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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

Posted May 29, 2015 by

- Less than one percent of today’s U.S. population has ever served in the military, and that one percent has carried the weight of America’s longest military engagement. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wrote in a recent book that “for too long too many of us have paid scant attention to the commitment of the brave few…

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Getting to the roots of the matter

Posted May 29, 2015 by Larry Kennedy

An effective safety program means getting at the roots of the matter. Spring has sprung! Coming recently from the East Coast, I was full of desire to get out and see what damage the long and severe winter caused. Cleaning and raking, picking up broken limbs and the normal debris that winter brings. And then…

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2015 Memorial Day message from 412th TW/CC

Posted May 22, 2015 by Brig. Gen. Carl E. Schaefer

Team Edwards, Thank you for the outstanding welcome!†These past two months have been dynamic and exciting and I am honored to work with each and every one of you.†I truly appreciate your dedicated service and tireless efforts spent developing the needed capabilities for our Air Force and joint partners. This is my third assignment here…

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This Memorial Day, reflect on true meaning

Posted May 22, 2015 by Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger

It was nearly 150 years ago that our nation first observed a day of remembrance for those who died in service to the United States of America. Over the years, more than one million American Soldiers, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, Marines and Airmen have given their lives in defense of our great nation. We owe our…

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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

Posted May 22, 2015 by

- Memorial Day is a time to remember the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.  These brave Americans are part of a tradition of sacrifice, a theme highlighted in a recent book by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and Washington Post reporter Rajiv Chandrasekaran called “For Love of Country: What…

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What’s your social thumbprint?

Posted May 15, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Jessica Hines

U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Jessica Hines Just as you would lock the front door of your home or secure your wallet, social media users should aim to lockup and secure their online personal information and do regular checkups of their social thumbprint. RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany–We’ve all done it; in a vain…

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Have you really joined the Air Force yet?

Posted May 15, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. David Wolfe

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska–For those of us in uniform, particularly enlisted members, memories of how we came to be in the military are fairly easy to call to mind – whether the process was more than 20 years ago, or closer to 20 months ago. As I recall the experience, that trip to the Military…

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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

Posted May 15, 2015 by

“What do you do?”  That is the question most asked of people when they meet for the first time.  It implies that we are what we do. But deep down we know we are more than our job. Our character, personality, hobbies, and family life are not often considered when we meet. It would be…

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Religious Diversity: Stew or Ambrosia?

Posted May 8, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Peter Fischer

The metaphor of the ‘Great Melting Pot’ has been used to describe U.S. culture since the early twentieth century. The idea is that people from diverse countries, languages, and religious traditions all blend together to form a new identity – Americans. Sort of like a well-cooked stew where everything is boiled-down to the point where…

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Why I served

Posted May 8, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. Gordon Drake

As my 32 year Air Force career comes to a rapid close I’ve found myself growing increasingly sentimental and reflective. I’ve spent considerable time pondering, savoring and squirreling away the memories of the places I’ve been, the people I’ve worked with and the achievements we’ve made over the past three decades. What was it that…

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