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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jason Brown, right, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance journeyman from Akron, Ohio, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Tracy Jones, 100th Air Refueling Wing command chief, check a fire truck’s dipstick Jan. 23, 2014, on RAF Mildenhall, England. Brown and Jones repeatedly checked the oil level in the fire truck to ensure it wasn’t over-filled. Brown showed Jones how to perform routine maintenance as part of the “Dirty Jobs” program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Preston Webb/Released) COMMENTARY: Crediting those 'in the arena'
"It's not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort
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Default Air Force Logo COMMENTARY: Honest feedback is key to performance improvement
Most people don't fail on purpose. Failure usually stems from one of three reasons: lack of training, lack of resources or lack of guidance. As supervisors, providing guidance is critical to ensure our subordinates' success. Guidance in the form of written feedback is an important technique that is both inexpensive and offers a great return on
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Default Air Force Logo Past remembered, honored
Another year has come and gone. For some, the year felt like it took forever; others felt like it flew by. But, no matter how long it felt, did you have time to get it all finished? By "it," I mean those New Year's resolutions. We make them with such conviction and enthusiasm, don't we? As if there were nothing that could stop us from getting them
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Col. Christopher Ireland, center, is the 352nd Special Operations Group commander. In his commentary, Ireland discusses how U.S. Air Force service members continuously accomplish amazing tasks under uncertainty and pressure, and are committed to holding themselves accountable and being good Wingmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Preston Webb/Released) COMMENTARY: Service members: Be proud to serve, stay honor-able
As if life in the military isn't tough enough, it seems that lately there have been a lot of negative themes being trolled out in front of us; messages that seem to imply in one way or another that we're not doing a great job.I, for one, am not biting on that baited hook.My two cents? Let me quote the 101st Airborne Division's acting commander when
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Default Air Force Logo COMMENTARY: Tips for holiday survival
The winter holiday period, now until New Year's Day, is a wonderful time. Usually, people spend quality time with loved ones, celebrate traditions and enjoy being with each other. Conversely, those who have recently joined the military or moved overseas may find the holidays a lonely time. If you will be spending the holidays away from family -
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Default Air Force Logo COMMENTARY: Keys to success
As a chief, the question I've been asked the most is, "What does it take to make chief?" Every time I've answered it, my response has been slightly different because there really isn't one secret formula. The only known method is actually pretty straightforward: make staff sergeant, then technical sergeant, then master sergeant, etc. You get the
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Default Air Force Logo COMMENTARY: High performing organizational behavior
Since arriving at RAF Mildenhall in June 2013, I am nothing short of amazed by the professionalism and performance level of the Bloody Hundredth and Team Mildenhall. I hear very few complaints from our Airmen, civilians and host nation teammates, so much so that I wonder, "Is there something just under the surface that I am missing?"The metrics and
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