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Taking care of Airmen

Posted June 3, 2016 by Senior Airman Christopher Tam

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — What is Airman Leadership School? ALS is probably the most stressful and overwhelming experience I have yet to go through in my Air Force career. In my four and a half years in the Air Force, I have had multiple supervisors. Some good, some bad, and some in-between. Even…

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How CFC helps

Posted November 6, 2015 by Maj. Neil Gregory

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — The Combined Federal Campaign is something I look forward to each year. It is important to me because it easily permits me to support organizations that raise awareness, funds research and assists those afflicted by a rare genetic disorder that runs in my family. One of my older brothers…

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Why traffic stops during reveille, retreat

Posted March 11, 2016 by John Turner

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. — As the drum roll of the national anthem began on base, my guests were puzzled when I stopped our conversation mid-sentence, turned toward the music and placed my right hand over my heart. We were outdoors. Nearby, traffic on Goddard Drive lurched to a halt. After the last note…

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Critical thinking is way of future

Posted August 12, 2016 by Senior Airman Cory Gossett

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Many people in leadership positions, be it military or civilian, say education is the way of the future and believe through education problems can be solved, efficiency improved and the mission completed. I came from that world, graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management….

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Staying resilient in dark times

Posted December 18, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Jake Carter

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The holiday season can be hectic for Airmen here. Some have the opportunity to go to their hometowns or have family come see them. But, some Airmen don’t have the opportunity to spend time with their loved ones during the holiday season or they don’t have anyone to turn…

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#NotJustApril: Know your part, do your part

Posted April 22, 2016 by Lorinda Pirrie Peterson

PETERSON AIR FORCE AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Working in the field of sexual assault prevention and response, it’s presumable that I think about the subject more frequently than the average person. As such, my children have been subjected to a plethora of discussions regarding risk reduction and effective bystander intervention — far too many…

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Balance is key

Posted October 9, 2015 by Maj. Wesley Wade

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Whether we’re talking about our life, family or career, it boils down to balance. Having a healthy balance is the only way that we can sustain effectiveness. I can recall times as a young officer when working 14 hours a day was common. There are times when the mission…

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Qualities of Leader

Posted January 28, 2016 by By Senior Master Sgt. Jason Chiasson

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey — As I walk around Incirlik and speak with Airmen or attend professional development seminars, Airman Leadership School or First Term Airman’s Center briefings, I am usually asked the question, “What makes a good leader or what do I have to do to make it in the Air Force?” If you…

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Same-sex relationship

Posted June 10, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Kristan Campbell

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.—President Barack H. Obama once said, “Every single American — gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender — deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of our society.” In light of June’s LGBT Pride Month, the Air Force has made strides in how we regard…

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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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