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Progressive relationships

Posted September 1, 2017 by Chap. (2nd Lt.) Marcus Brooks

One of the greatest lessons I learned about building relationships as a chaplain candidate came from the instruction I received from a first sergeant assigned to an explosive ordnance disposal unit. The first sergeant briefed my chaplain candidate class about his unit’s accomplishments and responsibilities. One year prior, an EOD Airman was killed in action…

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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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Stunned by gun: Airman shocks away fear

Posted April 8, 2016 by By Airman Daniel Snider

“Taser, Taser, Taser,” is all I heard moments before suffering the worst pain I’ve ever put my body through. Instantly, 50,000 volts of electricity surged from one prong touching my shoulder, through my torso, and to the other prong placed at the back of my hip.

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Bringing clarity: tapping breaks

Posted September 23, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj) Jack Stanley

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — I grew up on the plains of northcentral Ohio where winters can be harsh. So I thought I knew a lot about driving in harsh conditions. But most of the roads around my town were flat as a pancake with sometimes not a single curve for miles. I had…

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The power of communication

Posted January 12, 2018 by Airman 1st Class Joshua Magbanua

The name of the English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton might not be familiar to many people, but they may know his famous quote, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” My objective is not to convince the reader that words win over swords, but to illustrate the ability communication has to influence masses and win conflicts….

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A dream turned reality, MLK contributions to a diverse force

Posted January 15, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Kristan Campbell

He was the voice of promise, courage and equality. His mission was fostered by the belief that all men should be treated equal, despite religion or race.

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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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Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted January 20, 2017 by Deborah Lee James

Courtesy photo WASHINGTON — As America celebrates the life and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we call upon all Airmen to reflect on his enduring legacy and the call to service to others in the cause of justice, equality, and freedom. Dr. King rallied our nation to live up to the promise of…

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Feedback is essential to AF integrity

Posted October 23, 2015 by Lt. Col. John Hansen

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — I was going through some old files, and I found a few notes that were written to me by the comptroller of a major command on several different occasions. One letter conveyed his best wishes on my birthday. A second one thanked me and my unit for our hospitality during…

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Honored to serve in Honor Guard

Posted February 19, 2016 by Senior Airman David Bernal Del Agua

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Thornbury McCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.—”Bearers, Attention.” Standing motionless on the side of a cemetery road, rendering a perfect salute, waiting for the hearse to pass us and stop just paces away. The family, close behind, tries to remain together one last time before their loved…

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