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  • AF needs Airmen to maintain identity

    Some of us may remember playing the pool game "Marco-Polo." Some of us may still use this game to entertain our children at the pool today. One player closes his or her eyes and repeatedly shouts out "Marco" while the other players tread water and respond "Polo." All the while, they attempt to shift quickly to avoid the closed-eye swimmer who is
  • Warrior ethos puts will to test

    It is important for us as warriors to put our physical fitness test in proper perspective. Airmen need to be physically able to do their job, and currently the Air Force measures their fitness with a simple test.This article is not to debate if the current test actually gives an accurate indication of fitness but more importantly the attitude with
  • Path to inspirational leadership evolving skillset

    At some point in our Air Force career we will assume a leadership role. Leadership is an ever-evolving skillset that you will continue to develop throughout the course of your career.The highest and most effective form of leadership one can hope to achieve is inspirational leadership. This is the level that we as Air Force leaders should strive to
  • U.S., Singapore partnership standout

    Aug. 9 marked the 49th anniversary of Singapore's independence. The 425th Fighter Squadron is an operational squadron comprised of elite U.S. Air Force and Republic of Singapore air force personnel designated by agreement between the U.S. and Republic of Singapore as PEACE CARVIN II. December of 2013 marked the 20-year anniversary of this
  • New EPR challenges status quo

    The enlisted performance report is going to drastically change. These changes seek to combat inflated ratings, which have been a prevalent complaint from Airmen over the years. The change is right around the corner and many Airmen are asking themselves, "How will it affect future promotions, and what can I do to prepare my Airmen and me?"The new
  • Master self for physical fitness

    It's been said one thing is a constant -- change.We are seeing this more and more in the Air Force with programs such as force management, but change can be beneficial. This is especially true when it comes to mastering yourself for your physical fitness test.The Air Force Chief of Staff emphasizes that the fitness program supports a year-round
  • You are what you eat

    "You are what you eat."This is a generic statement or a notion. It implies that if you eat healthy, you will be healthy. But how true is this in the world today?What we eat, drink, wear, drive and buy is often an attempt to construct a social identity. It lets others know who we are and lets us imagine who we want to be. Sometimes that helps us
  • Knowledge equals power

    The phrase "knowledge is power" is said to originate from Sir Francis Bacon in 1597. Personally, I remember learning the phrase from the old television show "School House Rock" theme song. The key idea behind the phrase is the more knowledge you accumulate, the more "power" you will have. Here is a simple breakdown: knowledge = options = power. By
  • ‘The butterfly effect’

    Shortly after taking command, the Wild Duck Aircraft Maintenance Unit officer in charge requested I explain to his Airmen exactly what the pilots would be doing on training missions during an upcoming temporary duty. I was embarrassed that he had to ask. In this specific case, I had thoughtlessly kept these details from our closest partners. I had
  • Advise Airmen of rights before asking questions

    Every day supervisors are faced with challenging scenarios and situations that require them to engage in efforts to help their Airmen. When this engagement is due to a negative act such as theft, damage to property or other possible legal violations, we must resist the instinct to question them directly.One scenario I am presented with all too
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