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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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Every vote counts

Posted August 26, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The right to vote is an important right granted to U.S. citizens and with the elections right around the corner it is imperative for military members and their families to know that there are resources out there to make sure one is able to exercise their right. The Federal…

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Room at the table

Posted November 22, 2017 by Chaplain (Maj.) Kelvin Francis

One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is coming together around the dinner table and enjoying good food. I will never forget my first Thanksgiving at Grandma Ethel’s house. Grandma Ethel is my wife’s grandmother and no one prepared me for my first taste of her food. After we sat down, gave thanks and I…

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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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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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Find combination to unlock your Airmen

Posted November 18, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Michael Thomas

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — There is not a more important position in our Air Force than that of a supervisor, but just being put in charge of personnel is not enough. Our official approach of a supervisor’s responsibility is to influence his or her followers to perform an action, complete a task, or…

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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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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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Change … key to progress

Posted March 31, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Christopher C. Johnson

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — If anything is true, change is true … as Benjamin Disraeli famously said, “Change is inevitable.” The biggest challenge for me when I enlisted in 2008 was learning to accept and manage change. This challenge should have been simple; however, it was not welcomed easily. Leaving my hometown of…

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