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(U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Samantha Krolikowski) Chief’s advice: Take care of your people
After sitting in on dozens of professional development panels there is one question that always comes up, "What does it take to be a chief?"Take care of your people. You may have noticed I said people rather than Airmen; this is because we work with enlisted, civilians and officers. I have seen as many different answers to this question as I've
0 4/27
2015
Default Air Force Logo Preventing sexual assault in the Air Force is our enduring responsibility
As we begin Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, clear signs point to the progress we have made in combating sexual assault. We can cite encouraging numbers in the areas of prevalence, reporting and convictions; however, this serves as only the beginning of an enduring effort. This effort must continue without pause and we must not lose
0 4/02
2015
Carlton Everhart II, Lieutenant General, USAF, Commander Letter to Airmen: Accomplishing the mission safely, responsibly
Mobility Airmen,In my last letter to you, I asked you to call "time out" and re-evaluate how we can safely accomplish our local and global mission. Since then, our wings have held safety down days and the feedback I have received from your leadership has been very positive.We are off to a good start, now I challenge you to continue to maintain that
0 3/10
2015
Col. Brian A. Hill is the Vice Commander, 92nd Air Refueling Wing, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The 92nd ARW provides KC-135 aircraft and aircrews to support world-wide aerial refueling and airlift missions in support of the Department of Defense. The wing operates 35 KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft for coalition and contingency operations. Leading diversity
Before Brown v. Board of Education declared school segregation illegal in 1954; before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 eradicated lawful discrimination in public accommodations; and before the Voting Rights Act of 1965 doubled down on the Constitution's 15th Amendment by guaranteeing no one would be denied the right to vote based on race, the U.S.
0 3/02
2015
Default Air Force Logo I really shouldn’t be here … times two
A couple of feet, a half a second. These may seem like insignificant measurements; but when combined with fatigue, a couple of feet almost cost me my career, and that half a second almost ended my life.There was a time when I was an enlisted aircraft electrical and environmental systems specialist and was part of the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Unit,
0 1/29
2015
Default Air Force Logo A day of service honors us all
"What are you doing for others?"Martin Luther King Jr. posed this as "life's most persistent and urgent question." In honor of the slain civil rights leader and his commitment to community service, Jan. 19 will be "a day on, not a day off." This phrase was coined in 1994, when Congress designated the federal holiday as a national day of service to
0 1/15
2015
During mornings, “Reveille” signals the beginning of the duty day and is played at 6:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, followed by “To the Colors.” “Retreat” signals the end of the duty day and is played at 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Motorists should come to a complete stop upon hearing music during these times. (U.S. Air Force photo graphic by Airman 1st Class Taylor Curry) It’s 1700 somewhere
Its side effects can range from confusion to induced sprinting for cover, to feelings of pride. It has the power to stop people in their tracks and causes self-induced paralysis for nearly two minutes at a time.Reveille and Retreat ceremonies occur on most military installations across the U.S. at the beginning and the end of the duty day,
0 1/06
2015
Airmen from the 22nd Training Squadron clear trail paths with family and friends as part of their resiliency and team-building activity on Tubbs Hill in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, August 11, 2014. A team of about 30 volunteers from the 22nd TRS and SERE Solutions Inc., along with family friends, participated in a two day team building and resiliency event that ended with an overnight stay at a local campground, followed by a 15 mile bike ride down the historic Hiawatha Trail in Wallace, Idaho, that crosses the Montana border.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes/Released) A greater impact
- If you've been in the Air Force for at least a month, you've probably heard someone say Airmen should get out and volunteer, and that's great advice. However, what usually follows that statement causes some concern for me and other Airmen.It's not something we want to admit because it doesn't sound good, but most supervisors have probably
0 12/15
2014
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton) Let's stop talking about diversity, start talking about readiness
The good news is that we're making great progress as we seek to make our Air Force a more diverse and capable force.  The bad news is that too many Airmen are tired of talking about it, and too many Airmen are coming to work every day feeling that their career prospects are limited by the color of their skin, sexual orientation, or gender.Our
0 11/17
2014
(U.S. Air Force graphic) Do you 'really' know who you are talking to?
When you're young, you don't think much about online safety. At 19, I didn't have a care in the world; I just wanted to meet new people. Little did I know my care-free attitude online would change my life forever.In January 2013, I made an account on a social media site my friends recommended. At first I just wanted to see what it was about, then
0 10/27
2014
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