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  • Integrity forms foundation of leadership

    SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) -- Over the past 23 years, I've had the opportunity to observe and work for many military and civilian leaders throughout the armed forces. Each one placed a different emphasis on the essential qualities of a leader.Some of my highest-level supervisors and commanders stressed excellence and technical
  • Holiday time can be stressful for children

    As the holidays approach, parents are not the only ones who feel the demands of the season.Children also feel a rising anxiety as visitors, holiday events and marathon shopping outings disrupt their normal routines. Military families may have added stressors by having a family member deployed or getting ready for an impending separation, by long
  • Password protection key to information security

    Vulnerability, according to Webster's dictionary, means susceptible to attack. In relation to Air Force information systems, our goal is to identify and eliminate all vulnerabilities. The longer they go undetected, the greater the chance of an attack.Everyone in the Air Force, in one way or another, relies on protection of sensitive information
  • Budgeting now saves post-holiday stress

    It is that time of year again. The season everyone loves when it starts and hates when it ends. It is the holiday shopping season.Tired of struggling after the holidays leave nothing but a bunch of costly credit card bills and an empty wallet?A little pre-holiday budgeting and planning can help make holiday shopping what it should be: fun and
  • Command and Control wins fight

    Simply put, Air Combat Command's mission is to develop and nurture airmen, be prepared to deploy and be prepared to fight. Our six focus areas -- people, expeditionary operations, command and control, information operations, infrastructure and transformation -- prioritize our limited resources.My philosophy is: "If you don't control it, you can't
  • You're worth more than $4.50

    I remember reading some time ago that you could buy all the organic substances that form the human body for $4.50. Less than five bucks. Hmmm ... never thought about it that way before, have you? Does this make you feel insignificant?Way back when, back when I was only thinking about joining the Air Force, I believed the Air Force was some sort
  • Formula for success, leadership hasn't changed

    People, especially young airmen I meet when visiting our training units, often ask what it takes to be successful in today's Air Force.The things you should do to have a successful career have not changed since airmen first wore chevrons. Success is based on your performance in three primary areas: Air Force specialty, airmanship and leadership.
  • When it comes to integrity, practice makes perfect

    As most of us do, I often look at world events covered in the media from the perspective of "How does this affect me?" or "What lessons can I take away from these events?"The continuing war on terrorism, the one-year anniversary of Sept. 11, and the threat of a new war in Iraq have overshadowed other recent events in the national media with
  • Breast cancer -- A family story

    It's one of my first memories from my childhood, and it haunts me.I was sitting in the living room combing my mom's hair and it just seemed to fall out -- all of it.At six years old, I was affected by something most people may never experience. Although, according to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will.My mother was diagnosed with
  • Core values don't include drinking underage

