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Busted: Top 10 RPA myths debunked

Posted October 16, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay

Drones. The once harmless term has taken on new meaning in recent years largely due to miseducation, Hollywood dramatizations, and their growing uses in non-military settings.

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Character

Posted February 5, 2016 by Brig. Gen. Karl McGregor

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar —“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” said Martin Luther King Jr., in one of his most famous speeches. Character is what’s…

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I know who, what, when and where … but why?

Posted November 13, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. David W. Hardy

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — Leading by example can be a heavy burden, but it is the burden we choose to carry when we don the uniform each day. As leaders, we should focus on showing others “how” to be an American Airman who embodies the core values. We should also explain “why” it matters…

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In Your Corner

Posted March 18, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Rodriguez

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — It’s the fifth round of the fight. You are exhausted and the sweat from your brow makes it hard to see. Every muscle aches; the bell rings and you stagger to your stool by the ropes. Who is in your corner? I’m a boxing fan. I look at life…

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New year, new you? Tips for successful resolutions

Posted January 8, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Denise Nevins

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — Have you ever gone into the new year certain this will be the year you change your life for the better, but after just a few weeks, you fall right back into the same habits? Well, you are not alone. According to John Norcross, a distinguished professor of clinical…

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An open letter to my peers — ‘The in-house recruiter’

Posted October 16, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Tarshishcia J.S. Aiken

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — I’ll never forget the first time my Air Force pride shot through the roof of my heart. It wasn’t upon graduating basic training; that was more of a weight lifted relief. It wasn’t the first time I saw an F-22 Raptor take off, and it wasn’t when I, as…

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Analyzing failure, realizing success

Posted February 5, 2016 by Col. Ryan Samuelson

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar —“We have an issue. I’ll call him in and figure out why he failed to …” said the supervisor who walked into my office that sunny day. “Stop,” I said, “find out the facts, let me see the outcome of the mistake, and let me see if I own it…

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What motivates you?

Posted November 13, 2015 by Col. Kirsten Benford

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Motivation is an idea that is used to explain behavior. It is the reason for people’s actions, desires and needs. What motivates you? Is it a pay raise, promotion, family or friends? When I applied for an ROTC scholarship back in the early 1980s, my motivation was monetary. I…

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Empowerment: More than just a word

Posted March 25, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Ryan Sparks

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — I am a first-term Airman at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. I am approaching one year time on station and getting close to achieving the next skill level in my job. At this stage in my career, my number one focus is on training and mastering…

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The Courage to continue

Posted January 8, 2016 by Chap. (Lt. Col.) Dwayne A. Jones

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Every Airman has a story, what is your story? Some stories are so compelling and powerful they can change your life. Maybe your story and life experiences can change someone else’s life. On Jan. 21, 2016, Nellis Air Force Base is sponsoring a Storytellers event where you can hear…

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