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Challenge yourself: Never give up, never quit

Posted August 28, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. Wendi L. McLean

I once read that newly created cells in our bodies do one of two things: they either begin to decay or they become more vital. These cells choose their path based on what we demand of them. If we are sedentary, our brains signal our cells to decay; but if we exercise, our cells get…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted August 28, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Have you ever tried to change your character?  It’s easier to change a behavior, like drinking less soda, than to change a character trait, like using sarcasm to respond to others. Why is it so difficult? One author puts it this…

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Never underestimate your impact

Posted August 28, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. Zachary Capogna

Every day I visit our great Airmen and every day I come across more than one that underestimates their impact to the mission. There’s the one-stripe maintainer, “just repaneling an aircraft,” for the next day’s flight, or the young personalist, “just issuing another identification card,” or the defender, “just guarding the gate.” The list could…

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‘We’re all in this together’ — A senior NCO’s five constants

Posted August 21, 2015 by Senior Master Sgt. Rodney Bernard

Service in the Air Force today means different things for different people. Depending on your unique circumstances, such as family dynamics, job or upbringing, how you navigate through those dynamics can have a significant impact on your time serving and significantly help you prepare for the day you no longer will wear the uniform, whether…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted August 21, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Facebook and Twitter allow us to communicate whatever we want, whenever we want.  We tend to respond to any issue that frustrates us and tugs at our emotional heart strings. One thing that our posts and blogs typically lack is civility….

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Separated but not alone

Posted August 14, 2015 by Senior Airman Lauren-Taylor Levin

As the dawn broke out over the mountains, I woke up to the sun peeping through my window. Once I got up I went straight to the kitchen to make my family breakfast yet in the back of my mind, all I could think about was, “how am I going to manage taking care of…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted August 14, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Have you ever disagreed with anyone?  It is easy for the disagreement to spire out of control when emotions get involved.  Resolving difference is never easy (if it was, they wouldn’t be disagreements!). But there are some things we can do….

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Defining moments

Posted August 7, 2015 by Master Sgt. Angela Blue

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz.–The word character has many meanings according to the dictionary…a feature or trait characteristic, moral or ethical quality, qualities of honesty, courage, and to no surprise….integrity. Since it has so many different meanings, it can be made to adapt to so many different types of people. Courage is not the absence…

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How Many Pieces of Military Flair are on Your Social Media?

Posted August 7, 2015 by Staff Reports

Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho–Being a member of the United States Air Force should without question be a source of pride. The service you render to the United States is a vital one and retired Air Force members and family members take an equal pride in the service they have and do render to…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted August 7, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community How powerful is technology? One author pondered it this way … “All technology, like all magic before it, craves godlikeness. Technology pursues the classical divine attributes of omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence — knowing everything, being everywhere, being capable of anything. Technology,…

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