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Invest time to help Airmen

Posted November 20, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Bitton

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Think back to when you joined the Air Force.  Did you know everything about your job, how the promotion system works, assignments, performance evaluations, deployments and so on?  I would have to say no, however, I would bet that at multiple points and times throughout your career someone took…

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A dream turned reality, MLK contributions to a diverse force

Posted January 15, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Kristan Campbell

He was the voice of promise, courage and equality. His mission was fostered by the belief that all men should be treated equal, despite religion or race.

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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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What motivates you?

Posted November 25, 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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The courage to act

Posted January 15, 2016 by Chap. (Lt. Col.) Dwayne A. Jones

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” — Martin Luther King Jr. The…

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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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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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Make a difference

Posted January 15, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Mike Heath

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Will you make a difference in someone else’s life today? We have all heard someone say, “Take care of your people and their families.” Have you ever stopped to think why we hear this so often? As Airmen, our number one responsibility is to accomplish the mission. However, without…

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