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Default Air Force Logo There's more to patriotism than meets the eye
I've always considered myself a patriot, but recently I've come to realize there's more to patriotism than wearing red, white and blue.Let me set the scene for my awakening.The cell phone rang; it was the boss. He began, "Rich, it's Todd. I've got good news and bad news."Taking the bait, I replied, "Go ahead, give me the bad news."His tone
0 10/18
2002
Default Air Force Logo You make the call
Have you ever heard the saying, "If the baby's ugly, call it ugly"? Not a very nice thing to hear, but it gets your attention, doesn't it?The meaning of this anonymous quote, quite simply, is to make the tough call.As a supervisor, you are placed in positions every day by your troops to try and accommodate one or more of their wishes. When you
0 10/16
2002
Default Air Force Logo Planning helps reduce stress when deployment ends
Prior to a deployment, the Air Force wants to make the separation as easy as possible for the military family so the member can concentrate on his or her job while away from home.Obtaining a power of attorney, setting up an allotment and ensuring family members are properly enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System so they get
0 10/11
2002
Default Air Force Logo No matter what uniform, we all must pull together
After more than 17 years as an Air Force civilian employee here, I have great admiration, respect and appreciation for the people who serve in all branches of our military.I also have a deep sense of pride in the way most Americans have responded to the sacrifices men and women in uniform have made on their behalf since the events of Sept. 11.I
0 10/08
2002
Default Air Force Logo Airmen depend on supervisors, so be a good one
What's the difference between a supervisor and a leader?As supervisors, you're responsible for your people's actions and for evaluating them according to standards. As leaders, you set the example by displaying integrity, honesty, dedication, fairness and concern for your subordinates. The roles of leadership and supervision go hand-in-hand.The
0 10/01
2002
Default Air Force Logo POWs, missing heroes show true meaning of patriotism
Friday, Sept. 20, is National POW/MIA Recognition Day, a time for us to pay special tribute to all Americans who were taken prisoner of war or are missing in action.On that day we reaffirm our commitment to those still missing and renew our pledge to make every effort to obtain the answers to their fate. We can do no less for these American heroes
0 9/20
2002
Default Air Force Logo Identity theft: how to protect yourself
Once upon a time, crooks were easier to identify. They were shady characters who waited in dark alleys to jump out and snatch whatever valuables you might have.With rapid advances in information technology, a new type of crook has emerged: the identity thief.The identity thief doesn't have to wait in an alley to rip you off. You may never even
0 9/17
2002
Default Air Force Logo Seize each day -- live life to fullest
Amazing how fast time passes. Seems like only yesterday we were unpacking the truck and settling in to a new assignment here. Somehow, almost unbelievably, it is time for the truck to return and move us to another new place to live.Without our permission, time moves our lives forward each and every day. If we aren't careful, we can settle into a
0 9/13
2002
Default Air Force Logo 'Extended family' remains strong benefit
Over the last few years, there has been a lot of talk of eroded benefits in the military and Congress scrambling to "catch us up" to the civilian sector.There is one benefit, however, that has not been eroded, remains strong and is seldom mentioned. That benefit is the sense of family I have always felt was an integral part of my tenure in the Air
0 9/03
2002
Default Air Force Logo Deployment: Expect the unexpected
Are you ready to deploy? Is your spouse ready to deploy?As a commander, I have had many occasions to deploy my troops and have asked these questions numerous times. However, I personally didn't fully appreciate the answers to those questions until recently when my spouse received a short-notice deployment tasking.Deployments have always been a part
0 8/30
2002
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