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Angry, confused and even highly agitated Airmen and family members are sometimes found at customer service kiosks in comptroller squadrons around the Air Force, but many issues can be fixed by the customer themselves.  Programs and applications are in place to increase understanding of finance actions and to help members take a more proactive approach with their pay and entitlements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marissa Tucker/Released) Watch your mouth!
Finance. Comptroller squadron. Whatever you want to call them, they are probably one of the most loved and hated functions in the Air Force. When things are going well with our pay and allowances, we have good thoughts about our financial gurus. But when something goes wrong, it's a different story! I'd be lying if I said I have not, at some point
0 3/11
2013
Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Craver, 31st Fighter Wing command chief, jokes around with his daughter on the porch of his house. For 18 years, his daughter has associated the military uniform with that of safety, security, dignity, trust and respect. However, with more than 700 sexual assaults reported across the Air Force in 2012, the uniform can be a fearful reminder that their brothers or sisters in arms assaulted them. (Courtesy Photo) A simple request
I read the email with disbelief that there would be 700 sexual assaults across the Air Force in 2012. Some would read that number and claim while not one is acceptable it is still a small percentage given the size of our force. But then I thought what if all 700 were on your base? How is combat capability affected when it would take down an entire
0 3/04
2013
Default Air Force Logo Leadership on duty, balance in life
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Colin Powell once remarked that, "Leadership is the Art of accomplishing more than the Science of Management says is possible." As this statement indicates, the difference between leadership and management is not simply semantic, but often is the crucial element in an organization
0 2/27
2013
Official Photo - Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, USAFE Commander Sequestration: How USAFE-AFAFRICA may be affected
As we approach the automatic budget cuts slated to go into effect on March 1, I would like to share some of my thoughts on how our command may be affected and how we will respond. Our outstanding team of resource managers has tirelessly planned for these cuts, and we are prepared to implement them if necessary. Regardless of what happens in the
0 2/24
2013
AFDW Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program Who are the sexual predators?
According to a 2010 report on the prevalence and incidence of sexual assault in the Air Force, 96.6 percent of perpetrators of sexual assault against women are men. The study also found that men who are serial offenders, or to use a more common descriptor, sexual predators, are responsible for more than 90 percent of attacks that occur in many
0 2/15
2013
Maj. Frank T. Skrypak, 65th Comptroller Flight commander Setting a financial 'tone from the top'
It has been said that no one can accurately predict where the U.S. military will need to respond next: the workload and requirements are uncertain. Nearly as unpredictable is the future of the nation's finances. With much talk of the fiscal cliff in the news recently, how quickly can the U.S. economy recover, and what will happen to the global
0 1/19
2013
Though red pens are often seen as leaving negative remarks on one's career, they are in fact used as tools to help better Airmen. From fixing aircraft to correcting papers, each stroke makes a mark in pursuing excellence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released) Red
You could say that my Air Force career has revolved around a red pen since I joined in July of 2004. I grew up in the world of aircraft maintenance as an Electrical and Environmental Systems specialist, always with a "red" stuck in my sleeve in order to "break" an aircraft with a crimson "X." Now, as a public affairs officer, I have an "editing
0 1/19
2013
Default Air Force Logo Every Airman a Sensor
I would like to have a few moments of your time to tell you something of great concern to me. I have had the privilege of serving in the Air Force for 35 years and there is nothing more important to me as your commander than your safety and your welfare. I recently began visiting your wings and many have heard me say that every Airman is a sensor.
0 12/13
2012
Default Air Force Logo 'Have some guts'
All calls. We've all been to them, standing in a hangar or auditorium listening to someone with much more rank than us often because it was a mandatory function rather than because of a burning desire to hear the speaker's words of wisdom. Any Airman can probably give the top two or three takeaways from just about any all call, because they're
0 12/05
2012
Default Air Force Logo Confession of a chaplain: "I shouldn't be here"
My secret is I shouldn't be here. I was disqualified from becoming a chaplain. Now that I have that off my chest, let me share with you why that is helpful to know. The Enlisted Force Structure, AFI 36-2618, says that Airmen must be spiritually ready to accomplish the mission.Spiritual readiness is described as "the development of those personal
0 12/04
2012
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