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Be a Wingman’s ‘ghost’ during holiday season

Posted December 20, 2013 by Master Sgt. Jason Davis

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — I need each of you to be a “ghost” to your Wingman during this holiday season. No, that doesn’t mean I want you to “disappear” when it’s convenient for you-quite the opposite. Let me explain by saying, “Bah, humbug!” Dickens’ classic Ebenezer Scrooge character perhaps sums up what your Wingman might…

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Detached supervision breeds average performance

Posted December 6, 2013 by Master Sgt. Antonio Lindley

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Growing up as a child, I got in trouble for getting a “C” grade for my school work and it reflected on my report card. My mother, actively involved in my childhood development, instilled an ethos: “There is an enemy called average; you are not average and an average score…

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Develop a study plan that works well for you

Posted December 6, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. Patrick Edem

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — The weighted airman promotion season is back; chief master sergeant promotion testing period has just ended while senior master sergeant, master sergeant, technical sergeant, and staff sergeant cycles are fast approaching. My message, if you don’t read any further, is to study for promotion – I mean really study…

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First Sergeant explains wingman concept

Posted November 27, 2013 by Master Sgt. Brandy Walker

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — I would be hard pressed to find anyone, myself included, that at one point or another hasn’t gone down the wrong path. Maybe it was walking on the edge of breaking the law or flat out breaking it. Maybe it was financial troubles, sexual misconduct, drinking too much, relationship issues,…

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Quality of rituals determines quality of life

Posted November 27, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. Stuart Allison

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — Over the last year I’ve been on a quest to identify and highlight simple success strategies that, if followed, will increase career success. Where does one start on the path to becoming successful? Some would say, “habits,” but it goes farther than that. Habits are repeatable actions that we…

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First Sergeant stresses importance of on-the-spot corrections

Posted November 22, 2013 by Master Sgt. Shane Wacaster

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — A senior NCO asked me about five months ago if I had some time to discuss some [Airmen] issues. “Sure, let’s discuss it over lunch,” I replied. “I’ll meet you at the food court.” To my surprise the member asked if we could go somewhere else, and said that he…

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Safety Office explains top five reasons for Thanksgiving Day urgent care visits

Posted November 22, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Ramone Hayes

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — As Americans, we rejoice and celebrate the upcoming holiday season. However, Thanksgiving is the leading holiday for urgent care visits during the holiday season. Whether it is a burn, cut, food poisoning, sprain, strain or fracture or as simple as heartburn, have we learned anything from the mistakes we have…

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‘Keep calm, carry on …’

Posted November 15, 2013 by Col. Konrad Klausner

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — The slogan, developed in 1939 by the British government at the brink of World War II, still holds true today. With government shut down, sequestration, furloughs, etc., Airmen’s confidence in the future may be shaken. Change and reductions have already started. What we do not know is just how far cuts…

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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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Treating each other with dignity and respect

Posted November 8, 2013 by Gen. Larry O. Spencer

U.S. Air Force photo Gen. Larry O. Spencer, Air Force vice chief of staff WASHINGTON — When I was a young Airman, during the heat of an intense intramural flag football game, a fellow Airman, who was frustrated that he could not stop me from advancing the ball, yelled the “N” word out loud. I…

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