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Leadership … Are you up for the challenge

Posted November 12, 2015 by by 2nd Lt. MARIANA TAMARIZ

Leadership is often defined as the capacity to lead. Though this definition describes the actions of an individual in a leadership position, it does not provide any insight on what makes a good leader. Though there are hundreds of books and guides that provide steps to becoming a better leader, I believe that true leadership…

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Lead the way: Be the spark to set fire

Posted November 12, 2015 by by Senior Master Sgt. MICHAEL ROXBERRY

As a leader, do not let your ego get in the way. Stand tall, but not above everyone else. Do not tell people what to do, show them. Showing them is what leading is all about. When you show them, you are creating that spark. Much like a fire, it all starts with a small…

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The importance of mentorship

Posted November 12, 2015 by by Lt. Col. SCOTT LINCK

When I worked at U.S. Africa Command, the organization took steps to connect its member countries and cultures, to include referencing local proverbs during meetings. The most frequently mentioned saying was, “If you want to travel fast, travel alone; if you want to travel far, travel together.” This was an effective rallying cry that reminded…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … November 13, 2015

Posted November 12, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

November is the month in which the United States celebrates Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a civil holiday, yet it has deep spiritual and religious roots. It is a great time to express gratitude not only to the people whose lives have made a difference in our own, but more importantly, it is a time to thank…

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Aim High, Airmen!

Posted November 6, 2015 by by Lt. Col. GREGORY MAYER

I firmly believe the best things in life are the triumphs that make you proud – the ones that do not come easy. All of the things I consider to be my greatest accomplishments have required sustained effort. Obtaining my degree, being commissioned into the Air Force, passing my certification exam and running a half…

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SHIRT’S CORNER – First line leader need not be left out

Posted November 6, 2015 by by Master Sgt. BRANDY RUCKER

As experienced supervisors and leaders, are we empowering our junior leaders to spread their wings as supervisors and leaders at their level? Specifically, I’m referring to the day-to-day leadership roles within the work area. I can remember as a young staff sergeant, my team relied on me to motivate them, teach them and correct them….

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Chaplain’s thoughts … November 6, 2015

Posted November 6, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

“Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi Today marks the start of our final week of the annual Combined Federal Campaign. This annual event calls and challenges every Airman regardless of rank or position to give. Unapologetically this campaign asks us to put our money…

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Taking care of your Airmen?

Posted October 29, 2015 by by Master Sgt. MARC SELLERS

Many years ago I was just starting out as a young flight chief and senior NCO. I had traveled back east to attend the Maintenance Production Superintendent Course and was headed back home. After I dropped off my rental car I hopped on the bus that would take me back to the terminal. It is…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted October 29, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Writer, professor, human rights activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel wrote: “The most important question a human being has to face … what is it?  The question, ‘Why are we here?’”  His question points to the existential nature of our lives; we wonder why we are here, we search for meaning and significance…

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Partnership: the Luke way

Posted October 29, 2015 by by Lt. Col. MIKE GETTE

A few years back, I went on a 365-day deployment and was struck by the international cooperation going into the fights in Iraq and Afghanistan. On a daily basis, I coordinated with folks from the United Kingdom, Australia, the Netherlands and France. On a routine basis, I worked with Canadians and dealt with representatives from…

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