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African-American leaders thrive through education

Posted February 22, 2013 by Martha Lockwood

(AFNS) — It’s difficult to know when or how inspiration will strike, or who provides the personification that in our mind’s eye, we become. For some, it is a favorite teacher or an historical figure. For others, it is a parent. And for others, it may be a fictional character who helps us see how…

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Avoiding retreat is cowardly

Posted July 19, 2013 by Jo Rowe

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes Airman 1st Class Timothy Hilton, Senior Airman Alan Ruiz, and Airman 1st Class John Varner, 99th Air Base Wing Honor Guard members, carry the flag after taking part in the daily retreat March 13 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Honor Guard takes down the…

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First Sergeant explains wingman concept

Posted November 27, 2013 by Master Sgt. Brandy Walker

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — I would be hard pressed to find anyone, myself included, that at one point or another hasn’t gone down the wrong path. Maybe it was walking on the edge of breaking the law or flat out breaking it. Maybe it was financial troubles, sexual misconduct, drinking too much, relationship issues,…

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Dealing with the near rocks, far rocks

Posted March 31, 2012 by By Lt. Col. Pete Zuppas

“Let’s deal with the near rocks” is something many of us frequently hear these days at planning meetings, scheduling discussions, etc. I asked someone in my office what they thought the term near rocks referred to. They replied that it was in reference to the fact that road crews or prison chain-gangs…

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Honestly, how can we improve?

Posted October 12, 2012 by By Lt. Col. Matthew Nicholson

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — I think that we can all agree that honesty is important. But are we truly honest with our fellow Airmen when we give them feedback? How many times have you been told you are doing a great job but didn’t see that reflected in quarterly awards or performance reports?…

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Leadership not defined by shapes, sizes

Posted May 3, 2013 by Col. Jerry Wizda

Courtesy photo President James Madison led new nation during early trials, tribulations. INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey — Short in stature at 5 feet 4 inches, not particularly handsome, a bookworm and not exactly the life of the party, James Madison does not fit some perceptions of a leader. In today’s world, he probably would have…

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Get to know your Airmen

Posted August 23, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Anthony Hyatt

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — “It all starts with great NCOs and great supervisors who understand every Airman does have a story,” said the general. A part of taking care of people is knowing their stories. “Learn their stories. I am absolutely convinced that if we knew each other better, we would care for each other more,”…

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Leave your mark on future Airmen

Posted February 7, 2014 by Master Sgt. Peter Perez

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — Recently, I volunteered to write an article on mentoring, thinking I was pretty good at putting words on paper. If only it were that easy. The honest fact is I’m not really sure how to explain mentoring. After 19 years in the Air Force, I just know it…

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Leading across ‘tribal’ barriers

Posted June 15, 2012 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Clifford Rich

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Twenty-first century technology and the 24/7 news cycle have made the world “smaller,” but over millennia human nature has not changed. We long to identify with and belong to a tribe. The myriad of patches, uniforms, ranks and patchwork of partner nation flags bear witness to that constant…

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Military OneSource provides tax assistance service

Posted January 11, 2013 by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

(AFNS) — Military OneSource and H&R Block have joined forces again to provide a free online tax preparation service for service members. “Military OneSource is a gateway to a free tax preparation service, partnered with H&R Block,” said Tony Jackson , a program analyst for the Military OneSource program office. “We also have tax consultants…

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