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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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Honored to serve in Honor Guard

Posted February 19, 2016 by Senior Airman David Bernal Del Agua

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Thornbury McCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.—”Bearers, Attention.” Standing motionless on the side of a cemetery road, rendering a perfect salute, waiting for the hearse to pass us and stop just paces away. The family, close behind, tries to remain together one last time before their loved…

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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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Stunned by gun: Airman shocks away fear

Posted April 8, 2016 by By Airman Daniel Snider

“Taser, Taser, Taser,” is all I heard moments before suffering the worst pain I’ve ever put my body through. Instantly, 50,000 volts of electricity surged from one prong touching my shoulder, through my torso, and to the other prong placed at the back of my hip.

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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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Clergy Day: Nellis Chapel team’s got your back

Posted February 19, 2016 by Chap. (1st Lt.) David Jenkins

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Growing up I was one of the smaller guys in my neighborhood. Being the runt in my school lent me to getting into fistfights and being bullied. Fortunately, I had a powerful ally that always had my back. This person was my older sister Laura. She would stick up…

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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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Courage to Continue: Theme of 2016 National Prayer Breakfast

Posted April 8, 2016 by Chap. (Maj.) Tam L. Cookson

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” — Sir Winston Churchill, English statesman It takes courage to live life. After all, life is unpredictable. Sometimes life doesn’t go as expected. Sometimes it doesn’t follow our plan. Sometimes it isn’t all we hoped for. This military life…

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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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