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  • Police, Public Affairs, Professionalism

    In the vast realm of career fields, most people would not associate the occupation of the police with the profession of public affairs. However, these two paths are more similar than commonly thought of by society.A law enforcement officer and an Air Force public affairs specialist are both associated with the presentation of a professional image,
  • Every Airman has a story, and here's mine

    My name is Senior Airman Tom Brading, and like many Reservist, I was an active duty before joining. Before that... I was born, and spent the better part of my life in small Indiana town. To me, the town of North Vernon, will always have an endearing charm. I grew up there, my family is there, I worked my first job there, you get the idea. North
  • A day of firsts

    An 1800s English philosopher by the name of John Stuart Mill said, “There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.” This can be attributed to many things in our lives, but how often do we really experience a “first time moment” that opens our eyes to the truth in something that we
  • Do the right thing … Even if no one is watching

    It’s something that is drilled into us when we join the military – Integrity in all we do. But what does it mean to you and how do you incorporate it into all aspects of your life?When we act honestly and adhere to a moral code based on ideas of good and bad, we are exhibiting integrity. To put it simply, integrity is choosing right over
  • Why generational differences should matter to military members

      As military members it has become increasingly necessary to consider generational differences within our ranks. Generational differences are a part of how we communicate, what we value, and what motivates us as military members.  Our professional military education covers a great deal but never really looks at generational experiences and how it
  • Life's a challenge - No pain no gain

    I have been watching the reality show “Alone” on the History Channel for the last few days; the show features ten male contestants who are placed on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.  These men are sent out by themselves and they are allowed ten survival items they select to carry with them.  They are totally isolated.  There is no camera crew;
  • Why Mentoring Matters? 'Mentoring is an inherent responsibility of leadership.'

    Long ago are the days when managing meant simply telling people what to do. Today’s noncommissioned officers must master a host of other roles if they want to be effective leaders. One of the more important roles in the development of our Airmen is through “mentoring.” AFM 36-2643, Air Force Mentoring Program, defines a mentor as a “wise, trusted,
  • Teamwork: the common thread wherever life takes us

    When we take the oath to join the military, our future is wide open and we are eager to start the journey; most of us quickly learn that teamwork is one of the most important elements of success. It’s the same whether we sign on for active or Reserve duty, as enlisted, officer or Defense Department civilian. Teamwork has always been the key
  • Reflections on Teamwork…and a Good Read!

    “The challenges they had faced together had taught them humility—the need to subsume their individual egos for the sake of the boat as a whole—and humility was the common gateway through which they were able now to come together and begin to do what they had not been able to do before.”- Daniel James Brown, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and
  • Are you MAD or SAD?

    There are two distinct types of Airmen who serve: those who are here to make a difference (MAD) and those who are selfish and distracting (SAD).

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