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Promotion is in your hands

Posted June 22, 2012 by By Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — It is up to you to get promoted, Senior Master Sgt. Jeff Noxon, Air Force Personnel Center enlisted promotions and testing superintendent, advises enlisted members. The enlisted promotion system is based on several weighted factors, most of which are within the member’s control, he said. Those factors include time…

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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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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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Medical ‘C-code’ not a deployment disqualifier

Posted June 8, 2012 by By Debbie Gildea

U.S. Air Force graphic by Corey Parrish JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, TEXAS (AFNS) — Contrary to common belief, a medical assignment limitation code, commonly known as the “C-code,” does not disqualify an Airman from deployment, and it does not identify an Airman for medical discharge. A “C-code” applied to a member’s profile for…

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Air Force Chief of Safety sends Memorial Day Critical Days of Summer 2012 Message to all personnel

Posted May 24, 2012 by anradmin

SUBJECT:  Critical Days of Summer – 2012   “Safety — It’s Personal” is the theme for this year’s Critical Days of Summer safety campaign, which runs from 25 May through 3 Sep 2012.  This year’s theme is a reminder that safety is everyone’s responsibility and the decisions we make impact our friends, families and Air…

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Beat the Heat – Check the Backseat

Posted May 24, 2012 by By Senior Master Sgt. Philip J. Liberati

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — As the temperature begins to rise, the risk of death to children left in vehicles also begins to rise. According to figures from the Department of Geosciences at San Francisco State University, an average of 38 children die each year in hot cars. The numbers typically begin to climb…

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Memorial Day Safety

Posted May 18, 2012 by By Rod George

The 2012 Memorial Day holiday period begins at 6 p.m., Friday, May 25, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 28, which means millions of travelers are about to hit the road, traveling to see family and friends for the long weekend.  For the past six years, the Memorial Day holiday weekend has averaged 11.5…

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How it works in the real Air Force

Posted May 11, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Chris Stagner

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) — Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy recently issued a call to arms for all enlisted Airmen in his perspective paper: “Now is the time for bold leadership.” In this message, he states it is up to the enlisted force to lead with integrity and return…

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It takes Airmen from every specialty to get job done

Posted May 4, 2012 by Commentary by Lt. Gen. David Goldfein

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) — Recently, two of our U.S. Air Forces Central Command Airmen were criticized online by other Airmen for receiving Bronze Star decorations after completion of their deployments to Afghanistan. I’d like to take this opportunity to explain the rigorous awards board process and emphasize the meticulous manner in which we ensure each…

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If you write it, own it

Posted May 4, 2012 by Commentary by Maj. T. Allen Herritage

(AFNS) — Two recent stories on the Air Force’s web page drew significant reaction in the site’s comments section. Both a story on finance troops being awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the news that Air Force Space Command was ending wear of flight suits by non-aircrew personnel drove more comments than any story I’ve…

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