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  • AFSA: Airmen helping Airmen

    I'm sure many of you have heard of the Air Force Sergeants Association, or AFSA, and probably wondered, "what is that all about?" AFSA is a non-profit organization solely dedicated to representing enlisted active-duty members, retirees, veterans and their families. In a nut shell, we are Airmen for Airmen.When AFSA speaks, Washington listens. It's
  • Hard at work

    "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund BurkeSeventy-six years ago, on March 12, Nazi Germany annexed Austria. This annexation was also called the Anschluss.Good men stood by and just thought that eventually Hitler would be appeased. Just let him have Austria, so he'll be happy. Well, maybe Yugoslavia,
  • Mustache March: More than meets the lip

    Editor's Note: Information in this article was taken from http://www.acc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123294918Even if your spouse doesn't follow college sports, there is a chance that they are aware of March Madness, better known as 'Mustache March.' Air Force wide, March has been designated as a time for men to express their manliness and their
  • What I wish I knew as a junior officer

    I received my assignment notification last month, so this will probably be my final opportunity to write an article for the Global Guardian. It makes me reflect a bit, but I've been reflecting a lot on officership lately and what it means to me to serve in the greatest Air Force on Earth. It probably has a lot to do with recent events at Malmstrom,
  • Airman's Council: Leading on our level

    The Airman's Council is possibly one of the most influential private organizations at Malmstrom Air Force Base. It is a resource for base-wide and community volunteer events, self-development for Airmen in the pay grades of E1 to E4 and improving the quality of life for Airmen.The 5/6 Alliance Mentorship Committee director, Tech. Sgt. Elizabeth
  • First-line supervisors: Be the light

    Being a first-line supervisor is an awesome responsibility. Not too long ago, I witnessed a pretty cool analogy as to what helps our junior officers and enlisted professionals "make it" as followers in today's Air Force, considering all of the force shaping initiatives underway. Of all places, this analogy came from watching a documentary on sea
  • Giving good feedback: Essential leadership for growing Airmen

    Throughout our lives, we have received guidance, teaching, mentorship, grades, punishments and awards. When these things were done as a reaction to things we did (or didn't do) we were receiving feedback on our performance. This collection of experiences has molded us into the people and Airmen that we are today. As supervisors, we are charged with
  • Assessing the Health and Wellness of the Command

    With the new year comes new changes; as the old saying goes, "out with the old and in with the new." The Unit Climate Assessment as we've known it has been replaced with the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute Organizational Climate Survey. The DEOCS program was launched four years ago and has already been in use by the Army, Navy,
  • Maintain a legacy of leadership through actions

    The terms leader and leadership are often times used to describe someone in a particular role or position of authority. In the sense, what I am actually referring to is more than just a position or title. I am talking about the kind of person whose actions and words inspire and motivate the people in their presence to excel and do great things.
  • Uncomplicated love: Adoptability of dogs

    Nails clack against the floor as their tails knock down everything in their path. Tunnel vision leads them straight to the door as a car pulls in the driveway. Tongue ready for licking; they squeal out an excited "woof!" We've just walked through the door after being apart for 10 hours. But for our four-legged friends, it's been a lifetime.For many