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Overcoming holiday blues

Posted December 14, 2018 by Chaplain (Col.) Shon Neyland

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert The holiday season is upon us once again, and it is often a busy season. It is filled with shopping, gifts, festivities, joyous music, holiday parties, decorations and many opportunities to be with family, friends and coworkers as we close out the old year and welcome the…

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Out front: Growing beyond your comfort zone

Posted November 30, 2018 by Lt. Col. Miroslav Karamarinov

I joined the Air Force more than 17 years ago. Things have changed since then — my own personality being one of them. Today, I consider myself outgoing, extroverted and comfortable speaking in front of a large audience, or easily able to strike up conversation with people I have never met before. However, that wasn’t…

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Take pride in being an Airman

Posted November 30, 2018 by Senior Master Sgt. Edith Smith

I’ve had the pleasure of working with great Airmen during my career, and nothing makes me more proud than to work beside them. Although I’ve moved to different places and met different people, the ones I remember were the Airmen who took pride in themselves and their work. They gave their best no matter how…

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Good things happen when MVPs align

Posted November 16, 2018 by Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Green

Have you ever wondered, “Why are we doing this?” “What does this have to do with the big picture or overall goal?” “Why is this important?” These concerns, although completely natural, can usually be mitigated by taking the time to understand your Mission, Vision, and Priorities (MVPs) and then working to figure out how what…

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AF culture: Something you can hang your hat on

Posted November 16, 2018 by Lt. Col. Kevin White

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word culture as a set of shared attitudes, values, goals and practices that characterizes an institution or organization. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that our core values form the base of our culture. However, while our Air Force culture begins with our core values, it’s not what…

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Are you compliant or are you committed?

Posted November 2, 2018 by Chief Master Sgt. David Bishop

I was reading a great book a few years ago that had a positive impact on me: Change the Culture, Change the Game by Roger Connors and Tom Smith. Connors and Smith said, “Too often, leaders attempt to change the way people act without changing the way they think. As a result, they get compliance,…

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Growth mindset says intelligence is learned

Posted November 2, 2018 by Lt. Col. Aaron Webb

My daughter is in the scraped-elbow phase of learning to ride her bike. Anyone who has embarked on this journey knows it’s a series of frustrating falls followed by tears. As I pick her up after a fall, a concept that has helped me get through many “falls” in my career comes to mind. It’s…

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Her last goodbye

Posted October 19, 2018 by by Airman 1st Class Alexandra Singer

Courtesy photograph The last text sent out from Chelsea Rae Bowen was to her boyfriend. Senior Airman Brianna Bowen believes the text was a blanket text for all those she loved. “The worst part of it all was just thinking about what she was thinking in those final moments as she was standing in the…

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Suicide … It needs to stop

Posted October 5, 2018 by Airman 1st Class BrieAnna Stillman

“I remember sitting in my room typing up a letter to everyone, apologizing for being such a failure and causing so many problems. I finished typing the note and had my pills lined up on the table.”

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Worth the look

Posted September 21, 2018 by Chief Master Sgt. Richard Skrabak

Have you ever daydreamed about the possibilities of what you could have accomplished or reflected on your past asking yourself, “What could I have achieved if I would have received that opportunity or that promotion push?” Did you watch others skyrocket to the next level and wonder when you were going to get your chance?…

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