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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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Same-sex relationship

Posted June 10, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Kristan Campbell

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.—President Barack H. Obama once said, “Every single American — gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender — deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of our society.” In light of June’s LGBT Pride Month, the Air Force has made strides in how we regard…

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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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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes
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Think again, before carrying open, concealed weapons on base

Posted March 11, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes

There is a lot of misunderstanding on who can carry a weapon on base.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colby Hardin
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Finding strength through my Air Force family

Posted December 18, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Christopher Thornbury

I joined the military to provide for my family, but I never would have expected the challenges my family would face and how we would evolve. When I enlisted in the Air Force I joined another family without intending to do so. This family has been with me ever since, especially during my family’s darkest tragedy.

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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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U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay
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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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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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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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