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Default Air Force Logo Reflection on the past
After serving in the United States Air Force for over 25 years, I feel fortunate to have been a part of some very exciting times.I joined the Air Force towards the end of the Cold War, and was first stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. During my first couple of years there, we still had F-15 aircraft on constant alert at various remote
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Default Air Force Logo Living Diversity
Kindergarten was the first time I began fielding questions about my racial background.  I had just been sent to live with my black father and his new girlfriend, in their black neighborhood. My olive skin tone and hair with a mind of its own caused me to stand out.After a few weeks at my new school, I told my dad about the questions I'd faced to
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Default Air Force Logo Practice personal safety, security
With more information than ever available in the public realm, everyone has the responsibility to safeguard sensitive information, both on the job and at home. Information that may seem harmless by itself can be pieced together with other information to form a more complete and sometimes harmful picture by our adversaries.There are a few steps
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The skyline of New York City presented from the Rockefeller Center March 17, 2015. Procrastination can make life goals challenging, whether it’s getting a new job or going on an adventure to NYC, people should keep their goals in mind when managing their time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Malcolm Mayfield) Procrastination preludes the problem
Things arise in our everyday life that can, and probably will, affect our futures. Those tasks, challenges or issues are things we need to overcome to forge the best life we can. Whether it's deciding our next career move or changing the oil in our car, waiting to take care of a simple task could cause a greater issue.Now I don't mean you should
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Default Air Force Logo FIP: Own It
It has been about a year now since the Force Improvement Program became a part of our everyday lexicon in the ICBM community. In that relatively short period of time we have already seen numerous material improvements directly attributable to that program: OCP uniforms for our defenders, new crew vehicles and increased funding for weapon system
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Leaders must provide suitable instructions for Airmen so they may develop into the future leaders, just as one must provide the proper nutrients to a sapling for it to blossom into a large tree. Though it may take years of personal sacrifice, providing the right core knowledge will allow them, one day, to pass on the proper information to those they mentor. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Brandon Valle/Courtesy photo) Providing shade
In 2012, I had a long talk with my father about my future in the Air Force and of my challenges with stepping into the world of being a first sergeant.At the end of our conversation, he signed off with a Greek proverb, "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in."I chuckled with a bit of ignorance
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Default Air Force Logo Accomplishing the mission through passion, inspiration, motivation
So, here I sit... on President's Day, right after Valentine's Day and the NBA All-Star Game, and one week to the biggest inspection we will face in two years. I am challenged to write a leadership commentary and make it immediately relevant without sounding, in the words of famed writer John Grisham, like I'm standing on a soapbox or preaching
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Maj. Stephanie Wilson, 90th Missile Squadron commander, stands in front of her squadron as they pose in the Weapons Storage Area, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Nov. 8, 2013. (U.S. Air Force file photo by R.J. Oriez)
Remembering the past, advancing the future
There are many articles in the news about how far America has to go in terms of reducing bias and prejudices, especially involving the African-American community. There isn't a lack of comment or opinion on how to divide and categorize this nation along color lines.One of the things I love about this country is that, as a woman of West Indian
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Airman 1st Class Ozzie Galvin, 90th Force Support Squadron, poses as a softball pitcher on a baseball field on F.E Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Feb. 9, 2015. Galvin demonstrates the focused attention of a pitcher. (U.S. Air Force illustration/Lan Kim)
“Hit it out of the park”
As America's pastime sport quickly enters its new season, baseball pitchers across America prepare for the season in hopes of making it to, and winning, the World Series. This can also be said about the Air Force and their preparation to be inspection ready.In order to be successful in both, it takes evaluation and preparation. As we started the
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Default Air Force Logo Leadership Fundamentals
As we reflect on last previous year and our continuously transforming Air Force, it is imperative that we remember a basic fundamental premise; leadership is about people and forging professional relationships.It is growing more and more important to connect and relate to our Airmen with open and honest communication at the forefront. If there is
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