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Separated but not alone

Posted July 31, 2015 by Senior Airman Lauren-Taylor Levin

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho–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…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted July 30, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community New York Times columnist David Brooks believes that in order to be successful in life, a person must be able to respond properly to competing demands. Technology only increases the competition of the demands, yet it was supposed to make our…

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The unseen leader

Posted July 24, 2015 by timchisham

Over the years, I’ve seen many leaders come and go. The ones I admired, I took note of the traits I wished I had, as well as the ones I already possessed. It took me a long time to realize some of my personal and professional weaknesses were the very areas I gravitated toward in…

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Never underestimate your impact

Posted July 24, 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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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted July 24, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Last week it was mentioned that New York Times columnist David Brooks thinks there are some important life skills that are critical to living a good life.  Another one of them is “lightness, the ability to be at ease with the…

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Challenge yourself: Never give up, never quit

Posted July 17, 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 July 17, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community New York Times columnist David Brooks thinks there are some important life skills that are critical to living a good life. One of them is “bifocalism, which is the ability to see a situation from multiple perspectives.” When we see things…

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Who am I? Who are you? Who are we?

Posted July 10, 2015 by Master Sgt. Loren Cossette

What’s your job? Over the years, I’ve been asked this question countless times whether it be while in-processing new units, deploying, attending professional military education, or while participating in various panels. The answers are as numerous and varied as the titles in the Air Force. For most of us, the answer is easy. I am…

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Let’s Talk

Posted July 10, 2015 by Master Sgt. Demetrius Best

Nobel Prize winning playwright George Bernard Shaw wrote “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Throughout my years in the Air Force I’ve learned many great lessons about effective communication. By my own admission, I never considered myself to be a great communicator. Everyone who knows me knows…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted July 10, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character — an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community You may remember the 1972 song with the lyrics, “You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you.”  It seems Facebook and Twitter have not helped us move past this obsession with ourselves.  Author Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung writes about…

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