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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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Adapt and overcome

Posted April 14, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer

PEORIA, Ill. (AFNS) —  My firstborn child recently turned 2 months old. Amidst the irresistible joy of having a new little buddy, I look back over these last eight weeks and wonder how my spouse and I survived. I am a writer, but there are no words I can find adequate enough to describe the…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … What time is it?

Posted March 3, 2017 by

Tim Allen’s much beloved sitcom from the 90s, “Home Improvement,” always began with the TV studio audience being asked the question, “What time is it?,” to which the audience shouted “It’s tool time.” The line never got old because you knew the next part of the show would include an inane demonstration of some tool…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … December 4, 2015

Posted December 3, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

A letter to parents of Airmen Through the years I, as a chaplain, have received numerous phone calls from parents who were concerned about their sons or daughters. Perhaps a grandparent had died, or a relationship had ended or perhaps they sensed that their child was beginning to make bad decisions. Whatever the reason, they…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted February 25, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns,

Victory over trials Do you want to be victorious over your trials? Do you over/under think things? Do you base your decisions on how you feel? Do you have a will to be successful? Allow me to let you in on a little secret. To be victorious over trials your mind, your emotions, and your…

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Mantra must be ‘People first, mission always’

Posted June 2, 2016 by by Senior Master Sgt. CLAUS PERIS

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — If you’ve been around long enough, you’ve heard the phrase “Mission first, people always.” Today’s Airmen are busy. Whether its high ops tempo, constant deployments or low manning, our Airmen are being asked to do more and more every day. Nothing is more important than accomplishing the mission —…

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New leader, strategic plan fuels excitement

Posted July 7, 2017 by by Senior Master Sgt. MATTHEW LUDWIG

After returning from a deployment in Southwest Asia, I was impressed with the new wing leadership philosophy. I was fortunate enough to attend the 56th Fighter Wing Service Blitz rally at Cardinal Stadium and saw first-hand our new leadership in action. Then came the bombshell … the 56th FW strategic plan. After having read many…

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SHIRT’S CORNER

Posted October 9, 2015 by by Master Sgt. SHANE CUMMINS

In each of our offices or shops, we work alongside some of the brightest and hardest working people in the world. We work long hours together in all types of adverse conditions. In our down time, we get to know each other and each other’s families personally. We build relationships, dare I say friendships, with…

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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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Those left behind are separated but not alone

Posted March 17, 2016 by by Senior Airman LAUREN-TAYLOR LEVIN

As the dawn broke over the mountains, I woke up to the sun peeping through my window. Once I got up I went straight to the kitchen to make my family breakfast, yet in the back of my mind, all I could think about was, “How am I going to manage taking care of my…

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