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An open letter to my peers — ‘The in-house recruiter’

Posted October 16, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Tarshishcia J.S. Aiken

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — I’ll never forget the first time my Air Force pride shot through the roof of my heart. It wasn’t upon graduating basic training; that was more of a weight lifted relief. It wasn’t the first time I saw an F-22 Raptor take off, and it wasn’t when I, as…

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Analyzing failure, realizing success

Posted February 5, 2016 by Col. Ryan Samuelson

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar —“We have an issue. I’ll call him in and figure out why he failed to …” said the supervisor who walked into my office that sunny day. “Stop,” I said, “find out the facts, let me see the outcome of the mistake, and let me see if I own it…

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What motivates you?

Posted November 13, 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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Empowerment: More than just a word

Posted March 25, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Ryan Sparks

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — I am a first-term Airman at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. I am approaching one year time on station and getting close to achieving the next skill level in my job. At this stage in my career, my number one focus is on training and mastering…

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The Courage to continue

Posted January 8, 2016 by Chap. (Lt. Col.) Dwayne A. Jones

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Every Airman has a story, what is your story? Some stories are so compelling and powerful they can change your life. Maybe your story and life experiences can change someone else’s life. On Jan. 21, 2016, Nellis Air Force Base is sponsoring a Storytellers event where you can hear…

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Putting mental health in focus

Posted May 6, 2016 by Prerana Korpe

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Nearly one in five adults or 43 million Americans, have a diagnosable mental disorder according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Contrary to many other brain disorders, effective treatments are available for mental disorders. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time of year to bring awareness to mental health…

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Unique is not necessarily special

Posted June 17, 2016 by Chaplain (Capt.) John W. Schuetze

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.—Although our Armed Forces provides a unique type of service, it is not necessarily special. There are many different types of service even within the Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Within each of those we have active-duty personnel, reservists and National Guard as well. Each member…

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Innovation: Never stop improving

Posted October 16, 2015 by Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station commander

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. — ”Another article on innovation?” you say. I don’t have to tell you that there are more challenges across the Air Force than any time that I can recall: manning reductions, reduced budgets, infrastructure we can no longer afford, new requirements; response to advanced cyber threats, and the cherry…

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My oath of enlistment

Posted February 12, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Hughes

McCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. — I have been asked many times throughout my career why I joined the military. I typically answer, “For fortune and glory, isn’t that why everyone joined?” My response usually gets a little chuckle, which lasts long enough for me to change the subject. I change the subject because I…

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Holiday survival: weathering the financial blizzard

Posted November 20, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Greg Nash

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — It’s that time of year again. As the holiday season approaches, we will be bombarded with alluring advertisements, extensive winter holiday shopping lists from family members and store holiday sales enticing us to spend big. Are you prepared to spend money during the holiday season? Are you nervous because…

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