Commentary

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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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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Change … key to progress

Posted March 31, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Christopher C. Johnson

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — If anything is true, change is true … as Benjamin Disraeli famously said, “Change is inevitable.” The biggest challenge for me when I enlisted in 2008 was learning to accept and manage change. This challenge should have been simple; however, it was not welcomed easily. Leaving my hometown of…

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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
Commentary

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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Don’t give up — down by two with 60 seconds left

Posted August 26, 2016 by Chaplain (Capt.) David Jenkins

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — A few months ago, I witnessed something I thought I would have never seen in my life-time. A professional sports team from Cleveland, Ohio, won a championship! The 52-year curse was lifted or the “mistake by the lake” is a “mistake” no longer. I thought I had died and…

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Effective followership: a path for all Airmen

Posted December 8, 2017 by Lt. Col. Michael L. Boswell

Every leader is a follower, but not every follower is a leader. We do an exceptional job of training leaders, but more often than not, don’t focus enough on effective followership. Society tends to equate effective followership to nothing more than “brown-nosing.” We relish identifying as good leaders versus good followers, but one cannot exist…

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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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Voices

Posted May 6, 2016 by Chaplain (Capt.) Jason T. Klodnicki

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “I sound just like my mother!” — “I swore I would never say that to my children!” These are phrases that sometimes grace our lips as we live our lives and grow and experience family. We sometimes, like history, repeat the follies of our parents and bestow more stories…

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