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  • Thinking consent: Top 40 music, sex, and you

    You've probably heard before that you are the sum of your experiences. In the nature versus nurture debate to explain why people are the way they are and why they do what they do, this maxim is a fairly concise and complete way to capture the essence of both perspectives. Our biological experience--the events from our conception to our
  • Air Force focused on diversity, future

    Since its inception, the Air Force has been at the forefront of appreciating members of various backgrounds and ethnicities; however, with a smaller force on the horizon, the Air Force is making a concerted effort to prioritized opportunities to harness and effectively transform unique talents and abilities into mission advantages. Capitalizing on
  • Always an Airman

    I am an Airman, but only from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and occasionally on the weekend. The rest of the time, I am just a person trying to have a good time. What I do during my off duty time doesn't have any bearing on my military career, nor should it. "Say what?!" you might ask. And, rightfully so. The truth is I don't believe
  • Airman builds relationships through language program

    In a world of increasing threats and decreasing budgets, the ability to effectively work with our partner nations is critical. This skill set must be learned, and it must be practiced. The Language Enabled Airman Program is one way the Air Force is ensuring Airmen have this ability. LEAP is a career-spanning program that develops and reinforces
  • The equation for success

    You've probably heard the phrase, "Flexibility is the key to air power" more times that you'd like, and I just added one to the count. I'm here to tell you, as overused as it is, there's truth to it.As we prepare to receive a staff assistance visit team that is coming to inspect our processes and competency, our ability to receive feedback and make
  • 'Daddy needs a new pair of shoes!'

    Running. There are few words in the English language that can evoke a wide range of emotions and carry so many meanings - "the refrigerator is running," "my nose is running," "you're running up the electric bill," " I love (or hate) running" and the list goes on.However, within the context of the Air Force, running generally refers to a
  • Lessons from "A Message to Garcia" never more applicable

    "No matter how good times are, this sorting continues, only if times are hard and work is scarce, the sorting is done finer - but out and forever out, the incompetent and unworthy go." - 'A Message to Garcia' by Elbert HubbardElbert Hubbard's renowned piece, "A Message to Garcia," is especially relevant in the face of challenging times for our Air
  • Redefining self - victim to survivor

    Editor's note: "The author of this commentary is being kept anonymous due to privacy concerns."Trust is a valuable asset in our Air Force. To me it is the cornerstone to our core values.Throughout our military education we are taught to trust our fellow Airmen. We build a foundation around that trust. Several years ago, my trust was taken away when
  • Let me save you from the embarrassment

    Editor's note: This is the third in a series of related articles on the challenges of passing a physical fitness test through the first-hand account of Senior Airman Briana Jones.Humiliation and embarrassment were among the many feelings that raced through me in the days following my physical fitness test failure. In my mind it signified that I was
  • Force management and you

    The Chief of Staff's announcement concerning force management programs should have caught your attention because it could affect your status in next year's Air Force.The Air Force will become smaller, and that means some of you reading this will have important decisions to make very soon. That is why both voluntary and involuntary programs have
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