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Volunteerism affects positive change

Posted December 4, 2015 by Lt. Col. Stephen A. Simko

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Throughout our military careers, we often talk of being a volunteer force, a subset of our culture that has volunteered to serve our country in the profession of arms. Without disrespect to anyone currently in uniform or those that have served before me, I have always been in conflict…

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There’s always a cost

Posted April 15, 2016 by Lt. Col. Tim Purcell

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — My 5-year-old son recently lost his first tooth and was ecstatic to buy something with the money he received from the tooth fairy. A couple days later, he counted out a few dollars from his piggy bank and asked if we could go to the store to buy a…

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As long as it takes: Pursuing chaplaincy, one career field at a time

Posted October 7, 2016 by 2nd Lt.Mara Title

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — From the time I decided to join the Air Force back in 2005, I knew I wanted to help support our Airmen. I had a journalism background, and was excited to enlist in a broadcasting career. I got to listen and see all that our Airmen are doing worldwide,…

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More than I asked for

Posted January 26, 2018 by Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick

I left home for the first time in my 20 years of living on Jan. 10, 2017, to become an Airman. I saw the Air Force as an opportunity to better myself through professionalism, education and experience. As a first generation Airman I went in blind, but I knew what I wanted and I wasn’t…

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Are you compliant or are you committed?

Posted November 2, 2018 by Chief Master Sgt. David Bishop

I was reading a great book a few years ago that had a positive impact on me: Change the Culture, Change the Game by Roger Connors and Tom Smith. Connors and Smith said, “Too often, leaders attempt to change the way people act without changing the way they think. As a result, they get compliance,…

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Make a difference

Posted January 15, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Mike Heath

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Will you make a difference in someone else’s life today? We have all heard someone say, “Take care of your people and their families.” Have you ever stopped to think why we hear this so often? As Airmen, our number one responsibility is to accomplish the mission. However, without…

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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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Plan A versus Plan B

Posted February 3, 2017 by Master Sgt. Aubrey Buhr

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — How many of you have received an assignment that you were not crazy about? Do you ever wonder if the Air Force is playing a trick on you? As a young staff sergeant, I received a base of preference assignment and was stationed in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. The…

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Blended retirement system problem — You could lose matching contributions

Posted May 18, 2018 by Capt. Matthew

If you’re in the blended retirement system and are fortunate to max out, or nearly max out, your yearly contribution to your thrift savings plan, listen up! The matching contributions are not as straightforward as they seem. The current yearly maximum in 2018 you can contribute to your TSP is $18,500. DOD will match contributions…

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Mentoring through crisis: Creech Airman shares leadership advice

Posted October 23, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Matt

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Last year I attended the Global Leadership Summit through simulcast where I heard from numerous influential leaders.  One address that stood out to me as a new NCO and supervisor was given by Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric. He said that one of the best pieces of advice…

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