Aircraft maintainers work on an AC-130U Spooky Gunship at sunset

Top Instagram shots of 2014

By Senior Airman Michelle Patten
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

If you haven’t been following the Air Force Instagram page this year, you’ve missed out seeing awesome Airmen in action and some especially stellar photos. But, don’t despair! We’ll catch you up on the highlights with our top 10 shots based on what our followers talked about and loved.

1. 101st Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk training over water

An HH-60 Pave Hawk conducts training over the water
An HH-60 Pave Hawk conducts training Nov. 25, 2014, around Westhampton Beach, N.Y. During this time the aircrew tested the aircraft’s defensive systems and conducted a simulated rescue of a downed Airman. The HH-60 is with the 101st Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Christopher S. Muncy) (This photo was created using Instagram) #aircraft #Avgeek #Military #POTD

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Holiday wish list

By Senior Airman Michelle Patten
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Whether your Airman is stationed stateside or deployed to a remote location, the holidays are a special time of year. For many Airmen, the gift they really wish for is to spend time with family and friends. If this isn’t possible, or if you just want to make the holidays extra special, here are some ideas about what may be on your Airman’s holiday wish list.

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No room for fear in innovation

By Col. Robert Novotny
48th Fighter Wing commander

“Throughout history, people with new ideas — who think differently and try to change things — have always been called troublemakers.” – Richelle Mead, author.

The Air Force is pushing hard for us to innovate. You hear it when our senior leaders give speeches or post articles imploring us to improve. Examples include the Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century, or AFSO21, process or the new Airmen Powered by Innovation program launched in April. All of that is great, except for the fact that over the last 30 years, we’ve created an organization that is resistant to failure.

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An Airman visits Arlington National Cemetery

Defining her AF heritage: A military training leader’s journey

By Tech. Sgt. Quinn White
336th Training Squadron, Det. 2

Being stationed at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, there are many opportunities to venture to Washington D.C., such as when the Det. 2 staff attended the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference.

My commander and I decided one presentation we really wanted to see was Gen. Robin Rand, the Commander of Air Education and Training Command. It is not often a person can hear directly from their major command commander about the direction of the organization, and we wanted to take advantage of the opportunity.

An Airman shakes hands with a survivor of the Bataan Death March
Tech. Sgt. Quinn White (then Tech. Sgt. Quinn Rakosnik), a 336th Training Squadron military training leader, visits with a survivor of the World War II Bataan Death March. (Courtesy photo)

During his speech, Gen. Rand talked about how AETC is instilling heritage into our Airmen and said something that really made me think: “History makes you smarter, but heritage makes you prouder.”

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A supervisor mentors an Airman on job tasks

What does mentoring mean to you?

By Senior Airman Michelle Patten
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

On Nov. 30, we asked our Facebook followers to fill in the blank on this question: You know you’ve been mentored when ________________.

Their responses ranged from shoutouts to their favorite mentors to Airmen describing the success they experienced from effective mentoring. Take a look at some of the answeres we received about Air Force mentoring, and see what you can learn to become a better leader and mentor.

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