan. 1 brings a familiar new beginning — the New Year. With each new year comes new opportunities and new resolutions for improvement. Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions include losing…

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Are you a complete Airman?

Posted January 31, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. MICHAEL HANSELL

There are many types of Airmen in today’s Air Force, but what type of Airman are you? Are you the type that comes in, does your job and goes home? Or, the one that does good work but isn’t interested in going above and beyond the minimum requirements? Or, are you a complete Airman? What…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted January 31, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

Military members can create allotments using myPay (https://mypay.dfas.mil/). There are two types of allotments: discretionary and nondiscretionary. • Discretionary allotments allow members to specify individuals, institutions, or businesses to receive a definite portion of pay and allowances. No more than six discretionary allotments are allowed. • Nondiscretionary allotments are made to specifically designated agencies or…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted January 31, 2014 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson

“To whatever side you turn, you are forced to acknowledge your own ignorance and the boundless power of the Creator.” ~ Voltaire Humility can be tough, especially when our ignorance is displayed in front of others. Proverbs 16:18 tells us, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” We need to have…

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Fly Over: ‘Skyfall’, and ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Posted January 31, 2014 by Grace Lee and Timothy Boyer

‘Skyfall’ Ever since I was a child I remember watching the James Bond movie series with Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. I was surprised in 2006 when “Casino Royale” came out staring a new male lead named Daniel Craig. I would say Craig is what the series needed because he’s not only a fresh new…

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Core values run deep, blue

Posted January 24, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. TIMOTHY OGAN

What do the Air Force core values mean to you? As we were all taught in basic military training, the core values are integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. However, there is a deeper meaning to our core values than just these three phrases. In accordance with Air Force Pamphlet…

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Recipe for leadership? Be best you can be

Posted January 24, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. DONALD STROUD

Is there a special recipe for leadership? In today’s Air Force we struggle trying to find that special recipe to get our teams to perform at their top levels of efficiency. As technology catapults us into the future and new leadership philosophies develop through the halls of Harvard and Stanford, we still rely on the…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted January 24, 2014 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson

Courtesy photo Virginia Woolf “If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.” ~ Virginia Woolf Have you ever been around those people who just can’t seem to tell the 100 percent, honest-to-God truth, about themselves? You might even be that person? Integrity is the first core value…

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Fly Over: ‘Age of Ra’, and ‘American Hustle’

Posted January 24, 2014 by Jayson Burns and Grace Lee

In print: ‘Age of Ra’ Some may remember my review of James Lovegrove’s science fiction novel “Age of Aztec,” which had a premise of an Aztecan future too awesome to fail. It did, hard, but I liked the basic idea of an alternate, mythological reality that Lovegrove still had flickering in his head. So, I…

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