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T.E.A.M. – Together, Everyone Achieves More

Posted March 4, 2016 by MSgt Steve Kim

“There is no limit to what can be accomplished if it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “Team” is one small word that can make a big difference. No matter where you are, no matter what you do, you cannot do great things without a…

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Every vote counts

Posted August 26, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The right to vote is an important right granted to U.S. citizens and with the elections right around the corner it is imperative for military members and their families to know that there are resources out there to make sure one is able to exercise their right. The Federal…

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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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The time I was hit by a truck

Posted July 27, 2018 by Lt. Col. John Berger

On June 23, 2012, I was hit by a truck as I crossed the street in St. Louis, Mo. A white pickup truck ran a red light, hit me and then rolled over top of me. It was a hit and run and the police were unable to identify the driver. The last thing I…

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Next Level Instruction: Zero cost institutional improvement in Air Force

Posted June 3, 2016 by Maj. Ryan A. Slaughter

Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. — The final 18 months of my assignment to the 435th Fighter Training Squadron at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, brought about an interesting shift in our approach to student training that has cemented my views of leadership. During that time we actively sought out techniques and principles to improve…

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Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class BrieAnna Stillman
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Suicide … It needs to stop

Posted October 5, 2018 by Airman 1st Class BrieAnna Stillman

“I remember sitting in my room typing up a letter to everyone, apologizing for being such a failure and causing so many problems. I finished typing the note and had my pills lined up on the table.”

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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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It’s what you do next

Posted October 27, 2017 by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks

In the Air Force, Airmen are constantly waiting on results. Weighted Airmen Promotion System tests, promotion boards, officer packages, award packages and many other opportunities to advance are in the minds and goals of almost every Airman. The cold reality is only a certain number of people will get the news they want. For those…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes
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Think again, before carrying open, concealed weapons on base

Posted March 11, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes

There is a lot of misunderstanding on who can carry a weapon on base.

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Embracing diversity by leading from the front

Posted June 24, 2016 by Col. Greg Gilmour

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — Often times when we hear terms like diversity and inclusion, we think of them more as buzz words or a way to hold someone accountable for not doing the right thing. But what does diversity actually mean to us in the Air Force? To me, it’s simple: place the right…

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