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‘Eddie the Eagle’ star soars

Posted February 25, 2016 by Courtesy of af.mil

NAVAL AIR STATION JOINT RESERVE BASE FORT WORTH, Texas — Hugh Jackman, star of the upcoming movie “Eddie the Eagle,” received a civic leader flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth from the 301st Fighter Wing Feb. 19 in a display of Air Force Reserve combat capability…

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Lt. has ‘Georgia on my mind’

Posted June 2, 2016 by by 1st Lt. Justin Lewis

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Republic of Georgia Army Pvt. 1st Class Vasil Kulijanishvili was patrolling the perimeter of Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, with his unit Sept. 22, 2015, as one of 885 Georgian soldiers supporting NATO’s Operation Resolute Support when he was attacked and killed by Taliban militants. The next day, Georgian Prime Minister…

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#YOLO You only live once: Be willing to take risks

Posted October 9, 2015 by by Maj. LEWIS SORVILLO

While unpacking from another permanent change of station, I came across a folder filled with clippings I have been carrying around with me since my early days in the Air Force. Flipping through it, I stopped on one of my favorites, a commentary written 18 years ago by Army Col. Mark Blum. In the piece…

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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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March marks Brain Injury Awareness Month

Posted March 17, 2016 by by KAREN GUICE, M.D., M.P.P.

Often called one of the “invisible wounds of war,” traumatic brain injury is the result of a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Anyone can suffer a TBI, it can happen on the sports field, in your home or on the job. During March, the Military Health…

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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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Aftermath of a DUI: Who’s really affected?

Posted February 4, 2016 by by Master Sgt. ROBBIN ROBERTSON

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — I used to wonder if people would look at me differently if they knew. Would they whisper about me? Would they tell others what happened? Does anyone actually have the guts to ask me what happened? Are they looking at me as the girl who’s related to a child killer?…

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‘Cost’ of job includes what doesn’t get done

Posted April 21, 2016 by by Lt. Col. TIM PURCELL

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — My 5-year-old son recently lost his first tooth and was ecstatic to buy something with the money he received from the tooth fairy. A couple days later, he counted out a few dollars from his piggy bank and asked if we could go to the store to buy a…

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Improve relations from top down

Posted December 4, 2015 by by Lt. Col. JASON HOKAJ

“Commander’s intent” is a doctrinal term used in planning combat missions to communicate a desired end-state to subordinates. It describes a goal and timeline, and includes an acceptable level of risk. It is purposely vague in how to reach the goal. This is so subordinates can infuse their own expertise and information into the plan…

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Make a difference in someone else’s life today

Posted February 25, 2016 by by Chief Master Sgt. MIKE HEATH

Will you make a difference in someone’s life today? We have all heard someone say, “Take care of your people and their families.” Have you ever stopped to think why we hear this so often? As Airmen, our number one responsibility is to accomplish the mission. However, without smart, dedicated, hard-working people and the unconditional…

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