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Stay prepared for unexpected weather

Posted June 28, 2013 by William Richardson

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — I just got home after a long day of work Sept. 8, 2011, when the phone rang. It was Senior Master Sgt. Lee Smith, the 99th Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management superintendent. He said I needed to return to base, the base had been hit by a microburst causing a base-wide…

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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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Spiritual resiliency keeps Airmen focused

Posted June 28, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Christopher Tam

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — For the past few years Air Force senior leaders have been looking to create and maintain a certain type of Airman. Their aim was to train and retain Airmen who are resilient and readily deployable to meet any contingency operation tasked by the Department of Defense. The new approach, called Comprehensive…

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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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Combating stress

Posted June 21, 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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Why we enforce standards

Posted June 14, 2013 by Master Sgt. Vincent Brass

KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — In the military we constantly refer to “the standard.” Most standards are developed within Air Force Instructions or technical orders. They are what sets us apart from our civilian counterparts. Webster’s dictionary defines a standard as “something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model, or example.” We weigh…

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Keeping service in perspective

Posted June 14, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. James Powell

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — If you were approached by a co-worker, civilian or family member and asked the question, “Why do you serve?” What would your answer be? How would you internalize what you do for the Air Force to the point where you could answer that seemingly simple question? Over the past several…

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An Innovator’s DNA: Col. John Boyd

Posted June 7, 2013 by Col. Houston Cantwell

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Surprisingly, few Airmen have heard of Col. John Boyd, with far fewer aware of his innovative contributions to the advancement of modern-day air power. As the month of May closes and the Air Staff feverishly reviews the thousands of innovative ideas submitted by young Airmen, I thought it appropriate to recognize an Airman…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz
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JFEX through a new Airman’s eyes

Posted June 7, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz Senior Airman Brett Clashman, 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, takes photos off the back of a C-17 Globemaster III during the Joint Forcible Entry Exercise May 31 over the Nevada Test and Training Range. During the exercise, C-17s dropped personnel and heavy equipment…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps
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Ordering monkey food

Posted May 31, 2013 by Jenna Fletcher

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps A monkey looks out of a cage at Ekotepe Organic Farm near Adana, Turkey. A variety of animals reside at the farm including peacocks, chickens, sheep and horses. INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey — Several years ago, I had the opportunity to attend an Office Personnel Management leadership…

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