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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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Lead With Perspective

Posted June 1, 2018 by Col. Patrick G. Miller

“If you were in charge for a day, what would you change?” This is a popular question leaders ask. The intent of the question is to gain perspective. Often times, one’s view is based on where they sit. So to compensate for personal biases and capitalize on the diverse skills, talent, and experience of the…

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Blended retirement system problem — You could lose matching contributions

Posted May 18, 2018 by Capt. Matthew

If you’re in the blended retirement system and are fortunate to max out, or nearly max out, your yearly contribution to your thrift savings plan, listen up! The matching contributions are not as straightforward as they seem. The current yearly maximum in 2018 you can contribute to your TSP is $18,500. DOD will match contributions…

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High-touch leadership

Posted May 18, 2018 by Lt. Col. Chris Carnduff

Technology has revolutionized our lives and the Air Force. Our high-tech culture and military are capable of unprecedented effectiveness and agility due to the speed of communication. In many facets of our personal and professional lives, technology gives us the ability to communicate rapidly and accomplish a variety of tasks with minimal personal interaction. However,…

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Are you there for those around you?

Posted May 4, 2018 by Chief Master Sgt. T. Brent Chadick

Have you ever met someone who changed how you look at yourself? Someone who did the right thing, time after time, despite the difficulties? Someone who was a leader not because of their rank, but because of their character? This is a story about one of those people and how he had the power to…

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Communication — An essential element to success

Posted May 4, 2018 by Col. Stephen Lanier

I consider myself an optimistic realist, or a realistic optimist, depending on the day of the week. By that I mean that given any set of circumstances, a great attitude, focus and hard work can produce a successful outcome. When the task at hand requires teamwork (like most situations do), “good communication” is an essential…

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What I learned from a child

Posted April 6, 2018 by Chaplain (Maj.) Molly Lawlor

I was tired from my temporary duty travel and landed at my final destination after dinner time. All I wanted was to get home and sleep in my own bed. As I caught the airport shuttle, I noticed one of the passengers hang up a dress bag with an Army uniform in it. Out of…

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Dense planetary core stifles epic changes

Posted April 6, 2018 by Lt. Col. Cory Damon

I am not an astrophysicist, an organizational psychologist or someone that thinks change is good for the sake of change. I’m a thinker who appreciates a visualization analogy every now and then … so, yes, I’m a little bit nerdy. My planetary analogy provides us all an opportunity to continuously evaluate our inherent human condition…

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