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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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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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Room at the table

Posted November 22, 2017 by Chaplain (Maj.) Kelvin Francis

One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is coming together around the dinner table and enjoying good food. I will never forget my first Thanksgiving at Grandma Ethel’s house. Grandma Ethel is my wife’s grandmother and no one prepared me for my first taste of her food. After we sat down, gave thanks and I…

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Invest time to help Airmen

Posted November 20, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Bitton

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Think back to when you joined the Air Force.  Did you know everything about your job, how the promotion system works, assignments, performance evaluations, deployments and so on?  I would have to say no, however, I would bet that at multiple points and times throughout your career someone took…

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New mantra must be ‘People first, mission always’

Posted May 20, 2016 by Senior Master Sgt. Claus Peris

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — If you’ve been around long enough, you’ve heard the phrase “Mission first, people always.” Today’s Airmen are busy. Whether its high ops tempo, constant deployments or low manning, our Airmen are being asked to do more and more every day. Nothing is more important than accomplishing the mission —…

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Clergy Day: Nellis Chapel team’s got your back

Posted February 19, 2016 by Chap. (1st Lt.) David Jenkins

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Growing up I was one of the smaller guys in my neighborhood. Being the runt in my school lent me to getting into fistfights and being bullied. Fortunately, I had a powerful ally that always had my back. This person was my older sister Laura. She would stick up…

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T.E.A.M. – Together, Everyone Achieves More

Posted March 4, 2016 by MSgt Steve Kim

“There is no limit to what can be accomplished if it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “Team” is one small word that can make a big difference. No matter where you are, no matter what you do, you cannot do great things without a…

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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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Balance spending, saving, investing to build future nest egg

Posted February 23, 2018 by Master Sgt. Aubrey Buhr

How many of you have gotten paid and, within a few days, have spent your entire paycheck? I can remember being a young senior airman and having my flight chief ask me, “What are you doing with your money?” to which I replied, “Spending it!” The flight chief laughed and then asked me, “Do you…

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Operational security especially important during holidays

Posted December 22, 2017 by Dennis Morris

Holiday vacation time is upon us, and many of us will be leaving the area. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, sometimes we forget about common sense security practices. It is important to remember to practice good family Operational Security (OPSEC). What does OPSEC have to do with the holidays? OPSEC is…

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