    It used to be that having a couple of drinks after work was the thing to do. A whole group would head from the dorms to the Airman's Club and drink the night away.In the early 1980s, things started to change. The drinking age was changed to 19, then 20 and then 21. People were upset.I hear the same complaints today that I heard then: "If I am
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DYK: Aircraft have lifespans! Like humans, they require check-ups in the form of maintenance inspections to prolong their ability to fly. These "checks" prevent in-flight system failures which ultimately protects aircrew and passengers. Learn more from the 86th Maintenance Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany on what it takes to correct issues so aircraft can stay airborne.
WATCH: United States Air Force pilots talk about the importance of Exercise Saber Strike 18 as they refuel over the Baltic Sea on June 18, 2018. Saber Strike 18 is a long-standing training exercise designed to enhance interoperability between the U.S. and our allies. The training focused on improving land and air operational capabilities between the U.S. and our NATO allies. (U.S. Air National Guard video by: Master Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)
Check out some shots from yesterday's All-Star Armed Services Classic Championship softball game in Washington, D.C. This event, part of MLB’s All-Star Week, pays tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. Washington Nationals U.S. Army
Air Force and U.S. Army coed softball teams render military honors during the playing of the National Anthem during the All-Star Armed Services Classic Championship softball game, Washington, D.C., July 13, 2018. This event, part of MLB’s All-Star Week, pays tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. Washington Nationals
Great way to lead by example!
The United States Air Force is facing a pilot shortage. To help solve the challenge, the Aircrew Crisis Task Force was recently created to provide strategic direction and actionable recommendations to senior leaders on how to solve the aircrew manning crisis. FULL STORY: https://go.usa.gov/xUb3z
Your United States Air Force news: ✓ A B-52 crew assists in a search and rescue operation off the coast of Guam ✓ An Afghan pilot class graduates in the Czech Republic ✓ The Air Force is using innovative approaches to training pilots to make the process faster and more efficient
Now that’s how weathermen work! Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters fly weather reconnaissance missions into Tropical Storm Chris and Tropical Storm Beryl. http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1569944/hurricane-hunters-fly-tropical-storms-beryl-chris/
The F-22 Raptor's combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities. The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft. Maintaining these aircraft can involve a bit of a learning curve. Airmen at KadenaAirBase use past technology to help learn how to work with the undefeated Raptor. FULL STORY: http://www.kadena.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1567295/hard-to-raptor-head-around/
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The B-52 Stratofortress has sniper pods that provide improved long-range target detection/identification and continuous stabilize surveillance for all missions, including close air support of ground forces. Air Force Global Strike Command crew members on a B-52 were able to spot a historic Pacific Island style canoe so that the U.S. Coast Guard could rescue the six passengers!
For the past 60 years, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has continually helped us maintain a technological edge against our advarsaries. Together with the Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL, a fusion of ideas is leading to newly highlighted innovations.
SOUND ON! Celebrate freedom with the sound of freedom! Happy Independence Day!
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#DYK: The 1st Aero Squadron was the first tactical aviation unit to participate in American military action.… https://t.co/FPijKQVfHp
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RT @AFWERX: AFWERX is using Ideascale to offer USAF Airmen the opportunity to submit their innovative idea for the Air Force. Join the netw…
#Airman uses data from the #MQ9Reaper to give firefighters near-real-time information as they confront fires in… https://t.co/tX2TSbYrSg
#Airmen from 105th Airlift Wing learn impact of their mission as this #Airman shares her harrowing tale of survival… https://t.co/40kBNQOz3d
Maj. Onier Alejandro-Villarreal & Capt. Rodney McIntyre, 927th Aeromedical Staging Squadron medical techs, operate… https://t.co/YsMHOL2vV7
Only in the #AirForceFamily! The chances of being your sibling's replacement at a deployed location are slim to non… https://t.co/JRED65irZS
RT @AETCommand: “The squadron is the beating heart of the @usairforce; our most essential team,” - Chief of Staff of the Air Force @GenDave
.@MacDill_AFB #Airmen prove that in an emergency a wing commander can turn to augmentees for additional support.… https://t.co/Pgal3TEP3p
RT @DeptofDefense: Prepared for all situations in all conditions. @AKNationalGuard #airmen with the 212th Rescue Squadron at @JBER_Officia
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After toggling with the idea of joining the #military for years, she promised herself to stop waiting for life to f… https://t.co/7Gt22iqNlD
It's #NationalAviationDay & new aviation opportunities are here! We're partnering with @CivilAirPatrol to groom tom… https://t.co/Fe9b4jlmGw
These supply #Airmen work 24/7 to ensure there is no break in the mission @RAFMildenhall because #NKAWTGhttps://t.co/biE2BPXVe1
Every #Airman has their reason for serving. Read on as these #Airmen explain what putting on the uniform everyday m… https://t.co/ubeDmY1liq
For the first time in the 63-year history of Operation Deep Freeze, #Airmen from the 304th Expeditionary Airlift Sq… https://t.co/CdeyI4HjHT
#DYK, the #MedalofHonor is the highest award for bravery that can be awarded to members of the United States Armed… https://t.co/qei2LbbD1I
.@388fw’s 4th Fighter Squadron became the first operational unit to fire the F-35A’s the #aircraft’s 25mm cannon on… https://t.co/J7hbXrCSCv