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Adapt, overcome

Posted April 15, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer

PEORIA, Ill. — My firstborn child recently turned 2 months old. Amidst the irresistible joy of having a new little buddy, I look back over these last eight weeks and wonder how my spouse and I survived. I am a writer, but there are no words I can find adequate enough to describe the terror…

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#BeThere

Posted October 7, 2016 by Master Sgt. Wendy Barraza

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.—When the phone rings in the middle of the night, it’s like an alarm going off in your brain. No one calls at one in the morning to say they were “just thinking of you.” I received one of those calls 13 years ago and woke to my mom telling me…

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On/off duty — we are Airmen 24/7

Posted October 2, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — My job as a public affairs professional consists specifically of communicating with the public to gain support for our Air Force personnel, resources and missions. Although my job’s primary purpose is to strengthen the bonds between the Air Force and the public to promote public understanding and support of…

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Spirituality inspiring people

Posted January 22, 2016 by Ch. (Lt. Col.) Dwayne A. Jones

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev., — What does spirituality mean to you? Some people are under the impression that a person must be religious in order to be spiritual. It is said that people perish for lack of knowledge, but we are all connected with a common spiritual thread that is contagious and connects compatible…

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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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Home is where the heart is

Posted October 30, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” For me, this adage holds especially true when I look at one specific picture. Since I saw it last October and every time I’ve looked at it since, I reminisce about the place I left in order to serve…

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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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Transparent leadership: An old concept for modern times

Posted August 12, 2016 by Col. Sean P. Larkin

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — We’re living in an age of hyper-connectivity. With sensors everywhere and supercomputers in our pockets, there’s a wealth of information available to everyone, whether it’s a review of a restaurant, an updated Air Force instruction or the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow (African or European). There are unofficial…

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Stories behind the names

Posted December 11, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — One night I was driving to my residence in base housing when my kids started asking questions. If you have kids or have been around kids for more than two minutes, you know they ask a lot of questions — which I am used to fielding and happily answering….

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Please give tomorrow a chance

Posted April 22, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Steve K. McDonald

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va.—In March 1983, I was 16 years old and a senior in high school. I had a sister who was 17 and a brother who just turned 19. Through interesting circumstances, we were all seniors together. On March 4, 1983, my brother committed suicide. That was a tough time for our…

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