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Knocking it out of park means excellence

Posted August 15, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. KELBEY NORTON

Over the past several years the Defense Department has seen an unprecedented reduction in force. Twenty years ago when I was a young Airman learning the Air Force ropes, our active-duty force was more than 421,000 strong. Today, our end strength stands at just over 323,000 Airmen, a reduction of roughly 100,000 personnel. Because of…

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Gut check: Where do you stand?

Posted August 15, 2014 by Master Sgt. STEVE RADNOR

Since the beginning of our Air Force careers, the majority of us have been taught that in order to lead, we need to lead by example and lead from the front. Today, that has not changed. However, as we all know, it is virtually impossible for all to be in front at the same time,…

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Changing your communication default settings

Posted August 15, 2014 by 2nd Lt. JOSH GOERSS

In today’s high tech world, it’s easy to become entrenched in the communication tools that are designed to make our lives simpler and more organized. Ironically, the technology that was created to increase our efficiency has a tendency to detract from our communication within an organization. When we unconsciously set our default communication settings to…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted August 15, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

Laughter and leadership I have an old high school buddy I keep tabs on through Facebook. I know, the cool kids are on Twitter, but read on anyway. We have this freedom to pick on each other in a variety of ways from our greying and/or balding heads, to old-man jokes, to the fact that…

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Fly Over: ‘Chipotle Mexican Grill’ and ‘Final Fantasy X’

Posted August 15, 2014 by Grace Lee and Cory Gossett

‘Chipotle Mexican Grill’ Chipotle is a place of Americanized Mexican food where customers can get freshly made food within a reasonable amount of time and at a good price. Founded by Steve Ells in 1993, Chipotle began in Colorado and opened 16 locations with the help of investor, McDonald’s Corporation. By 2006, Chipotle had grown…

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Intentional leaders make things happen

Posted August 8, 2014 by Lt. Col. MATT LILJENSTOLPE

As I write this column I am within 48 hours of closing out my squadron command. Like most people who find themselves at the end of a long journey, I am retrospective about what I’ve learned. As such, I feel I have a unique perspective on command, more specifically on leadership. So I think it…

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Serve Airmen by knowing them

Posted August 8, 2014 by Master Sgt. ERIK BENSEN

Knowing your Airmen is not a new concept in the Air Force. This concept has been mentioned in various professional development situations and throughout guidance from Air Force senior leadership for some time now. As with many processes and concepts this is easier said than done and takes significant commitment from the leader. In short…

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This Week in History

Posted August 8, 2014 by Rick Griset,

Courtesy photo North Vietnamese motor torpedo boats attack the USS Maddox Aug. 2, 1964. August 1964: Gulf of Tonkin Fifty years ago, American involvement in Vietnam hit a major trip wire, the Gulf of Tonkin incident. American involvement began before the end of the First Indochina War in 1954. The breakup of French Indochina created…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted August 8, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

The slow days of summer are fading and moms and dads are working the logistics of getting their darlings out the door to school. Most families develop a morning routine to get the children out of bed, cleaned, dressed and fed before they usher them off to school. This can be an exasperating time for…

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Fly Over: ‘Crazy Love’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Posted August 8, 2014 by Timothy Boyer and Nestor Cruz

‘Crazy Love’ I must begin this review with full disclosure – the book being reviewed is about God told through the perspective of Christianity. If you are someone who is uninterested or offended by these topics, this book is not for you. If, however, you are one of the millions who are interested in learning…

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