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Ask yourself....What’s the best feedback gift you’ve ever received?  How has feedback benefited you in your work?  Why is it difficult to give – or to receive – the gift of feedback? (U.S. Air National Guard Graphic by Senior Master Sgt. Mary-Dale Amison) Feedback: The Perfect Gift
It's the most wonderful time of the year - a time to run around stores late into the night, looking for the perfect gifts to give to family, friends and even co-workers.  Workplace holiday gifts can be the most problematic - there are all those government ethics rules, hierarchy sensitivities and office politics to consider.  How do you decide the
0 12/19
2014
131st Bomb Wing Missouri National Guard Citizen-Airmen from the 131st Bomb
Wing's Six-Below Council show their volunteer spirit picking up trash near
Whiteman Air Force Base on a section of road in Knob Noster, Missouri. The
Council is a great way to meet people, voice concerns and give back to the
community. I hate moving, but...
Although I already stated it in the headline, I still feel the need to restate it. I hate moving.Two months ago I moved from St. Louis to Kansas City. As I was moving my wife's heavy roll-top desk into our new home, I swore to her that this most recent move will definitely be our last. Despite being Air National Guard and never "PCSing," I have
0 12/08
2014
Default Air Force Logo Strong mentorship promotes success, motivates Airmen to strive for excellence
Almost every successful leader, civilian or military, will attest to having that unique person or persons, who motivated, inspired or helped them in a way that led to the success in their careers. Of course, there are many people from every walk of life that fulfill this role every hour of every day.  It could be a parent, a teacher, a coach, a
0 11/27
2014
Default Air Force Logo Love, War: How to have good relationships with those you care about most
Going into the new mission for the 188th Wing, every single one of us has a real opportunity to perform an active, meaningful role in our nation's defense on a daily basis. Our new mission is important, and your contribution to our mission really matters. However, there is a time for war and a time for peace.Although we will have the capacity to
0 11/26
2014
Default Air Force Logo ANGRC honor our veterans
The first sergeant formed up the Airmen and called the formation to attention. This is how the morning began for more than 500 members of the Air National Guard Readiness Center at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Airmen and civilian members gathered for morning reveille Nov. 7 to recognize and honor veterans. Brig. Gen. Michael R. Taheri, the
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2014
MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - Service members should consider legal documents and family plans that are needed to help make important decisions should they or a loved one become unable to do so. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith/Released) Don't wait to obtain crucial documents
I learned these past months that having "advanced medical directives" and other documents make a family emergency more manageable. It is one less issue to fix when emergencies arise.I remembered that someone called them advanced directives during an event held to provide them for families here at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center. My
0 10/31
2014
An Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagle from the 173rd Fighter Wing is almost unrecognizable as a fighter aircraft with multiple pieces missing from its body while sitting in the hangar at Kingsley Field, in Klamath Falls, Ore. Oct. 16, 2014.  This aircraft is going through phase maintenance where the 173rd FW maintainers closely inspect the aircraft for cracks and other types of damage, verifying that the 30 plus year old aircraft is safe to fly.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar/Released)  F-15 maintenance; the relationship between jet and maintainer
The life of a 173rd Fighter Wing maintainer at Kingsley Field, Oregon has fundamental qualities; first off you will be busy...really busy. The base routinely prepares 12 jets on a given day so 10 can fly in the morning and eight of those can fly in the afternoon. Every morning this creates a beehive of activity as numerous shops tend to the care of
0 10/17
2014
The Air National Guard has integrated aircraft maintenance and logisticians personnel within Air Combat Commands Logistics directorate and is comprised of Lt. Col. Gregory Johnson, Maj. Ingo Wyman, Chief Master Sgt. Gregory Garcia, Senior Master Sgt. Paul Carpenter, Nancy Oliver and Col. Roy Ingram. New ANG personnel working in Air Combat Command's Logistics
The Air National Guard has integrated aircraft maintenance and logisticians personnel within Air Combat Commands Logistics directorate for more than fifteen years. Since inception, the goal was to ensure ANG personnel enhanced combat capability for the commander of ACC and the ANG.So how is that goal accomplished? It is through embedding ANG
0 9/04
2014
When making travel arrangements that involve driving long distances, be sure to get enough rest the night before and take breaks as needed. (U.S. Air Force illustration/Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter) 15 seconds: A rude awakening
Gut-wrenching screams, the shattering of glass, and the unforgettable sounds of metal twisting and bending all around me as my truck rolls over and over again. I thought those were going to be my last memories.April 12, 2012, started out like any other Thursday for me. I woke up early enough to take a quick shower and grab some breakfast before
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2014
Chief Master Sgt. Shaune Peters, wing command chief, 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Bright) Mission first, people always
I am truly humbled and proud to serve as your wing command chief and look forward to serving with you all.I'll be honest. There were plenty of times during my career I did not see myself staying in, much less attaining such rank and position. As most can attest, a career in the Guard is a bumpy one. There were ups and downs; I had my fair share of
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2014
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