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Default Air Force Logo Asking for help is courageous
In the 1990's it was not uncommon for an Airman to hear the phrase "Suck it up!" It was also rare to find the supervisor who would encourage Airmen to seek help to work through mental health concerns. It seemed the Senior Noncommissioned Officers were worried more about maintaining the appearance of a strong and ready force. Unbeknownst to them,
0 12/16
2014
Default Air Force Logo Reserve provides opportunities for separating Airmen
Are you separating from active duty and concerned about what will happen after you separate? Are you aware of the opportunities and benefits available in the Air Force Reserve and how you can apply them to your situation?As a recruiter for the Air Force Reserve Command Recruiting Service for the past 13 years it has been an honor and a privilege to
0 12/01
2014
Default Air Force Logo Make smart, responsible choices
When I was a child, my grandfather picked me up from school every day and would always ask me the same thing, "What did you learn today?" and no matter what my responsewas to his question, it would always trigger the same comeback from him, "Think, think, think!"It would anger me every day, not clearly understanding what he meant, but that speech
0 11/19
2014
Default Air Force Logo Get to know your people
When it comes to recognizing someone for a job well done, we often go straight to putting them in for some form of a monthly, quarterly or even annual award.Regardless if we are wearing the airman battle uniform or come into work wearing khakis and a collared shirt, being recognized for a job well done, by human nature, makes us feel good and keeps
0 11/14
2014
Default Air Force Logo Professional growth through service
Retired Lt. Gen. Randall M. Schmidt, former 12th Air Force commander, once told me, "Your rank and position in the Air Force entitles you to nothing." He went on to say; "No one should be asking what they can do for the boss. The boss should be asking - what can I do for you."His inspirational leadership left an indelible mark on my character. I
0 11/12
2014
Default Air Force Logo Veterans Day: Service, professionalism, sense of duty
As Strikers we have a proud heritage, one that each of you are a part of through your service. You carry on the great responsibility that Strategic Air Command dutifully accepted more than half a century ago: stand as a force to deter America's enemies and assure America's allies, exhibiting our strength through peace.SAC stood watch over the
0 11/10
2014
Default Air Force Logo National Red Ribbon Week
The National Red Ribbon Week Campaign will run from Oct. 27 to 31. Love Yourself - Be Drug Free! is the campaign's national theme this year, and offers Airmen the unique opportunity to reinforce the Say No to Drugs message.The event began in 1985 when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, a drug enforcement agent, who
0 10/27
2014
Default Air Force Logo Third of domestic violence victims in active-duty military families are men
Army Special Forces Sgt. Casey Gray clearly recalls the day when his fiancée turned violent.Gray was severely injured in a helicopter crash in early 2011, and was recuperating at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He was in a wheelchair, with his arm in a sling and his head covered in bandages.The couple was at a nearby hotel where she was
0 10/17
2014
Default Air Force Logo Legacy of Valor
I have a challenge for you. I challenge you to name five Airmen who contributed to our Air Force's legacy of valor. I know you can name at least five different types of military aircraft. I'm fully confident you can name the majority of aircraft currently being flown today. However, I doubt you can name five Airmen who demonstrated valor and tell
0 10/17
2014
Default Air Force Logo Lessons in Leadership
We all learn leadership lessons from everyone we come into contact with. Some of the lessons are what we want to do or emulate; some lessons are what not to do.Several years ago, I started a document which sits on my computer desktop, and it contains some of the most impactful lessons I've encountered. It is filled with mostly one-liners about
0 10/17
2014
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