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Default Air Force Logo "Irrational" decisions
Have you ever thought to yourself that someone else's decision was "irrational?" Perhaps the negative ramifications seemed greater than the potential benefit; thus (in your mind) the decision didn't add up. Many of us in western society, and particularly those of us in the United States' military, tend to evaluate decisions based on this type of
0 3/15
2007
Airmen are reminded to review such items as their virtual record of emergency data, or vRed, and personal information in the Virtual Military Personnel Flight at http://ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil. (U.S. Air Force graphic) Personnel Records Readiness: Are you ready?
Because change is the one thing you can count on, take time now to review your personnel records to ensure they are ready for whatever is around the next corner. The Air Force Personnel Center is establishing an annual campaign to encourage Airmen to review their records at the beginning of each year to make sure they remain complete, current and
0 2/27
2007
Default Air Force Logo My Friend
You have been with me my whole life, giving me the guidance and courage to do the things I want and helping me fulfill my goals wherever I go. I remember the first time I met you. I think it was Kindergarten. You always seemed to be confident and proud no matter what might have been said about you. I remember greeting you every morning and
0 2/27
2007
Default Air Force Logo Mission: Mentoring
In a word, mentors are helpers. They are people who care about us and what we are trying to accomplish. It seems almost intuitive to me that an Air Force which embodies core values of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do also encourages mentoring amongst its members. Professional Military Education schools are very
0 2/26
2007
Chief Master Sergeant Tim Bolon, 28th Civil Engineer Squadron first sergeant Approach is Everything
Are you one of those people who feels you need to light up an Airman whenever he does something wrong? If you really think about it, what are you proving when you do that? Are you trying to prove you're the boss? I believe the stripes on your arm or the insignia on your collar are indicators that you are in charge. An individual once told me he lit
0 2/05
2007
Default Air Force Logo Saving and investing for your future
As I polled the young Airmen in my squadron for topics they thought would be useful and applicable in the early stages of their careers, several asked me to address the issue of saving and investing for the future. The multitude of investment options and those people willing to advise you, especially for a fee, can seem daunting. However, like most
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2007
Default Air Force Logo Potential pitfalls of leadership
"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." This phrase, attributed to Lord John Acton, carries an important caution for leaders -- if they are not careful, the power that leaders wield may cause them to lose focus on the positive impacts they can make and, instead, do things they might not otherwise have done. How often have
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2007
Default Air Force Logo Are you ready for change?
Change has been the topic of conversation in the Department of Defense for a few years now, especially since former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld mandated the transformation of the military when the Bush Administration took office. In the Air Force, that conversation has gotten increasingly louder as our leaders have redirected resources to
0 1/17
2007
Default Air Force Logo “In-lieu-of” taskings, the Air Force and Ellsworth missions
Every couple of weeks I have the pleasure of briefing Ellsworth Air Force Base's newest first-term Airmen. Every time I brief these young Airmen, I make the point that the majority of our day-to-day focus here in the 28th Bomb Wing is to put "Bombs on Target from B-1 Bombers." However, since Sept. 11 many Ellsworth Airmen have participated in
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2007
Default Air Force Logo A Thought for Veterans Day
Once a year, on Nov. 11, we turn our thoughts to Veterans. In my opinion, the proportion is way out of balance. If you think about it, we should honor our veterans' everyday of the year. In my opinion, few military people advocate going to war. They know the horrors of it. Many have seen the killing, maiming and wounding first hand. Others get a
0 11/09
2006
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