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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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Shattering the silence

Posted June 10, 2016 by Anonymous

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) — I’m tired of the sound of silence. At a recent Green Dot leadership training session, I was asked to write down on a piece of paper an action that I would do as a leader to help implement culture change. I wrote, “Write a commentary on domestic assault…

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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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Next Level Instruction: Zero cost institutional improvement in Air Force

Posted June 3, 2016 by Maj. Ryan A. Slaughter

Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. — The final 18 months of my assignment to the 435th Fighter Training Squadron at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, brought about an interesting shift in our approach to student training that has cemented my views of leadership. During that time we actively sought out techniques and principles to improve…

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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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Introspection

Posted April 29, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Jack Johnson Jr.

At each person’s unique period in life, they begin to look back, wondering if they truly made a difference.

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It’s what you do next

Posted October 27, 2017 by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks

In the Air Force, Airmen are constantly waiting on results. Weighted Airmen Promotion System tests, promotion boards, officer packages, award packages and many other opportunities to advance are in the minds and goals of almost every Airman. The cold reality is only a certain number of people will get the news they want. For those…

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Volunteerism affects positive change

Posted December 4, 2015 by Lt. Col. Stephen A. Simko

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Throughout our military careers, we often talk of being a volunteer force, a subset of our culture that has volunteered to serve our country in the profession of arms. Without disrespect to anyone currently in uniform or those that have served before me, I have always been in conflict…

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Service before self… not in spite of self

Posted September 21, 2018 by Lt. Col. Kevin Amsden

I’d like to take a minute to reflect on a commonly misunderstood Air Force core value — Service Before Self. At times, this is used as a justification to prioritize work above all other aspects of our personal lives; spending time with family, making it to the gym, etc. Interpreting this core value in this…

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Letter From a Survivor

Posted July 13, 2018 by Captain Tanya Wren

Courtesy photograph by Capt. Tanya Wren Editor’s note: The following story includes references to an actual sexual assault that some readers, especially those who are sexual assault survivors themselves, may find disturbing. Some names have been changed. October 15, 2010, at 3:03 a.m.: I am a survivor. It has taken me more than seven years…

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