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How are you really doing?

Posted August 10, 2018 by Col. (Dr.) Justin Nast

A couple of years ago, in the midst of a difficult divorce, I struggled to have a good day. I was not a commander at the time, but still embraced the tenet that leaders should not have a bad day in public. I was attending a social, end-of-the-day function and hoping that my demeanor and…

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Generations of time: The oath of enlistment

Posted August 10, 2018 by Maj. Joseph Wilson

It doesn’t seem like that long ago, but rewinding the clock 18 years—in the hot, summer sun of 2000—I had joined hundreds of other Airmen on a parade field at what was then called Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. On command, we collectively raised our right arms to the square and repeated what many Airmen…

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The time I was hit by a truck

Posted July 27, 2018 by Lt. Col. John Berger

On June 23, 2012, I was hit by a truck as I crossed the street in St. Louis, Mo. A white pickup truck ran a red light, hit me and then rolled over top of me. It was a hit and run and the police were unable to identify the driver. The last thing I…

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Where did all of the time go?

Posted July 27, 2018 by Senior Master Sgt. Kimberly LaPierre

I’ve been doing a lot of self-reflecting the past few weeks.  In doing so, I’ve evaluated where I am in my personal and professional life.  How did I get to where I am?  Have I met my goals?  Would I do anything differently?     I can remember where my professional focus was during different periods…

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Letter From a Survivor

Posted July 13, 2018 by Captain Tanya Wren

Courtesy photograph by Capt. Tanya Wren Editor’s note: The following story includes references to an actual sexual assault that some readers, especially those who are sexual assault survivors themselves, may find disturbing. Some names have been changed. October 15, 2010, at 3:03 a.m.: I am a survivor. It has taken me more than seven years…

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It’s all about your attitude

Posted June 29, 2018 by Chief Master Sgt. Sean Smith

You can either love what you do or hate it, but it all depends on your attitude. Colin Powell once said, “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” I read this during a challenging assignment when I didn’t have the right attitude. I was a section superintendent responsible for the actions, products and well-being of 10…

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Airmen are always on the record, clock and red carpet

Posted June 29, 2018 by Chief Master Sgt. Marvin Parker

A few years ago, I happened to be scrolling through my Facebook account and came across a comment made by an Air Force staff sergeant that I had saved in my friends list. It appeared she was on a rant about some rapper stomping on the U.S. flag as part of his new video. What…

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Seeing red: a remedy with a melody

Posted June 15, 2018 by Senior Airman Devin Boyer

Anger is a wildfire. When it’s just an ember, a simple splash of water can put it out. But if you let it grow, it becomes dangerous and tougher to extinguish. I’ve never been the type of person to express my true feelings to people. I’m stubborn to the core so I bottle everything inside….

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Stay on target

Posted June 15, 2018 by Col. Brian Morris

Years ago, I took a leadership class that covered multiple successful leaders in business. What set them apart was their problem solving skills and being able to get the job done. Most of the lesson was standard leadership and management philosophies that we have all heard or read about; however, the instructor piqued my interest…

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Why is it so bad to ask ‘why?’

Posted June 1, 2018 by Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane

Courtesy graphic “Shut up and color.” Sound familiar? I, like many noncommissioned officers today, came up in an Air Force that seemed to cultivate a mentality that Airmen follow orders without wasting time with unnecessary questions. After all, this is the military and lives are at stake, right? I learned my first assignment was like…

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