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Effective followership: a path for all Airmen

Posted December 8, 2017 by Lt. Col. Michael L. Boswell

Every leader is a follower, but not every follower is a leader. We do an exceptional job of training leaders, but more often than not, don’t focus enough on effective followership. Society tends to equate effective followership to nothing more than “brown-nosing.” We relish identifying as good leaders versus good followers, but one cannot exist…

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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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Holiday survival: weathering the financial blizzard

Posted November 20, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Greg Nash

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — It’s that time of year again. As the holiday season approaches, we will be bombarded with alluring advertisements, extensive winter holiday shopping lists from family members and store holiday sales enticing us to spend big. Are you prepared to spend money during the holiday season? Are you nervous because…

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Overcoming holiday blues

Posted December 14, 2018 by Chaplain (Col.) Shon Neyland

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert The holiday season is upon us once again, and it is often a busy season. It is filled with shopping, gifts, festivities, joyous music, holiday parties, decorations and many opportunities to be with family, friends and coworkers as we close out the old year and welcome the…

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Introspection

Posted April 29, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Jack Johnson Jr.

At each person’s unique period in life, they begin to look back, wondering if they truly made a difference.

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Becoming human again: Developing empathy

Posted October 21, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Jodi Martinez

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — From the moment we’re born, we need human interaction and crave to be understood. It can have a profound effect upon our personal lives by making us feel empowered or conversely by making us feel powerless if those needs are neglected. It also extends into our professional lives. In…

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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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Memorial Day: Real heroes

Posted May 26, 2017 by Chaplain LtCol Dwayne 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 answer the call in bravery and (ultimate) sacrifice,” said Tim…

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Just Say No! Easy answer to marijuana use question for military members

Posted December 2, 2016 by Major Simone V. Davis

On Jan. 1, 2017, recreational use of marijuana will become legal in Nevada. Does that mean you, a military member stationed at or temporary duty to Nellis (or Creech), will be able to light up? Not so fast! Marijuana use is and will continue to be a crime under military law. The fact that Nevada…

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Stay on target

Posted June 15, 2018 by Col. Brian Morris

Years ago, I took a leadership class that covered multiple successful leaders in business. What set them apart was their problem solving skills and being able to get the job done. Most of the lesson was standard leadership and management philosophies that we have all heard or read about; however, the instructor piqued my interest…

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