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Setting standards consistently, every day

Posted September 20, 2013 by Master Sgt. David A. Kolcun

U.S. Air Force photo by Abner Guzman Senior Airman Angela Duff, 62nd Aerial Port Squadron, runs on a pathway along Heritage Hill April 19, 2010, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. as part of her daily routine. Cutting corners on daily routines and physical training requirements can set a poor example and lead subordinates to mirror…

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I got it

Posted February 28, 2014 by Master Sgt. Rick Longnecker

McCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kansas — We hear a lot of buzzwords in the Air Force today. Some of the most recent and heavily used are wingman and resiliency. To me the real question is what a wingman is, and how to build a more resilient force. I consider the Air Force my family, and each…

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Resiliency: A challenge at any pay grade

Posted July 13, 2012 by By Chief Master Sgt. Kurt Schmidtman

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Promotion to chief master sergeant is often seen as one of the ultimate accomplishments in an enlisted members’ career. Yet as a Chief, it can seem like one is expected to be impervious to outside pressures simply because we have years of experience in dealing with personnel issues of…

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Are your Airmen ready for HYT changes?

Posted January 25, 2013 by Dr. Todd Fore

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Most Airmen affected by high year of tenure changes announced in December will have one more opportunity to test for promotion before changes take effect in September 2013. If they don’t make it, they’ll be separated from the Air Force. Are your Airmen ready? As commanders, first sergeants, supervisors,…

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‘Lucky’ people take personal responsibility for their own success

Posted June 28, 2013 by Lt. Col. Mickey Evans

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — “She’s so lucky! He has all the luck!” Just like you, I hear these phrases thrown around from time to time. I’ve often been taken somewhat by surprise when I hear one of these comments. Don’t get me wrong, I think there are times when truly random events of good fortune…

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Count blessings as Thanksgiving draws near

Posted November 15, 2013 by Karla Bickley

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — It’s no secret that in life some days are just plain better than others. Yesterday was quite simply one of those better days. Yesterday was quite simply one of those better days — laughs, jokes, work, fun, shared experiences and food. It reminded me that when we sit together, break…

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Gifts between employees

Posted April 11, 2014 by Staff Sgt Nicole S. Igoa

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — As the summer permanent change of station season approaches, it is important all Department of Defense employees understand the ethics rules on gifts between employees. Oftentimes, a gift will be given to show appreciation to a departing individual. Although these gifts are common practice, there are applicable regulations that control their…

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A day for Constitutional conversation

Posted September 21, 2012 by Ken Dodd

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AFNS) — Sept. 17, 2012, marked the 225th anniversary of the signing of America’s Constitution. As federal employees, we commemorate that anniversary with Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Specifically, this day was established to ensure all federal agency employees have the opportunity to learn more about America’s great charter,…

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Parent of autistic child asks ‘why not?’

Posted April 5, 2013 by Jessica Turner

April is National Autism Awareness month NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — I was truly speechless the moment after his delivery. It was within those first 60 seconds when he was placed on my chest that my world completely changed. Children define the phrase “life altering.” They bring love, panic, laughter, tears, distraction, frustration and…

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Airman slowly kills himself by smoking

Posted August 2, 2013 by Airman Ryan Conroy

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — I’ve been slowly killing myself for the past three years. I intentionally inhale toxins that destroy my lungs and heart. I smoke cigarettes. But, I’m quitting — again. According to the health and wellness center’s tobacco cessation class, the average smoker will attempt to quit five to seven times before achieving…

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