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Leap to your limits

Posted July 19, 2013 by Lt. Col. Oliver K. Leeds

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — One of the lessons I carry around with me every day is something I learned from the jumping events in high school track and field. I was intimidated by the high jump. Unlike the long jump, where every leap into the sand pit could be measured and faults were not…

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Detached supervision breeds average performance

Posted December 6, 2013 by Master Sgt. Antonio Lindley

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Growing up as a child, I got in trouble for getting a “C” grade for my school work and it reflected on my report card. My mother, actively involved in my childhood development, instilled an ethos: “There is an enemy called average; you are not average and an average score…

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Terminating your lease can be easy

Posted May 23, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Rebecca Saturnio

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — As summer approaches and many of you prepare for a permanent change of station; you may find yourself in a dilemma. You just received PCS orders, but your lease isn’t up for another six months. As a military member, you have protection under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. You can…

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Your momma wears combat boots

Posted April 13, 2012 by Commentary by Col. Michael Underkofler

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. (AFNS) — On the small-town playground of my childhood, the comeback quip of last resort after being physically or verbally pummeled was “Well, your momma wears combat boots.” It was the juvenile equivalent of today’s profane four-letter bombs, but with bigger consequences. If used, the surrounding crowd within earshot…

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On this day in history….

Posted October 19, 2012 by

October 20….. On this day in 1774, the First Continental Congress creates the Continental Association, which calls for a complete ban on all trade between America and Great Britain of all goods, wares or merchandise. On this day in 1803, the U.S. Senate approves a treaty with France providing for the purchase of the territory…

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Getting back to basics; Following standards on base

Posted May 10, 2013 by Master Sgt. Christy Anderson

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — I was in the office and a staff sergeant I work with noticed someone walking across a parking lot to the flight kitchen with no hat and no blouse on. I was shocked at what I saw. So much so, I left the office and went into the flight…

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A place for everything; everything in its place

Posted August 23, 2013 by Col. Brian Smith

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Just like some of you, my family and I are right in the middle of yet another move, our ninth in our Air Force career. There are boxes everywhere in our house. Life simply doesn’t slow down enough to make it as smooth of a transition as we would like it…

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Weapons school program back up, running

Posted February 14, 2014 by Col. Adrian Spain

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — USAF Weapons School Class 13B was cancelled as a result of sequestration and marked a significant event in the history of the weapons school. The school was at a cross-road. The fiscal realities of the future meant difficult choices about the future of the school had to be made. Initial proposals…

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Respect nature’s power

Posted July 3, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

Many Nellis AFB Airmen enjoy taking in the beauty of nature outside of the Las Vegas area. Two of the most popular destinations for experiencing nature are Red Rock Canyon and Mount Charleston.

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Leading in our fiscal environment

Posted June 15, 2012 by Commentary by Capt. Nicholas Shimkus

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (AFNS) — While executing a few mission rehearsals in the middle of the African desert, one of my men was returning to our rally point on his all-terrain vehicle and was being a little too aggressive in his maneuvers. Sure enough, he ended up in the dirt with the ATV…

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