Tag Archives: Airmen


ICYMI: SecAF’s first town hall

By Tanya Schusler
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James held her first live town hall, Open Door, Dec. 16, in which she answered questions from social media and Airmen around the world and in the audience. She addressed the Air Force budget, the importance of family support and her first year as secretary, among other topics. She also announced that there would be no involuntary force shaping in fiscal year 2015.

If you missed the broadcast, you can watch it on our YouTube channel. Lucky for you, we also have our notable tweets from Open Door.


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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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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Operation Warmheart: Airmen helping Airmen during the holidays

By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

It’s amazing to see our Airmen and families come together to help those less fortunate in our communities. Their charitable spirit isn’t only for those outside the base, but for Airmen, families and civilians we team up with every day – our Air Force family.

One incredibly rewarding program many Airmen support is Operation Warmheart. This non-profit organization distributes charitable donations to service members and their families all year long, and disperses a majority of its funding during the holiday season.

In 2014, there have been many creative ways Airmen serving at bases around the globe have raised money and volunteered to organize Operation Warmheart fundraising events. Here are just a few examples of how Airmen have come together to help those in need this year.

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