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Chief Master Sgt. John Evalle Dedication to others helps us shine as individuals
I have been an avid reader of leadership and motivation authors for many years and themes spliced together from two of my favorite authors have become integral to my approach to leadership success in the Air Force as well as life. As described in "Habit Two" in Stephen R. Covey's top-selling book, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People," a
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Senior Airman Dennis Sloan, 628th Air Base Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, walks on the Joint Base Charleston flightline in search of a photo May 5, 2013. A victim of sexual assault, Sloan says his passion for photography "keeps (him) breathing" and offers solace from his otherwise painful memories. (U.S. Air Force photo/ SrA George Goslin) Finding light through darkness
Keeping a secret that defines you, that has shaped your life for nearly three years now and is sure to shape the rest, a secret that you go to sleep with every night and wake to every morning is sometimes hard to keep trapped inside.I could probably go my entire life without revealing the sad truth that I was raped by another Airman, but to stay
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Col. Dana James, 60th Medical Operations Squadron commander What is your nametag's reputation?
I have learned "growing up" as an Airman that I have a responsibility to protect the reputation of the nametag I wear next to my heart each and every day--the United States Air Force. It means that we are part of the greatest military ever known and we have a duty to uphold the high standards and reputation set by those who served before us. In
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The Fairchild Air Force Base headquarters building will be lit up teal for the month of April in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Janelle Patino/Released) Fairchild's April SAPR Focus: Dragons Can Be Killed
This is my second April in command where we pause for a moment to emphasize our efforts to eradicate sexual assaults in our military. Certainly, this is not just a focus for April, but warrants 365 and 24/7 vigilance to battle back the scourge within our ranks that continues to corrode our trust. I have three reflections looking back over my time
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Lt. Col. Thad Middleton, 9th Air Refueling Squadron commander Live in the now
The following is not a call for the masses to abandon career paths in order to join roaming bands of vagabonds along the coasts or to take up a hermit's quest for nirvana deep in the valleys of the Rocky Mountains. This is a request for each of us to take a second and live for today, live in the now. Too often, leaders become so focused on the
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Ronald Mayfield, Warrior Ride cyclist, takes a moment to relax on his bike March 21, 2014, at the Hampton Park in North Charleston, S.C. In 1996, Mayfield received head injuries that caused severe weakness on his right side along with a speech impediment. After years of recovery, Mayfield’s speech has greatly improved and he is now one of the Warrior Ride’s strongest cyclists. The Warrior Ride is a non-profit organization that uses adaptive bicycling and other morale building events, such as kayaking and golf, as a tool for recreation and rehabilitation for our injured war heroes.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Clayton Cupit) Taking off the training wheels, experiencing the Warrior Ride
It's early Friday morning, and bitter cold, the kind of unwelcoming cold seldom felt in the morning air in the usually warm LowCountry. A frigid breeze seeps into my mouth and chills my blood from the inside out. I would've stayed inside my car all day, avoiding this unpleasant air if only I could. I sat in my car with the heat turned up, listening
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Senior Airman Keli J. Morgan stands on the summit of Mount Whitney in 2013. Morgan experienced acute mountain sickness when summitting the same peak during a 2011 trip. (courtesy photo) The difference a day makes
Editor's note: Senior Airman Keli J. Morgan has two very different passions. One is for his devotion to his duty as a medic for the 349th Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Travis Air Force Base. The other is mountain climbing, and not in a small way. In the fall of 2013, I reached the summit of Mount Whitney for the second time. As a medic, human
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Chief Master Sgt. Jayson Watson, 82nd Aerial Port Squadron The forgotten eligibility requirement
As a new Airman in 1989, most of my career focus was on my next stripe and what was required to become eligible for promotion. Given the first three stripes were dispensed on a time schedule, my preparations were sadly, little more than showing up on a daily basis and waiting for the magic day of promotion. Eight stripes and 25 years later, my view
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Default Air Force Logo Apply HEAT to customer service
Before entering the military I spent seven years as a civilian manager with the Hertz and Avis corporations, dealing with many interesting customer service situations. Contrary to the saying, unfortunately the customer is not always right. Since the military is not a profit-based organization, some believe that customer service is not integral to
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Airman 1st Class Vernon L. Fowler Jr., 6th Air Mobility Wing honor guardsman, presents the flag at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., March 14, 2014. The base honor guard prides itself in showing the utmost dignity and respect in all the services it provides. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Senior Airman Shandresha Mitchell/ Released) Honorable and Faithful Service
"On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Air Force, and a grateful nation please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one's honorable and faithful service."It would be difficult for someone to imagine the feeling of staring into the eyes of a grieving family member while presenting them a
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