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Deeds, not words make ‘quiet professionals’

Posted August 29, 2014 by Maj. Peter Abercrombie

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — As I was preparing for my assumption of command of the 60th Aerial Port Squadron, I was learning as much as I could about the squadron. One thing I immediately looked at was our squadron patch, because I wanted to see the emblem that represents the squadron to the rest of…

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Leadership Lessons: Do you know our Air Force Heritage?

Posted August 22, 2014 by Lt. Col. Rudolf Kuehne

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — On June 28, 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie were assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist. One month later on July 28, the Austrian-Hungary Empire declared war on Serbia and by mid-August the great powers of Europe would be embroiled in war. Within a short time…

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15 seconds: A rude awakening

Posted August 15, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Cliffton Dolezal

U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter Airmen and their families hit the road every summer to travel and enjoy a little relaxation. When making travel arrangements that involve driving long distances, be sure to get enough rest the night before and take breaks as needed. LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark….

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Voice within

Posted August 8, 2014 by Anonymous

LANGLEY AFB, Va. — “Can your significant other sexually assault you?” The answer was a resounding silence. No one knew how to answer the ‘Sex Signals’ speaker. I knew. I knew the answer. Rather, the sudden urge to vomit and then excuse myself from the auditorium gave me my answer. “Yes. Oh, my God. Yes,” said a…

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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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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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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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