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May is Asian American, Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Posted May 8, 2015 by Dr. Robert B. Kane

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — In 1978, Congress established Asian-Pacific American Heritage Week to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans to U.S. history and culture. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush extended the celebration to the entire month. On Oct. 23, 1992, Congress officially designated May of each year…

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Resiliency: A challenge at any pay grade

Posted July 13, 2012 by By Chief Master Sgt. Kurt Schmidtman

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Promotion to chief master sergeant is often seen as one of the ultimate accomplishments in an enlisted members’ career. Yet as a Chief, it can seem like one is expected to be impervious to outside pressures simply because we have years of experience in dealing with personnel issues of…

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Are your Airmen ready for HYT changes?

Posted January 25, 2013 by Dr. Todd Fore

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Most Airmen affected by high year of tenure changes announced in December will have one more opportunity to test for promotion before changes take effect in September 2013. If they don’t make it, they’ll be separated from the Air Force. Are your Airmen ready? As commanders, first sergeants, supervisors,…

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‘Lucky’ people take personal responsibility for their own success

Posted June 28, 2013 by Lt. Col. Mickey Evans

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — “She’s so lucky! He has all the luck!” Just like you, I hear these phrases thrown around from time to time. I’ve often been taken somewhat by surprise when I hear one of these comments. Don’t get me wrong, I think there are times when truly random events of good fortune…

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Count blessings as Thanksgiving draws near

Posted November 15, 2013 by Karla Bickley

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — It’s no secret that in life some days are just plain better than others. Yesterday was quite simply one of those better days. Yesterday was quite simply one of those better days — laughs, jokes, work, fun, shared experiences and food. It reminded me that when we sit together, break…

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Gifts between employees

Posted April 11, 2014 by Staff Sgt Nicole S. Igoa

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — As the summer permanent change of station season approaches, it is important all Department of Defense employees understand the ethics rules on gifts between employees. Oftentimes, a gift will be given to show appreciation to a departing individual. Although these gifts are common practice, there are applicable regulations that control their…

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Information security part of everything we do

Posted September 26, 2014 by Scott Piper

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — It’s been one of those days. You are super busy and your unit just received another tasking. You are trying to do five jobs at once and don’t even have time to think. You decide to help your unit deployment manager get the word out and forward an email…

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Air Force Medicine: A vision for future

Posted February 13, 2015 by Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Thomas W. Travis

WASHINGTON  — The United States Air Force’s core missions are air and space superiority, ISR (intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance), rapid global mobility, global strike, and command and control. These are almost identical (but in different terms) to the missions the Air Force had in 1947. But we now do these missions in three domains: Air, space…

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Leaders: Good, bad, forgotten

Posted June 26, 2015 by Col. Sean McKenna

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — It’s been my Air Force experience there are three categories of leaders — the good, bad, and the forgotten.Everyone reading this probably thinks they’re in the first category, but we know that’s not the case. Airmen who work for you certainly wish that were true, but not every leader’s…

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A day for Constitutional conversation

Posted September 21, 2012 by Ken Dodd

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AFNS) — Sept. 17, 2012, marked the 225th anniversary of the signing of America’s Constitution. As federal employees, we commemorate that anniversary with Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Specifically, this day was established to ensure all federal agency employees have the opportunity to learn more about America’s great charter,…

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