U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay
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From military son to military father, a tribute to military dads

Posted June 24, 2016 by Senior Airman Christian Clausen

In light of Father’s Day, I would like to reflect on my experiences as a military father and my experiences being a military child.

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Embracing diversity by leading from the front

Posted June 24, 2016 by Col. Greg Gilmour

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — Often times when we hear terms like diversity and inclusion, we think of them more as buzz words or a way to hold someone accountable for not doing the right thing. But what does diversity actually mean to us in the Air Force? To me, it’s simple: place the right…

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Unique is not necessarily special

Posted June 17, 2016 by Chaplain (Capt.) John W. Schuetze

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.—Although our Armed Forces provides a unique type of service, it is not necessarily special. There are many different types of service even within the Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Within each of those we have active-duty personnel, reservists and National Guard as well. Each member…

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Papa’s Song: Man, myth, legend

Posted June 17, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.—When it came to celebrating Father’s Day in my house; growing up it usually consisted of my brothers and me throwing a big slab of meat on the grill, you know, real man stuff, while my mom did most of the actual work cooking the other side-dishes. The gift giving usually…

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Shattering the silence

Posted June 10, 2016 by Anonymous

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) — I’m tired of the sound of silence. At a recent Green Dot leadership training session, I was asked to write down on a piece of paper an action that I would do as a leader to help implement culture change. I wrote, “Write a commentary on domestic assault…

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Same-sex relationship

Posted June 10, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Kristan Campbell

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.—President Barack H. Obama once said, “Every single American — gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender — deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of our society.” In light of June’s LGBT Pride Month, the Air Force has made strides in how we regard…

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Taking care of Airmen

Posted June 3, 2016 by Senior Airman Christopher Tam

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — What is Airman Leadership School? ALS is probably the most stressful and overwhelming experience I have yet to go through in my Air Force career. In my four and a half years in the Air Force, I have had multiple supervisors. Some good, some bad, and some in-between. Even…

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Next Level Instruction: Zero cost institutional improvement in Air Force

Posted June 3, 2016 by Maj. Ryan A. Slaughter

Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. — The final 18 months of my assignment to the 435th Fighter Training Squadron at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, brought about an interesting shift in our approach to student training that has cemented my views of leadership. During that time we actively sought out techniques and principles to improve…

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Memorial Day: Freedom

Posted May 27, 2016 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Dwayne A. Jones

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “History has taught us over and over again that freedom is not free. When push comes to shove, the ultimate protectors of freedom and liberty are the brave men and women in our armed forces. Throughout our history, they’ve answered the call in bravery and (ultimate) sacrifice,” said Tim…

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‘Why not … Minot?’

Posted May 20, 2016 by Senior Master Sgt. Don Slayton

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — When I received notification about my assignment to Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, apprehension overwhelmed me. Throughout my career, I heard about Minot and how “terrible” it was because it was “cold and windy” all year long as well as how “remote and isolated” it was from everything….

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