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  • Think before you post

    Have you ever had one of those days that it seems like you are working harder than your coworkers? You made 100 widgets and your coworker has only made 50. So, what do you do when you perceive the workload as unfair? Do you go home and blast your frustrations out on social media for all to see or do you sit in your duty section and complain about
  • Zuhls' Rules - Management

    Editor's Note: This is the second of a three-part series designed to explore leadership, management, and synthesis of the two. The purpose is to make us better 21st Century Airmen.In the first commentary in this series, we recognized our Air Force needs leaders capable of dealing with the complex and dynamic issues facing us today. Additionally, we
  • No bad Wingmen

    In too many mishap investigations we find out there were other Airmen present. Some were in a position to physically intervene or at least say, "knock it off," and potentially prevent the mishap person from dying or sustaining severe injuries; but for some reason they chose not to. Law enforcement calls these negligent bystanders witnesses. I call
  • Zuhls' Rules - Leadership

    Editor's note: This is the first of a three part series designed to explore leadership, management, and synthesis of the two. The purpose is to make us better 21st Century Airmen through reflection and action. People around the world are saying our country is in "trying times" and that we've "lost our role as the world leader." Perhaps we've
  • EVERY AIRMAN COUNTS: Treating each other with dignity and respect

    When I was a young Airman, during the heat of an intense intramural flag football game, a fellow Airman, who was frustrated that he could not stop me from advancing the ball, yelled the "N" word out loud. I was shocked and confused. Having been raised in Southeast Washington, D.C., I was certainly no stranger to harsh language or "trash talk."
  • Airmen urged to heed warning about dietary supplement

    Many of you may have heard about the article about the workout supplement, Craze. The product contains a substance that is similar to methamphetamine, or "meth," that has been linked to positive drug tests in athletes. Craze has been removed from Joint Base Andrews stores.Supplements are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Supplements
  • Are your Airmen ready for HYT changes?

    Most Airmen affected by high year of tenure changes announced in December will have one more opportunity to test for promotion before changes take effect in September 2013. If they don't make it, they'll be separated from the Air Force.Are your Airmen ready? As commanders, first sergeants, supervisors, leaders and mentors, we all play a role in our
  • Becoming a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate

    Have you ever had a friend, loved one, or even just an associate who was involved in a sexual assault, and you felt helpless? Have you had the desire to help them or support them, but didn't know how? If so, you may be a wonderful candidate to become a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate. When I first entered the military, I was given brief-after-brief
  • When did your leadership light bulb come on?

    In November 1992, a new chief master sergeant was assigned to my squadron. It caught all of our units' Airmen by surprise that the new chief decided to move into the office adjacent to the bathrooms when there were much better locations behind "the glass doors." One early afternoon, I walked into the bathroom and on my way back the chief asked me
  • Sequestration is here

    By now, most Americans are aware of America's fiscal crisis. The national debt is at $16.5 trillion and rising. The fiscal crisis is driving the need for budget cuts across the federal government. The Defense Department makes up approximately 20 percent of the federal budget, so we should expect that the DOD will have to make its fair share of