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Out front: Growing beyond your comfort zone

Posted November 30, 2018 by Lt. Col. Miroslav Karamarinov

I joined the Air Force more than 17 years ago. Things have changed since then — my own personality being one of them. Today, I consider myself outgoing, extroverted and comfortable speaking in front of a large audience, or easily able to strike up conversation with people I have never met before. However, that wasn’t…

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Voices

Posted May 6, 2016 by Chaplain (Capt.) Jason T. Klodnicki

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “I sound just like my mother!” — “I swore I would never say that to my children!” These are phrases that sometimes grace our lips as we live our lives and grow and experience family. We sometimes, like history, repeat the follies of our parents and bestow more stories…

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Don’t give up — down by two with 60 seconds left

Posted August 26, 2016 by Chaplain (Capt.) David Jenkins

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — A few months ago, I witnessed something I thought I would have never seen in my life-time. A professional sports team from Cleveland, Ohio, won a championship! The 52-year curse was lifted or the “mistake by the lake” is a “mistake” no longer. I thought I had died and…

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The importance of mentorship

Posted November 6, 2015 by Lt. Col. Scott Linck

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — When I worked at U.S. Africa Command, the organization took steps to connect its member countries and cultures, to include referencing local proverbs during meetings. The most frequently mentioned saying was, “If you want to travel fast, travel alone; if you want to travel far, travel together.” This was…

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How CFC helps

Posted November 6, 2015 by Maj. Neil Gregory

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — The Combined Federal Campaign is something I look forward to each year. It is important to me because it easily permits me to support organizations that raise awareness, funds research and assists those afflicted by a rare genetic disorder that runs in my family. One of my older brothers…

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A King’s legacy

Posted January 20, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Kyle Ware

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a hero in my eyes; a hero who had a vision. In today’s time, we tend to overlook what and who Dr. King was, and what he represented. He was a leader who was charged with nonconformity and he was able to bring…

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Think again, before carrying open, concealed weapons on base

Posted March 11, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes

There is a lot of misunderstanding on who can carry a weapon on base.

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KC-135 Flight Commentary

Posted July 1, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Overall, there are very few things that I’ve found that can truly get me animated. Finding passion in certain things has always been something that I have struggled with. It’s not something that I find a serious issue, quite the opposite in fact. I feel with being so levelheaded;…

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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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Feedback is essential to AF integrity

Posted October 23, 2015 by Lt. Col. John Hansen

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — I was going through some old files, and I found a few notes that were written to me by the comptroller of a major command on several different occasions. One letter conveyed his best wishes on my birthday. A second one thanked me and my unit for our hospitality during…

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