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Default Air Force Logo One leader's view: Making the tough decisions
Do you have the courage to make the tough, unpopular, legal, moral and ethical decisions that come about in our business? I would suggest that those of you in a leadership position must have the courage to support your personnel when they make a tough decision in your absence, as long as their actions meet your intent (even though it may be
0 12/08
2006
Default Air Force Logo Focus on the day, not daily pressures
No doubt we have all been feeling the increased pressure from work and family as we have to do more with less in today's Air Force. This extends to less time for family and our personal finances. Many families have been struggling to make ends meet for some time, and it now seems that they have reached the end of their rope. The consequences are
0 12/08
2006
Default Air Force Logo Don't fear the feedback
We've all heard the saying, you learn more from a bad boss then you ever do from a good one. I've said this myself because I used to believe it. That is until I worked for Col. John Carter, the vice commander at Osan Air Base, Korea. He was a great boss. A little while after I started working as his executive officer, he asked me to make some time
0 12/08
2006
Default Air Force Logo Good follower, good leader
Everyone in our Air Force is both a follower and a leader. While the chief of staff of the Air Force is our senior Air Force member, he follows the direction of our nation's civilian leadership. Whereas a junior Airman may not supervise anyone, their actions, ability to follow orders and attitude certainly demonstrate leadership abilities. As we
0 12/04
2006
Default Air Force Logo Mentoring really does makes a difference
Many of you have seen the movie "Troy." It follows the typical date-flick format: nation-state has girl, nation-state loses girl, nation-state wants girl back. Many of you may not know, however, that this epic forms the basis for our present-day concept of mentoring. Enter Ulysses -- fierce warrior-leader, ruthless mercenary and all-around tough
0 12/04
2006
Default Air Force Logo Training proficiency is important part of MSET
The Missile Standardization, Evaluation and Training Assessment is Dec. 5 to 10. Training proficiency counts for a significant chunk of the total score (35 percent to be exact). Like evaluation proficiency, training proficiency includes scores from operations (30 percent), maintenance and communications (40 percent) and security forces (30
0 12/01
2006
Default Air Force Logo Freedom comes in guises
We know them, but we forget them. We ignore them, yet we cherish them. They number in the hundreds of thousands, and there is only one word. Freedom. Freedom comes in several guises: liberty, choice, free will, independence and rights. Those last two words might ring with thoughts of America's "Declaration of Independence" and "Bill of Rights".
0 12/01
2006
Default Air Force Logo How fitness helps your finances
What would you say to making an extra couple hundred thousand dollars? Well, the Air Force is doing its very best to put that check in the mail, but to get it, you also have a big role in earning this money--here's how. Almost three years ago, the Air Force implemented its new fitness program designed to promote a "Fit to Fight" mentality. The Air
0 11/17
2006
Default Air Force Logo Thank Warren gate guards for our safety
As you take the exit off I-25 bearing toward Warren, you slow down, dim your lights, drive over the speed humps and pull out your identification card, and at the gate is a person, gender unknown, in green camouflage, face and hands covered in black, extending their hand to inspect your identification card. It's 20 degrees outside, two inches of
0 11/17
2006
Default Air Force Logo NCOA lives up to its creed
It was one of the proudest moments of my life. There I stood behind a podium at my mother's funeral. I shuffled my papers organizing my thoughts and for some reason I looked up. What I saw took my breath away. As I panned the crowd from left to right, I saw that the pews were full of people sitting shoulder to shoulder from front to back. People
0 11/08
2006
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