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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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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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Fighting for freedom costly

Posted December 4, 2015 by by Master Sgt. ROBERT BOGIE

This past Veterans Day, I found it heartwarming and enlightening to feel the support from the local community, all the way from young children at schools to World War II veterans. I also heard the perspectives of what freedom meant to many of them. The younger children explained freedom to them as being able to…

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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 … November 20, 2015

Posted November 19, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” ~ Aesop As the father of three I love telling Aesop’s Fables to my children. One such story is the simple yarn entitled “The Dog and His Reflection.” The story goes that a dog with a bone in his mouth was crossing a bridge. When he looked into…

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