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March Minutes | October 16, 2012

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GS-7 John S. Martin Fire Inspector 452 MSG/CEF Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif. 0600 Start up the truck, bob and weave through traffic from Rancho Cucamonga; destination March. 0645 Arrive for duty (on time hopefully); participate in Fire Prevention office staff meeting with assistant chief and other inspectors. 0730 Roll Call for departing and arriving shift personnel. Pass on…

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Get to know your first sergeants

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Master Sgt. Randall Hopp

What does a train conductor, a school teacher, a bronze star with valor recipient, an ice cream scooper, a top secret projects administrator and the owner of the best-looking mustache in the Air Force Reserve have in common? Are they contestants on a reality show or characters in a thrilling novel? No — they are…

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Teamwork: We could all use a helping hand

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Chaplain Bob Meissner

I talked with a chaplain recently about his late grandfather who competed in horse-pulling contests. Yes, horse pulling. That’s a reality show I haven’t seen yet. The horses would be hitched up to a log or stone, or anything else that might be handy. The object was to see whose team could pull the most….

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First things first: Get your degrees in order

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Chief Master Sgt. David Brinkley

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — In 1972 the Community College of the Air Force was established by the Air Force Chief of Staff, General John D. Ryan. Four years later, President Gerald Ford authorized the Air Force, by law, to confer the associate degree. The CCAF was accredited during the start of 1977 and by the…

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Candid Comments | October 5, 2012

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Master Sgt. Anhtuan L. Dang Job: Paralegal Unit: 452 AMW/Judge Advocate Hometown: Irvine, Calif. Hobbies: Reading, outdoor activities, Boy Scouts activities with sons My experience could be summed up as “Awesome!” There were some tasks that we performed well. However, there were some areas where we will need to dedicate additional training so that we…

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Cultural battlegrounds: Why culture matters in Global War on Terror

Posted October 5, 2012 by by Dr. William L. Dulaney

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — In every culture, there exists the possibility of a mob of people that could be easily compelled to action by others who know how to disrupt peaceful times. Understanding culture, for the military professional, should be thought of as the art and science of understanding cause and effect in…

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5-year clock puts re-employment rights in jeopardy

Posted October 5, 2012 by by Jim Strickland

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Eleven years ago many of us took off our suits, welder’s masks, gloves, donned our uniforms and went off to defend our nation following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. We did not know what the future would hold. Our employers told us to go, do our duty. We…

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A day for Constitutional conversation

Posted September 28, 2012 by Commentary by Ken Dodd

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — Sept. 17, 2012, marked the 225th anniversary of the signing of America’s Constitution. As federal employees, we commemorate that anniversary with Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. This day was established to ensure all federal agency employees have the opportunity to learn more about America’s great charter, the U.S….

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Losing your future to sexual assault

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Col. Tom Posch

Joint Base Andrews, Md. — “I knew the minute our eyes met that she was the ‘one.’ We exchanged numbers and set up a date. It was planned to perfection. She was the ‘one.’ And then she Googled me … and told me never to contact her again. That’s life as a registered sex offender….

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Hometown Airman Attends 9/11 Remembrance at Elementary School

Posted September 14, 2012 by by Airman 1st Class Christian Bojorquez

Remembering back to that fateful day in 2001, I came to know that morning in September would become a very important day for many, as well as historic. ...

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