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Lead With Perspective

Posted June 1, 2018 by Col. Patrick G. Miller

“If you were in charge for a day, what would you change?” This is a popular question leaders ask. The intent of the question is to gain perspective. Often times, one’s view is based on where they sit. So to compensate for personal biases and capitalize on the diverse skills, talent, and experience of the…

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Blended retirement system problem — You could lose matching contributions

Posted May 18, 2018 by Capt. Matthew

If you’re in the blended retirement system and are fortunate to max out, or nearly max out, your yearly contribution to your thrift savings plan, listen up! The matching contributions are not as straightforward as they seem. The current yearly maximum in 2018 you can contribute to your TSP is $18,500. DOD will match contributions…

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High-touch leadership

Posted May 18, 2018 by Lt. Col. Chris Carnduff

Technology has revolutionized our lives and the Air Force. Our high-tech culture and military are capable of unprecedented effectiveness and agility due to the speed of communication. In many facets of our personal and professional lives, technology gives us the ability to communicate rapidly and accomplish a variety of tasks with minimal personal interaction. However,…

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Are you there for those around you?

Posted May 4, 2018 by Chief Master Sgt. T. Brent Chadick

Have you ever met someone who changed how you look at yourself? Someone who did the right thing, time after time, despite the difficulties? Someone who was a leader not because of their rank, but because of their character? This is a story about one of those people and how he had the power to…

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Communication — An essential element to success

Posted May 4, 2018 by Col. Stephen Lanier

I consider myself an optimistic realist, or a realistic optimist, depending on the day of the week. By that I mean that given any set of circumstances, a great attitude, focus and hard work can produce a successful outcome. When the task at hand requires teamwork (like most situations do), “good communication” is an essential…

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What I learned from a child

Posted April 6, 2018 by Chaplain (Maj.) Molly Lawlor

I was tired from my temporary duty travel and landed at my final destination after dinner time. All I wanted was to get home and sleep in my own bed. As I caught the airport shuttle, I noticed one of the passengers hang up a dress bag with an Army uniform in it. Out of…

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Dense planetary core stifles epic changes

Posted April 6, 2018 by Lt. Col. Cory Damon

I am not an astrophysicist, an organizational psychologist or someone that thinks change is good for the sake of change. I’m a thinker who appreciates a visualization analogy every now and then … so, yes, I’m a little bit nerdy. My planetary analogy provides us all an opportunity to continuously evaluate our inherent human condition…

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Holocaust remembrance: Fighting hate

Posted March 23, 2018 by Staff Sgt. Andrew Shodi

Less than 100 years ago, the Holocaust claimed over 11 million lives in one of the most horrific events known to mankind. During this time, about two-thirds of Europe’s and one-third of the world’s Jewish population were murdered by systematic ethnic cleansing. The Jewish victims made up about six million of the 11 million murdered….

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Oh, the places you’ll go

Posted February 23, 2018 by Lt. Col. Glenn Cameron

Everyone knows Dr. Seuss’ famous phrase. It’s filled with hope and excitement, possibility and wonder. Now let’s apply it to everyday life and the Air Force. Yes, there are some amazing locations and opportunities, but there’s also deployments and temporary duty taskings, even some stateside assignments or training courses. Perhaps you’re currently in a career…

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Balance spending, saving, investing to build future nest egg

Posted February 23, 2018 by Master Sgt. Aubrey Buhr

How many of you have gotten paid and, within a few days, have spent your entire paycheck? I can remember being a young senior airman and having my flight chief ask me, “What are you doing with your money?” to which I replied, “Spending it!” The flight chief laughed and then asked me, “Do you…

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