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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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‘Painting’ with MICT

Posted October 16, 2015 by Lt. Col. Scott Crabtree

What are you doing to get ready for the Air Combat Command Inspector General inspection in November?

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New year, new you? Tips for successful resolutions

Posted January 8, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Denise Nevins

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — Have you ever gone into the new year certain this will be the year you change your life for the better, but after just a few weeks, you fall right back into the same habits? Well, you are not alone. According to John Norcross, a distinguished professor of clinical…

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Absentee voter tips for military members

Posted September 28, 2016 by

DOD photograph Members of the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team pass on the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s message for U.S. military and overseas citizens to submit their absentee ballots in time for the upcoming general election. With less than two months until the general election on Nov. 8, absentee voters are beginning to receive their…

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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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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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Communication — An essential element to success

Posted May 4, 2018 by Col. Stephen Lanier

I consider myself an optimistic realist, or a realistic optimist, depending on the day of the week. By that I mean that given any set of circumstances, a great attitude, focus and hard work can produce a successful outcome. When the task at hand requires teamwork (like most situations do), “good communication” is an essential…

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Critical thinking is way of future

Posted August 12, 2016 by Senior Airman Cory Gossett

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Many people in leadership positions, be it military or civilian, say education is the way of the future and believe through education problems can be solved, efficiency improved and the mission completed. I came from that world, graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management….

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Please give tomorrow a chance

Posted April 22, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Steve K. McDonald

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va.—In March 1983, I was 16 years old and a senior in high school. I had a sister who was 17 and a brother who just turned 19. Through interesting circumstances, we were all seniors together. On March 4, 1983, my brother committed suicide. That was a tough time for our…

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