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Senior Airman Sean Brown, 91st Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, was deployed to The Transit Center at Manas Kyrzygzstan to aid in the refueling of aircraft in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Courtesy Photo) There I Was...
There I was...making a mad dash with my co-pilot to the dining facility to grab food for a mission with an unknown duration. We had just been alerted and told to standby for our take-off time. This wasn't my first time being deployed to The Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan; I had been there earlier that year in the spring. As a boom operator on
0 6/13
2014
Lt. Col. Sharon Gober Choices
Each day we make choices. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross states, "I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime." In making decisions about my own career and family planning, I have been reflecting on this topic and challenge you to do the same. Force
0 6/13
2014
Airman 1st Class Spencer Marks at his deployed location. Among his jobs was escorting nationals from various countries. (Courtesy photo) There I Was...MacDill Airman 'thankful' for experience
I was fortunate enough to be afforded the opportunity to join my brothers and sisters in the Middle East less than a year after I graduated basic training. Eight months after arriving at MacDill, I was not only anxious and excited, but confident in the training I had received early in my career; ready to support the global mission.Leaving MacDill
0 5/28
2014
Senior Airman Cornelius Bransah during his deployment as a member of a force protection team. His job was to provide security for contract workers. (courtesy photo) There I Was...Life as a force protection team member
There I was standing with pillow in hand, backpack strapped, duffle bag in the dirt by my side, and in my view were tents, more dirt and all new faces around me.Actually, let's rewind two months back to my home base.I recall the day I got my tasking clear as ever...It was another beautiful morning at the 6th Medical Group and I had just finished a
0 5/22
2014
Lt. Col. Sharon Gober Use of urgent care centers and emergency rooms
How well do you know the benefits available to you through your Tricare plan? Some insurance directives are specific to your local military treatment facility. Through past experiences, our population has grown accustomed to having all expenses related to medical care, prescriptions and tests paid, not giving too much thought to seeking urgent care
0 4/24
2014
Mr. Robert Hughes Are You Prepared
Every day, every hour, and for the most part, every minute we have a decision or choice to make. We strive to stimulate a culture of responsible choices throughout the Air Force. In our wings and squadrons, we stress the importance of making responsible choices, both on the job and away from the work centers. As leaders, we remind people during
0 4/24
2014
Tamara Parker, U.S. Central Command’s Communication Integration directorate program manager, holds Dylan, son of Sgt. Fredrick J. Coleman, USCENTCOM public affairs, up to the lectern to let him see the camera and teleprompter at the media briefing display during USCENTCOM’s Family Open House at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 18. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Fredrick J. Coleman/Released) Family Day at USCENTCOM
When I first heard about the U.S. Central Command leaders opening the doors to the headquarters April 18 to host families of USCENTCOM during the first ever Family Open House, I couldn't wait to show my family what makes this headquarters a unique place to work.After months of planning, hard work and preparation with directorate representatives,
0 4/24
2014
Chief Master Sgt. Thomas B. Mazzone, 6th Air Mobility Wing command chief.

Professional Development - It's Everyone's Responsibility
The U.S. Air Force requires much of us these days, and members of our profession of arms are busy meeting these demands. We must ensure we're not too busy to ignore our responsibility of continually developing each other. Mentoring, feedback sessions and counseling are all forms of professional development, often leading us to the thought that it's
0 4/21
2014
Lt. Col. Sean Jones Strength through Diversity
In an uncertain world full of potential threats to peace and stability, it's good to know that there are strong forces that help counterbalance those threats...forces like the United States Air Force.The recently released document, Global Vigilance, Global Reach, and Global Power for America (GV-GR-GP), highlights airpower's role in maintaining a
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2014
Lt. Col. William Baez Why we do what we do; it can inspire us
Why we do what we do can inspire us. Getting to defining "why" has many leaders and industry consultants focusing on cultivating the "why" of an organization to improve performance and the company culture.The theory is that we make decisions based on what we believe about a company and product, not just what it is. Think of BMW and their "Ultimate
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2014
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