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Maj. Rob Ryder Profession of Arms
As I was debating what I wanted to write about, I reflected on my first year in command and thought about what stood out to me most. One question that seemed to resonate as I often find myself asking folks is "do you think that what you do is just a job?" I often use this question as a lead-in to try and articulate to Airmen, particularly
0 10/14
2014
Col. Peter P. Santa Ana Effectively Communicating
Successful outcomes depend heavily on effective communication. History illustrates this perspective in individual and family life, the workplace, desperate situations, and on the strategic world stage. Military leaders understand the importance of effective communication in relation to successful mission accomplishment and strive to provide tools
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2014
Default Air Force Logo There I Was...Armed with a cell phone loaded with numbers
So there I was, receiving the phone call confirming that I was selected for a short notice deployment tasking. I was going to serve as the 1st sgt. for the 780th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron in Mihail Kogalniceanu, Romania. It's a small city in south-east Romania near the Black Sea. My report no later than date was 15 Jan 2014. The mission for
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2014
Lt. Col. Nathan E. Schalles Are you part of the solution?
As our Air Force, military, and nation make the transition from continuous armed conflict to a time of reduced ops tempo, shrinking budgets, and reduced manpower it is clear that the environment we have become accustomed to is rapidly changing. Many of our senior leaders have challenged us to adapt to this change in various ways such as saving
0 9/24
2014
Lt. Col. Chad Daniels America's Military, the Arm of Freedom.
On September 11, 2001 I was enjoying a book on my bunk during a "down day" on my first deployment as a KC-135 crewmember to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia. In the middle of my page, I heard a commotion in the common area. An aircraft had just crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. We assumed a commercial
0 9/05
2014
Col. Michael Eppinger, 60th Surgical Operations Squadron commander Don't let slip ups distract, focus on good
As I come to the end of my term as commander for 60th Surgical Operations Squadron and prepare for my retirement, it's a good time to reflect back on the last couple of years. This has been my first real command position. I've served as a flight commander for several years and have served as deputy and interim squadron commander, but it's different
0 8/27
2014
Col. Randal Bright Shoot for the STARS
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the 927th Air Refueling Wing for the great change of command ceremony and the warm and hospitable welcome to MacDill Air Force Base. It is with great pleasure and pride that I assume command of this great wing. You should be proud of the accomplishments that you have done over the years
0 8/27
2014
Various scenes from Tech. Sgt. Jessica Fleurimond’s deployment to Afghanistan, where she served as a contracting specialist for construction contracts throughout the Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif, and Shindand Air Base areas. (Courtesy Photo) There I Was...
On Oct. 6, 2013, I started my deployment traveling journey which took me from Tampa, Florida to Norfolk, Virginia, and then on to Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan. Upon arriving at Manas AB, we were bused over to the PERSCO office where we received our in-processing briefing and instructions. I spent almost 96 hours at this location awaiting my
0 8/27
2014
Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Mazzone Making Time for Your Airmen
Editor's note: Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Mazzone is now the 2nd Bomb Wing command chief, Barksdale Air Force Base, La.No matter how often somebody states that time goes quickly, and to make the most of the time you have, generally speaking people tend not to consider those statements with much seriousness. I've been an Airman for almost 24 years.
0 8/27
2014
6th Aerospace Medicine Squadron commander Col. David E. Blocker Flightlines Submission: Analog Leadership in a Digital World
In today's military, every service member is a leader, and we all live in a "digital world." Look around any gathering of people; most of us are online with some form of computer or electronic device the majority of time we are awake. At home station or deployed, portable electronic devices and tablet computers are "necessary" for reviewing
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2014
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