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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Chasing runner’s high

Posted June 20, 2014 by Senior Airman Michael Smith

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — I hear it all the time: “I hate running.” To be honest, I didn’t like it too much either, until five years ago when it was taken away from me. My only goals back then were to run track for Clemson University and make it to the Olympics —…

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Difficult force shaping calls made tougher by undeserved ‘Firewall 5s’

Posted June 20, 2014 by Master Sgt. Ethan Peters

LAJES FIELD, Azores — I was not a very good Airman in the early days of my Air Force career. I was passably good at my job and very bad at the Air Force. Here is an actual quote from one of my early Enlisted Performance Reports, “Improved responsibility in off-duty affairs would quickly set this…

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Leader, wingman, father

Posted June 13, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — I am a new Airman at Nellis Air Force Base, and, as Father’s Day rolls around I’m not home to celebrate. Since I can’t celebrate with my father, I find myself more inclined to produce a sentimental approach this year. In honor of father’s day, I’ve decided to write a…

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