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First Sergeant explains wingman concept

Posted November 27, 2013 by Master Sgt. Brandy Walker

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — I would be hard pressed to find anyone, myself included, that at one point or another hasn’t gone down the wrong path. Maybe it was walking on the edge of breaking the law or flat out breaking it. Maybe it was financial troubles, sexual misconduct, drinking too much, relationship issues,…

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FTAC: Bridging gaps for new Airmen

Posted May 23, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Everyday new Airmen graduate from technical school and move on to their first duty station. In doing so, the beginning weeks of a first-term Airman’s transition to the operational Air Force can be quite unclear and stressful. As a first-term Airman when I arrived here, I didn’t know anything the…

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99th CONS delivers millions in FY 14

Posted October 10, 2014 by Lt. Col. Chris Kay

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The 99th Contracting Squadron closed out a banner year on Sept. 30 for the Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases, and the Nevada Test and Training Range executing $175 million in the base central acquisition and contract performance management program in fiscal year 2014.   Working with a broad variety of…

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Dealing with the near rocks, far rocks

Posted March 31, 2012 by By Lt. Col. Pete Zuppas

“Let’s deal with the near rocks” is something many of us frequently hear these days at planning meetings, scheduling discussions, etc. I asked someone in my office what they thought the term near rocks referred to. They replied that it was in reference to the fact that road crews or prison chain-gangs…

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Honestly, how can we improve?

Posted October 12, 2012 by By Lt. Col. Matthew Nicholson

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — I think that we can all agree that honesty is important. But are we truly honest with our fellow Airmen when we give them feedback? How many times have you been told you are doing a great job but didn’t see that reflected in quarterly awards or performance reports?…

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Leadership not defined by shapes, sizes

Posted May 3, 2013 by Col. Jerry Wizda

Courtesy photo President James Madison led new nation during early trials, tribulations. INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey — Short in stature at 5 feet 4 inches, not particularly handsome, a bookworm and not exactly the life of the party, James Madison does not fit some perceptions of a leader. In today’s world, he probably would have…

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Get to know your Airmen

Posted August 23, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Anthony Hyatt

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — “It all starts with great NCOs and great supervisors who understand every Airman does have a story,” said the general. A part of taking care of people is knowing their stories. “Learn their stories. I am absolutely convinced that if we knew each other better, we would care for each other more,”…

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Leave your mark on future Airmen

Posted February 7, 2014 by Master Sgt. Peter Perez

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — Recently, I volunteered to write an article on mentoring, thinking I was pretty good at putting words on paper. If only it were that easy. The honest fact is I’m not really sure how to explain mentoring. After 19 years in the Air Force, I just know it…

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Buy used cars with confidence

Posted July 3, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Rochelle L. Schwarz

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — As we bustle into summer and permanent change of station season, please be wary of used car dealership scams. Scams can be difficult to identify and can finically impact an individual for several years. Below are helpful tips to avoid auto dealer fraud: Research ahead of time. Always research the dealership…

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Leading across ‘tribal’ barriers

Posted June 15, 2012 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Clifford Rich

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Twenty-first century technology and the 24/7 news cycle have made the world “smaller,” but over millennia human nature has not changed. We long to identify with and belong to a tribe. The myriad of patches, uniforms, ranks and patchwork of partner nation flags bear witness to that constant…

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