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Want to get promoted? Be an expert at your job first!

Posted February 21, 2014 by Master Sgt. Brian Potvin

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — How many of us have heard our fellow Airmen say, “Want to get promoted? You’ve got to volunteer every weekend.” Many think the only way to win a quarterly award is to volunteer, pursue education and spend time kissing up to leadership. I have heard so many times in my…

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Ride like you’re invisible

Posted June 29, 2012 by Commentary by 1st Lt. Zach Anderson

Lt. Col. Clinton Burpo was in trouble. Just moments earlier he had been midway through his commute to work, riding his bicycle along the same route he did every morning. Without warning, something slammed into him from the side, knocking him off his bike and onto the pavement.

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Physical fitness: Struggle between mind, body, pain

Posted January 18, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Jared Trimarchi

U.S. Air Force graphic by Adamarie Lewis-Paige, Photo by Abner Guzman “Fit for Freedom” poster (AFNS) — Losing weight isn’t easy. It took almost five months to accomplish my goal of losing 40 pounds. I am physically average, but mentally I am tough. To lose the weight, I motivated myself after I experienced a humiliating…

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Filling squares

Posted June 21, 2013 by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent Miller

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. — As Airmen, we are more than familiar with the need to fill the proverbial squares as we strive to progress in our military career. To be competitive for awards and promotions, we must commit ourselves to goals such as education, passing the fitness exam, and community service. It is through…

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Treating each other with dignity and respect

Posted November 8, 2013 by Gen. Larry O. Spencer

U.S. Air Force photo Gen. Larry O. Spencer, Air Force vice chief of staff WASHINGTON — When I was a young Airman, during the heat of an intense intramural flag football game, a fellow Airman, who was frustrated that he could not stop me from advancing the ball, yelled the “N” word out loud. I…

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Leadership lessons: Protecting castle

Posted April 4, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. David Duncan

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — In my position as the command chief, I always take advantage of the many opportunities to speak with Airmen. I often ask them several canned questions just to get the conversation rolling. “Where are you from?”, “Why did you join the Air Force?”, “Have you called your mom…

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Got Standards?

Posted August 30, 2012 by By Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert A. Ellis

U.S. Air Force Photo Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert A. Ellis NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “Airman Ellis, what steps does Technical Order 00-25-172 require you to take in this situation?” This question was posed to me 27 years ago by a higher headquarters inspector general team member during a short-notice inspection by one…

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Chance of a lifetime; getting the most from volunteer experience

Posted March 22, 2013 by Maj. Dear Beloved

We all hear about the myriad of volunteer opportunities available on and off base. Our leaders encourage us to get out in the local community and represent the Air Force.

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Combating stress

Posted July 26, 2013 by Lt. Col. Paul Tombarge

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Stress. The Oxford dictionary defines stress as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” We’ve all experienced it; some more than others. With the continuing budget shortfalls, uncertainty of sequestration furloughs, a pending compliance inspection and the upcoming summer move cycle, many…

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Stepping forward

Posted January 10, 2014 by Lt. Col. Chad Nichols

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Recently I came across an interesting quote from Admiral Togo Heihachiro, Commander of the Japanese Fleet during the Battle of Tsushima in 1905: “If your sword is too short, take one step forward.” Given the environment of reduced budgets, fiscal challenges and potential manpower shortages facing the Air Force, this quote…

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