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Progressive relationships

Posted September 1, 2017 by Chap. (2nd Lt.) Marcus Brooks

One of the greatest lessons I learned about building relationships as a chaplain candidate came from the instruction I received from a first sergeant assigned to an explosive ordnance disposal unit. The first sergeant briefed my chaplain candidate class about his unit’s accomplishments and responsibilities. One year prior, an EOD Airman was killed in action…

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Analyzing failure, realizing success

Posted February 5, 2016 by Col. Ryan Samuelson

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar —“We have an issue. I’ll call him in and figure out why he failed to …” said the supervisor who walked into my office that sunny day. “Stop,” I said, “find out the facts, let me see the outcome of the mistake, and let me see if I own it…

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What motivates you?

Posted November 25, 2015 by Col. Kirsten Benford

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Motivation is an idea that is used to explain behavior. It is the reason for people’s actions, desires and needs. What motivates you? Is it a pay raise, promotion, family or friends? When I applied for an ROTC scholarship back in the early 1980s, my motivation was monetary. I…

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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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Earning the GAFPB: an Airman’s evolution

Posted January 6, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Derek Seifert

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Swimming has never been a problem for me in the past, but this time was different. As I walked out of the locker room and saw the line of U.S. Army Soldiers and U.S. Navy Sailors waiting and watching as fellow participants struggled to complete the swim, a feeling of…

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Drivers continue to find road bumpy after answering automobile ads

Posted March 3, 2017 by Army & Air Force Exchange Service

DALLAS — An individual or individuals using the “Exchange Inc.” name to handle vehicle purchases has once again been placing advertisements in auto magazines and commercial newspapers, leading Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers to believe they’re purchasing a vehicle through the Department of Defense retailer. “This has been an ongoing issue for several…

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I was abused, reasons I ignored it

Posted November 4, 2016 by 931st Air Refueling Wing

Courtesy photo Domestic Violence Awareness Month, observed in October, was established to raise awareness and reduce the numbers of those abused. MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.—October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In observance of this, this article discusses one citizen Airman’s experience to shed light on this issue. “I swear I would never have hit…

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KC-135 Flight Commentary

Posted July 1, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Overall, there are very few things that I’ve found that can truly get me animated. Finding passion in certain things has always been something that I have struggled with. It’s not something that I find a serious issue, quite the opposite in fact. I feel with being so levelheaded;…

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The importance of mentorship

Posted November 6, 2015 by Lt. Col. Scott Linck

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — When I worked at U.S. Africa Command, the organization took steps to connect its member countries and cultures, to include referencing local proverbs during meetings. The most frequently mentioned saying was, “If you want to travel fast, travel alone; if you want to travel far, travel together.” This was…

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Just Say No! Easy answer to marijuana use question for military members

Posted December 2, 2016 by Major Simone V. Davis

On Jan. 1, 2017, recreational use of marijuana will become legal in Nevada. Does that mean you, a military member stationed at or temporary duty to Nellis (or Creech), will be able to light up? Not so fast! Marijuana use is and will continue to be a crime under military law. The fact that Nevada…

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