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Understanding sergeant’s words: ‘I’ve got your back’

Posted August 8, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Patricia Yelverton

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Seeing the newly selected staff sergeants recently brought back memories of when I was selected for staff sergeant. Actually, my thoughts went to the night I graduated Airman Leadership School. As I crossed the stage after receiving my completion certificate, my co-workers gathered to congratulate me and shake my…

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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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U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar
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Lessons learned: Deployment exercise gives new insight

Posted July 25, 2014 by Master Sgt. Nicholas Alessi

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar Master Sgt. Nicholas Alessi, New Horizons engineer 820th RED HORSE Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., lays block at the Edward P. Yorke school construction site April 9, in Belize City, Belize. The site is one of five sites throughout Belize receiving new facilities…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika
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I am second: USAFWC command chief bids farewell after 30 years

Posted July 18, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Robert A. Ellis

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika Chief Master Sgt. Robert A. Ellis, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center command chief, poses for a photo outside of the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center headquarters building at Nellis Air Force Base, N.V., July 16. Ellis, who will be retiring after serving 30 years in…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sarah Hall-Kirchner
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Meeting veteran helped me feel connection with grandfather

Posted July 11, 2014 by Senior Airman Sarah Hall-Kirchner

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sarah Hall-Kirchner Dale VanBlair, World War II veteran, addresses the crowd that honored him for his 93rd birthday in Belleville, Ill., June 17. VanBlair thanked everyone for coming to his birthday party and told them that it felt amazing to be appreciated. SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — Twenty-five B-24…

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Layers of leadership

Posted July 3, 2014 by Col. David Chiesa

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Remember the movie “Captain America?” The main character tried to join the Army under different names and in different cities, yet he was always denied because of his size and perceived notions about his abilities. This comic book hero eventually overcame his lack of physical attributes, and defeated the…

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Do you have Air Force in you?

Posted July 3, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Edward Edgar

OXON HILL, Md. — When I think about being a good Airman first, there are two quotes that have framed my focus. The first came from Chief Master Sgt. A.C. Smith, the command chief master sergeant for the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. It was part of his address to the…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler
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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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Buy used cars with confidence

Posted July 3, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Rochelle L. Schwarz

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — As we bustle into summer and permanent change of station season, please be wary of used car dealership scams. Scams can be difficult to identify and can finically impact an individual for several years. Below are helpful tips to avoid auto dealer fraud: Research ahead of time. Always research the dealership…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz
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Farewell to ‘Mecca’

Posted June 27, 2014 by Col. Barry R. Cornish

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz Col. Barry Cornish, 99th Air Base Wing commander, sits for a media interview answering questions about his air force career June 17 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Cornish is set to relinquish command during a ceremony here June 27th, after two years in the…

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