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How do we balance it all?

Posted May 24, 2013 by Col. James Hodges

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — I was speaking to a group of company grade officers recently and one of them asked, “How do you balance it all?” He knew that I had a very busy job with a lot of demands on my time. He also knew that I had a family and, quite possibly, some…

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Leadership lesson: My biggest mistake as an NCO

Posted October 4, 2013 by Command Chief Master Sgt. David Duncan

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — What was the most important leadership lesson you learned during your career? This question has been asked of me quite a few times as I get the awesome opportunity to speak with our Airmen around base. I have been asked this question from such groups as the First-Term…

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Keeping family bond throughout deployment

Posted March 7, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. Colleen Urban

Courtesy photo Tech. Sgt. Colleen urban, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs broadcaster, kisses her son Killian Urban on the cheek. SOUTHWEST ASIA — Deployments are different after you have a child. I just never realized how different deployments would be once I became a parent. This deployment I am a mother. Sometimes I wonder how…

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Analog Leadership in a Digital World

Posted August 1, 2014 by Col. David E. Blocker

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — In today’s military, every service member is a leader, and we all live in a “digital world.” Look around any gathering of people; most of us are online with some form of computer or electronic device the majority of time we are awake. At home station or deployed, portable electronic devices…

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Saving energy to save money

Posted December 19, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — One million dollars is a large sum of money. That is the amount Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases consume in electricity annually. One quarter of that energy is supplemented by renewable energy gathered by the solar field, said Jeffrey Blazi, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron energy program manager. “We…

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Heavy drinking: Highway to disaster

Posted May 8, 2015 by Paul Ahlberg and Capt. Sheontee Frank

81st Medical Operations Squadron, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Heavy drinking is defined as consuming five or more standard drinks in one sitting. It is also considered “high risk” drinking due to the health concerns associated with drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Many stories about heavy…

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From the bottom to the top

Posted July 13, 2012 by Commentary by Col. Tox Wilcox

(AFNS) — Have you ever noticed how every leadership commentary comes from the top of the chain? What about the opinions of our largest population segment in the military — our junior enlisted? Since it was my turn to write an article, I decided to take it to the troops and reverse the commentary process…

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Three ways to combat sexual assault

Posted February 1, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin

(AFNS) — While moderating the U.S. Air Force Facebook page recently, I came across a question I found personally difficult to answer. The question was asked by a concerned parent preparing to send a daughter to basic training in light of a widespread sexual assault investigation. She asked, “Will my daughter be safe?” It’s difficult…

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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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First Sergeant stresses importance of on-the-spot corrections

Posted November 22, 2013 by Master Sgt. Shane Wacaster

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — A senior NCO asked me about five months ago if I had some time to discuss some [Airmen] issues. “Sure, let’s discuss it over lunch,” I replied. “I’ll meet you at the food court.” To my surprise the member asked if we could go somewhere else, and said that he…

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