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Holiday survival: weathering the financial blizzard

Posted November 20, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Greg Nash

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — It’s that time of year again. As the holiday season approaches, we will be bombarded with alluring advertisements, extensive winter holiday shopping lists from family members and store holiday sales enticing us to spend big. Are you prepared to spend money during the holiday season? Are you nervous because…

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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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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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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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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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Home is where the heart is

Posted October 30, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” For me, this adage holds especially true when I look at one specific picture. Since I saw it last October and every time I’ve looked at it since, I reminisce about the place I left in order to serve…

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Staying vigilant with cyber security

Posted October 30, 2015 by Senior Airman Adarius Petty

U.S. Air Force graphic by Adarius Petty October is cyber security awareness month and members are advised to stay mindful about what they say and post on social networks. In recent years military members and their families have faced dangers due to information leaked on social media. CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Cyber security…

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Mentoring through crisis: Creech Airman shares leadership advice

Posted October 23, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Matt

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Last year I attended the Global Leadership Summit through simulcast where I heard from numerous influential leaders.  One address that stood out to me as a new NCO and supervisor was given by Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric. He said that one of the best pieces of advice…

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All about perspective

Posted October 23, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. Jacob P.E. Dunbar

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Some people get spun up about the smallest things. They allow the actions and behaviors of other people to upset them, and they lose their cool. Getting mad is a personal matter, and gaining a cooler head takes perspective and the ability to adjust. Individual values, expectations, norms and cultures often…

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Feedback is essential to AF integrity

Posted October 23, 2015 by Lt. Col. John Hansen

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — I was going through some old files, and I found a few notes that were written to me by the comptroller of a major command on several different occasions. One letter conveyed his best wishes on my birthday. A second one thanked me and my unit for our hospitality during…

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