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Default Air Force Logo A time to play crud
What is crud you ask? I could spout off the book definition of the fast-paced military game originating in the Royal Canadian Air Force played on a snooker table. However, my personal definition of crud would describe an historic game of camaraderie played throughout every club in the Air Force. I have heard several Air Force members around the
0 2/22
2007
Default Air Force Logo A promotion story
As a young senior airman in the mid 1980s, I didn't put a whole lot of effort into Weighted Airman Promotion System testing. With that said, I was one of the lucky ones. I made staff sergeant on what was then called carry over: WAPS scores were carried over six months later and promotion selections were made twice a year for staff sergeant. Being
0 2/22
2007
Default Air Force Logo Three deadly sins of supervision
We can't afford to have weak supervisors.  With security forces manpower scare in my unit and with many other career fields in similar shape, the Air Force at war can't afford sloppy supervision.  I'm not talking about poor handwriting on a feedback form you gave or even a late EPR.  I'm talking about deadly sins.  I'm speaking about methods that,
0 2/13
2007
Default Air Force Logo Post deployment a rocky road for returning Airmen
Now that most of our AEF 3 Airmen are back, it's a good time to share some tips and observations on the personal side of post deployment. Many first-time deployers talk about difficulty sleeping when they get back. Usually that's just jet lag. You should expect to need a one day readjustment period for every time zone you crossed coming home. Get
0 2/05
2007
Default Air Force Logo Believing in what you do
On a cold, snowy night in February 1985, an image was burned into my memory that I'll never forget. I had driven home to Kokomo, Ind., from college to see my parents. My dad was working at a local supermarket, and since he was on the late shift, I thought I'd stop by the store and surprise him. As I walked in the entrance, I noticed five young
0 2/05
2007
Default Air Force Logo Life is tough
"Plants are shaped by cultivation and men by education. We are born weak, we need strength; we are born totally unprovided, we need aid; we are born stupid, we need judgment. Everything we do not have at our birth and which we need when we are grown is given us by education." -- Jean Jacques Rousseau, Emile, On Philosophy of Education No truer
0 1/22
2007
Default Air Force Logo The tyranny of metrics
Whether we like them or not, metrics are a fact of life, and they track much of what we do in the Air Force. Many deal with our primary mission such as weapon system alert rates, crew readiness rates and present for duty rates. However, many more have to do with ancillary responsibilities, and those are the ones that typically get us into trouble.
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2007
Default Air Force Logo AFA: Truly committed
It's with a great deal of pride and humility that I highlight your Air Force Association and its commitment and dedication to our uniformed services. Air Force members put themselves in harm's way virtually every day and ask for nothing in return. Our freedoms and piece of mind are fruits of their labor, and we owe them our respect, loyalty and
0 1/17
2007
Default Air Force Logo Martin Luther King, Jr.
He was a prominent leader of the Civil Rights Movement whose spirit lives on today through what he accomplished in the past. Many of those who lived during his time can relate, understand, and appreciate his efforts, but does the young generation really know the works of the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Every third week in January we
0 1/17
2007
Default Air Force Logo Holidays: A great time to invest in social capital
I love the holiday season. It is a time to truly live, love and laugh out loud. It is a time to be thankful for who we are, what we are and what we have become. It is also an excellent time to invest in social capital. What is that? Social capital is having a network of personal friends and belonging to supportive groups where you build personal
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2006
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