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Oh, the places you’ll go

Posted February 23, 2018 by Lt. Col. Glenn Cameron

Everyone knows Dr. Seuss’ famous phrase. It’s filled with hope and excitement, possibility and wonder. Now let’s apply it to everyday life and the Air Force. Yes, there are some amazing locations and opportunities, but there’s also deployments and temporary duty taskings, even some stateside assignments or training courses. Perhaps you’re currently in a career…

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Balance spending, saving, investing to build future nest egg

Posted February 23, 2018 by Master Sgt. Aubrey Buhr

How many of you have gotten paid and, within a few days, have spent your entire paycheck? I can remember being a young senior airman and having my flight chief ask me, “What are you doing with your money?” to which I replied, “Spending it!” The flight chief laughed and then asked me, “Do you…

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An Overlooked Aspect of Leadership

Posted February 9, 2018 by 1st Lt. David Melton

One of the things I value from a leadership perspective is the ability of a leader to follow. Have you ever heard of the phrase, “too many Chiefs; not enough Indians?” This phrase refers to a group of people with a common goal who all appear to be leaders, yet progress is difficult to achieve….

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Healthier Life: Tips on how to ace your PT test

Posted February 9, 2018 by Guy Leahy

I have yet to encounter an Airman who did not want to achieve a score of 90 on his or her PT test. However, many do not know how to train to accomplish this, and the Internet is an unreliable source of information. With this in mind, here are some evidence-based training tips that will…

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More than I asked for

Posted January 26, 2018 by Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick

I left home for the first time in my 20 years of living on Jan. 10, 2017, to become an Airman. I saw the Air Force as an opportunity to better myself through professionalism, education and experience. As a first generation Airman I went in blind, but I knew what I wanted and I wasn’t…

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Healthier Life: Your brain on exercise

Posted January 12, 2018 by Guy Leahy

We have libraries of data documenting the benefits of exercise for the body. What about the brain? Quite a bit of research collected over the past several years points to the conclusion that, yes, when you exercise, your brain benefits, too. Exercise improves a variety of brain disorders, including chronic stress, anxiety, depression, memory loss,…

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The power of communication

Posted January 12, 2018 by Airman 1st Class Joshua Magbanua

The name of the English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton might not be familiar to many people, but they may know his famous quote, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” My objective is not to convince the reader that words win over swords, but to illustrate the ability communication has to influence masses and win conflicts….

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Hanukkah … Kindling of the Menorah

Posted December 22, 2017 by Chaplain (Capt.) Levy Pekar

Courtesy photo Hanukkah, a holiday most known for candles, doughnuts and rebellions, is a time when Jews celebrate vanquishing their enemies, rebuilding their temple and, most importantly, kindling of the Menorah. The Menorah was a seven branched candelabra made of pure gold situated at the entrance of the ancient Jewish temple. It was lit every…

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Operational security especially important during holidays

Posted December 22, 2017 by Dennis Morris

Holiday vacation time is upon us, and many of us will be leaving the area. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, sometimes we forget about common sense security practices. It is important to remember to practice good family Operational Security (OPSEC). What does OPSEC have to do with the holidays? OPSEC is…

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Growing as a leader through others

Posted December 8, 2017 by Col. Josh Olson

Many consider leadership a trait you’re born with, while some consider it a trait you hone and develop through reflection and feedback. I contend it is both — we all have leadership qualities within us, and it is our life experiences and interactions that shape them. My kindergarten teacher, Ms. Gleason, was easily one of…

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