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What service before self truly means

Posted January 6, 2017 by Chief Master Sgt. Bill E. Fitch II

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — In the summer of 2002, my wife Denise taught me the true meaning of service before self. We had just been stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, where I started teaching technical training school. We moved into a house on base, we met our neighbors and I started…

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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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U.S. Air Force photo illustration by 2nd Lt. Mikhail Berlin
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‘Painting’ with MICT

Posted October 16, 2015 by Lt. Col. Scott Crabtree

What are you doing to get ready for the Air Combat Command Inspector General inspection in November?

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Staying true to the new you

Posted February 12, 2016 by Senior Airman Jonathan Bass

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — Grizzled gym rats who have made the gym their second home know what time of year this is: resolution season. The season when there’s never a good parking spot, all the lockers are full, and that one person who has no idea how to use the leg press machine…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay
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From military son to military father, a tribute to military dads

Posted June 24, 2016 by Senior Airman Christian Clausen

In light of Father’s Day, I would like to reflect on my experiences as a military father and my experiences being a military child.

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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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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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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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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Olivia Dominique
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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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