Commentary

Character, experience are keys to successful leadership

by Lt. Col. James Mullinax
2nd Air Postal Squadron commander

Our Air Force is undergoing significant changes as we move toward becoming a smaller, more capable fighting force. As we progress, the need for Airmen to step forward and fill the gap has never been more important, and the leadership they display will make all the difference.

April 24, 2014 ×
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April brings focus to sexual assaults

by Sara Pavich
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Across the United States, April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Throughout the month, the Department of Defense calls on service members to recognize and understand the issue of sexual assault in the military.

April 10, 2014 ×

Wounded warriors relieve stress with K-9 compassion

by Master Sgt. Amanda Callahan
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

For anyone who knows me, it’s no surprise I love animals. Specifically, I love dogs, and even more specifically, I love my dogs as though they are my children.

April 3, 2014 ×

Cannot ‘stress’ importance of stress awareness enough

by Master Sgt. Daira Hall
86th Munitions Squadron

As I sat in my commander’s office, I thought to myself, “Am I the best person to write about stress?” After all, I am a new first sergeant, new to an overseas location and new to the line-side of the Air Force. What could I possibly know about stress?

March 27, 2014 ×

Watch nutrition like HAWC

by 2nd Lt. Lindsey Leitz
Nutrition program manager

March is National Nutrition Month, which begs the question, “Where do you get your nutrition information?” Advice from family, friends and colleagues, coupled with the massive amount of information found on the Internet, leaves many people in a state of nutrition information overload.

March 20, 2014 ×

Women in service are ‘The Mighty’

by Senior Master Sgt. Amber Mitchell
Kisling NCO Academy commandant

One of my favorite movies is called “The Mighty.” It’s about an awkward boy with learning disabilities and an unmistakably large stature and his friend who is riddled with birth defects, plaguing his ability to stand and even walk on his own. The two rely heavily on each other to fill in their personality and learning gaps.

March 20, 2014 ×
Diverse Airmen strengthen Air Force’s global presence

Diverse Airmen strengthen Air Force’s global presence

by Gen. Frank Gorenc
U.S. Air Forces in Europe- Air Forces Africa commander

A diverse force is our unique advantage in providing forward-based combat power for America.
Diversity of cultures, beliefs and ideas are ever-present in our professional and personal lives. These differences among Airmen make us more effective.

March 13, 2014 ×

Compound interest is free money

by Lt. Col. Jobie S. Turner
37th Airlift Squadron commander

Albert Einstein, the greatest scientific mind of the 20th century said, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it. He who doesn’t, pays it.”

March 6, 2014 ×

Leadership is a contact sport

by Maj. Nick Petren
569th U.S Forces Police Squadron/CC

We are approaching the time of year where Fasching celebrations occur in many towns and cities in the local area, including Ramstein-Miesenbach and Kaiserslautern. This annual event is a pre-Lenten carnival, during which celebrants don creative costumes to chase away the evil spirits of winter in preparation for spring.

February 27, 2014 ×

Innovative leadership takes a creative thinker

by Lt. Col. Sheri Bennington
700th Contracting Squadron commander

What is innovative leadership? Why do we need innovative leaders? What makes your leadership style (or skills) innovative? Are you a creative, left-brained military member surrounded by right-brained, rule-oriented, critical thinkers?

February 20, 2014 ×