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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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Empowering our Airmen

Posted November 1, 2013 by Maj. Kelly A. Gerlach

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — The beginning of a new fiscal year always brings a unique set of challenges. Fiscal year 2014 is no exception. Not only did we start off the fiscal year with a government-wide shutdown, but we now also find ourselves in a continuing resolution environment coupled with sequestration. For more than a…

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Care for others but care for yourself

Posted November 1, 2013 by Chaplain (Capt.) James Taylor III

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — April 4, 2008, my sister awoke for the last time to a world that had not always treated her with kindness. We were two weeks shy of her 31st birthday, and six weeks shy of a family wedding … my wedding. April 4 would be the last day I…

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Chapel celebrates 50 years of connecting people

Posted October 25, 2013 by Maj. Rolf Holmquist

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — As the chapel celebrates its 50th Anniversary this October, 50 years can seem like a long time, but age is relative. For example, there are ongoing debates of how old the universe is, its existence ranging from thousands to billions of years. Consider that the United States is only 237…

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I’ll flip you for it attitude

Posted October 25, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Brian Bender

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — “I’ll flip you for it.”  I’m sure we’ve all heard those words, but I’m willing to bet not many have heard them come from a noncommissioned officer. When I first heard those words nearly 10 years ago as an airman first class, I’ll admit I thought it was funny….

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Conserve energy, save money

Posted October 18, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Some people can remember their parents telling them to ‘turn the lights off when they leave the room’ or ‘close the door; you weren’t raised in a barn.’ Children don’t pay bills so why would they worry about wasting energy? As an adult, that mindset can change quickly paying the…

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Identifying domestic enemies

Posted October 18, 2013 by Col. Joseph L. Prue

THULE AIR BASE, Greenland — As members of the military, we have all taken an oath of service. For officers it is the Oath of Office and for enlisted service members it is the Oath of Enlistment. Although the titles are different, there is an identical statement in both that sparked my curiosity one day: “support and…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nieves Camacho
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To serve with honor

Posted October 11, 2013 by Airman 1st Class John Nieves Camacho

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nieves Camacho Airman 1st Class John Nieves Camacho, 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, recently completed a three-month commitment to the 4th FW Honor Guard. Honor guardsmen primarily perform military honors at official base functions and Service member’s funerals. SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — “FIRING PARTY! TENCH…

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Leadership lesson: My biggest mistake as an NCO

Posted October 4, 2013 by Command Chief Master Sgt. David Duncan

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — What was the most important leadership lesson you learned during your career? This question has been asked of me quite a few times as I get the awesome opportunity to speak with our Airmen around base. I have been asked this question from such groups as the First-Term…

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