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Empowerment: More than just a word

Posted May 13, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Ryan Sparks

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — I am a first-term Airman at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. I am approaching one year time on station and getting close to achieving the next skill level in my job. At this stage in my career, my number one focus is on training and mastering…

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Memorial Day: Freedom

Posted May 27, 2016 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Dwayne A. Jones

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “History has taught us over and over again that freedom is not free. When push comes to shove, the ultimate protectors of freedom and liberty are the brave men and women in our armed forces. Throughout our history, they’ve answered the call in bravery and (ultimate) sacrifice,” said Tim…

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Breaking barriers through opportunities

Posted April 5, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum

With more than 3,000 flying hours she has broken more than the sound barrier, graduating from and becoming an instructor at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and attaining operational experience in operations Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, according to Air Force records. Her résumé speaks for itself. It’s a résumé…

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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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Lead With Perspective

Posted June 1, 2018 by Col. Patrick G. Miller

“If you were in charge for a day, what would you change?” This is a popular question leaders ask. The intent of the question is to gain perspective. Often times, one’s view is based on where they sit. So to compensate for personal biases and capitalize on the diverse skills, talent, and experience of the…

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Operational security especially important during holidays

Posted December 22, 2017 by Dennis Morris

Holiday vacation time is upon us, and many of us will be leaving the area. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, sometimes we forget about common sense security practices. It is important to remember to practice good family Operational Security (OPSEC). What does OPSEC have to do with the holidays? OPSEC is…

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Take pride in being an Airman

Posted November 30, 2018 by Senior Master Sgt. Edith Smith

I’ve had the pleasure of working with great Airmen during my career, and nothing makes me more proud than to work beside them. Although I’ve moved to different places and met different people, the ones I remember were the Airmen who took pride in themselves and their work. They gave their best no matter how…

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I know who, what, when and where … but why?

Posted November 13, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. David W. Hardy

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — Leading by example can be a heavy burden, but it is the burden we choose to carry when we don the uniform each day. As leaders, we should focus on showing others “how” to be an American Airman who embodies the core values. We should also explain “why” it matters…

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Innovation: Never stop improving

Posted October 16, 2015 by Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station commander

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. — ”Another article on innovation?” you say. I don’t have to tell you that there are more challenges across the Air Force than any time that I can recall: manning reductions, reduced budgets, infrastructure we can no longer afford, new requirements; response to advanced cyber threats, and the cherry…

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How are you really doing?

Posted August 10, 2018 by Col. (Dr.) Justin Nast

A couple of years ago, in the midst of a difficult divorce, I struggled to have a good day. I was not a commander at the time, but still embraced the tenet that leaders should not have a bad day in public. I was attending a social, end-of-the-day function and hoping that my demeanor and…

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