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Care for others but care for yourself

Posted November 1, 2013 by Chaplain (Capt.) James Taylor III

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — April 4, 2008, my sister awoke for the last time to a world that had not always treated her with kindness. We were two weeks shy of her 31st birthday, and six weeks shy of a family wedding … my wedding. April 4 would be the last day I…

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Chapel celebrates 50 years of connecting people

Posted October 25, 2013 by Maj. Rolf Holmquist

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — As the chapel celebrates its 50th Anniversary this October, 50 years can seem like a long time, but age is relative. For example, there are ongoing debates of how old the universe is, its existence ranging from thousands to billions of years. Consider that the United States is only 237…

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I’ll flip you for it attitude

Posted October 25, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Brian Bender

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — “I’ll flip you for it.”  I’m sure we’ve all heard those words, but I’m willing to bet not many have heard them come from a noncommissioned officer. When I first heard those words nearly 10 years ago as an airman first class, I’ll admit I thought it was funny….

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Conserve energy, save money

Posted October 18, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Some people can remember their parents telling them to ‘turn the lights off when they leave the room’ or ‘close the door; you weren’t raised in a barn.’ Children don’t pay bills so why would they worry about wasting energy? As an adult, that mindset can change quickly paying the…

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Identifying domestic enemies

Posted October 18, 2013 by Col. Joseph L. Prue

THULE AIR BASE, Greenland — As members of the military, we have all taken an oath of service. For officers it is the Oath of Office and for enlisted service members it is the Oath of Enlistment. Although the titles are different, there is an identical statement in both that sparked my curiosity one day: “support and…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nieves Camacho
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To serve with honor

Posted October 11, 2013 by Airman 1st Class John Nieves Camacho

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nieves Camacho Airman 1st Class John Nieves Camacho, 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, recently completed a three-month commitment to the 4th FW Honor Guard. Honor guardsmen primarily perform military honors at official base functions and Service member’s funerals. SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — “FIRING PARTY! TENCH…

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Leadership lesson: My biggest mistake as an NCO

Posted October 4, 2013 by Command Chief Master Sgt. David Duncan

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — What was the most important leadership lesson you learned during your career? This question has been asked of me quite a few times as I get the awesome opportunity to speak with our Airmen around base. I have been asked this question from such groups as the First-Term…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Abner Guzman
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Setting standards consistently, every day

Posted September 20, 2013 by Master Sgt. David A. Kolcun

U.S. Air Force photo by Abner Guzman Senior Airman Angela Duff, 62nd Aerial Port Squadron, runs on a pathway along Heritage Hill April 19, 2010, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. as part of her daily routine. Cutting corners on daily routines and physical training requirements can set a poor example and lead subordinates to mirror…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. N.B.
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Airmen learn about country, commitment, honor at VFW meeting

Posted September 13, 2013 by Staff Sgt. N.B.

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. N.B. Retired Lt. Col. Richard E. French, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, recounts a time in his career when he was wounded, during an interview at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 20. His most serious injury was during his time in Vietnam when he was…

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Leadership about everyone moving ‘up’ together

Posted September 13, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Stiles

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — You can find leadership lessons in the strangest places.  Some people search high and low, far and wide for mentors and wise sages with the hope of finding leadership enlightenment, the moment when everything in your supervision tool box finds a purpose.  For me, that moment didn’t happen during…

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