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  • Career Focus: Pay yourself first

    I once heard that gas prices rise like a rocket and fall like a feather. Recent gas prices seem to confirm this. Like many, it hurts my wallet each time I fill up at the pumps. All drivers must deal with gasoline costs, but we also have many other bills like mortgages, rent, utilities, car payments,

  • Commander’s Corner

    Don't let illegal activities continue in your office Kirtland's Air Force Assistance Fund drive has only one week left. This is the one fund drive that gives us the opportunity to help our fellow Airmen and their families, both active duty and retired. The money we collect goes to four charities,

  • Career Focus: Don’t make the wrong decision

    When I volunteered to serve as my squadron's additional duty first sergeant, I was very motivated to learn about this prestigious and demanding position. I knew it was going to be tough. I knew it would expand my view of the Air Force and enable me to help people. I felt prepared to handle anything

  • Career Focus: Our future is in excellent hands

    Organizing, facilitating and teaching enlisted professional enhancement classes are my favorite and most fulfilling career advisor duties. I'm passionate about teaching and learning, especially when the subjects are leadership and management. When I recruit instructors for these courses, I seek

  • Commander’s Corner: Thank you volunteers; stay safe Kirtland

    I'd like to start this week's commander's corner by extending my appreciation to the 70+ volunteers who graciously gave up their Saturday evening to pay tribute to one of our local heroes. Last week, the Tuskegee Airmen were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, D.C. This medal is the

  • Career Focus: Balance work with family

    Working extra hours is normal in our profession. Yet, we sometimes push ourselves beyond the norm. When I was an Airman, I willingly worked an 18-hour shift on the flightline. I was not supposed to work beyond 12 hours for safety reasons, but I got so immersed in troubleshooting an A-10's

  • Commander's Corner: 377th MDG takes care of returning servicemembers

    The spotlight on Walter Reed Army Medical Center, D.C., has caused concern over the medical care our injured servicemembers are receiving, especially our men and women returning from deployment. If you saw the story in last Sunday's Albuquerque Journal, then you know that we have a good news story

  • Airmail: Where to smoke?

    Question: What are the current and future base smoking policies? Where is smoking not allowed, and is there a plan in the future to make it base wide? Answer: Tobacco use policy is derived from Air Force Instruction 40-102, Tobacco Use in the Air Force and Kirtland Instruction 40-102, Tobacco Use on

  • Career Focus: Professional development is key to our success

    Growing up as the 10th child in a family with 11 children was intense. Whether my siblings and I knew it or not, we always wanted to be noticed and succeed. My brothers and sisters chose positive ways to shine by earning stellar grades, playing sports and participating in extracurricular activities.