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Absentee voter tips for military members

Posted September 28, 2016 by

DOD photograph Members of the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team pass on the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s message for U.S. military and overseas citizens to submit their absentee ballots in time for the upcoming general election. With less than two months until the general election on Nov. 8, absentee voters are beginning to receive their…

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Adapt and overcome

Posted April 15, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer

PEORIA, Ill.–My firstborn child recently turned 2 months old. Amidst the irresistible joy of having a new little buddy, I look back over these last eight weeks and wonder how my spouse and I survived. I am a writer, but there are no words I can find adequate enough to describe the terror of sleeplessness…

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There’s always a cost

Posted April 15, 2016 by Lt. Col. Tim Purcell

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.–My 5-year-old son recently lost his first tooth and was ecstatic to buy something with the money he received from the tooth fairy. A couple days later, he counted out a few dollars from his piggy bank and asked if we could go to the store to buy a toy. On…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted April 15, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

Listening is such a precious gift. Do you know that the good Lord loves to listen? The famous comedienne Lily Tomlin said, “Why is it that when we talk to God we are said to be praying, and when God talks to us we are said to be schizophrenic?” Prayer is designed to be a…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted April 8, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

Even though I am currently enjoying sunny Southern California days, I am reminded of the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” This phrase always reminds me that hope follows the storms of life. It may be difficult to see the hope beyond current hardships, so remember that there are agenciesavailable to assist.  Don’t be afraid…

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Clean closets of mind, life with springtime

Posted April 1, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Regina Buckhalter

Spring is fast approaching and it is time to “clean your closets” by reflecting on past accomplishments and refocusing your future goals. Many people set goals.  Historically, goals are designed to set you on a path to what you will change or what you will improve upon.  What goals have you set?  Whatever they may…

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Leadership requires balance

Posted April 1, 2016 by Maj. Andrew Mackenzie

That is an easy question, right? I am sure the average person ponders over just this type of question for hours in between Walking Dead episodes. Let’s try something a little more specific and perhaps easier to answer: What is my leadership philosophy, and why? While this is purely an academic exercise, its timing is…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted April 1, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

Downtown, you may see signs at local churches proclaiming today, April 1, as “National Atheists’ Day.” These are based on a scriptural text from the Judeo/Christian tradition that states, “The fool says in heart, ‘there is no God …’” They think it is “funny.” Your Wing Chaplain thinks it is disrespectful. As Airmen we come…

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Empowerment: More than just a word

Posted March 25, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Ryan Sparks

I am a first-term Airman at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. I am approaching one year time on station and getting close to achieving the next skill level in my job. At this stage in my career, my number one focus is on training and mastering my job. All Airmen are expected to…

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To be a better Airman, be a brave lobster

Posted March 25, 2016 by Master Sgt. Brian Jennings

While on the Internet recently, I came across two videos I think illustrate important lessons for every Airman.  The first video was of a speech by Dr. Ken Robinson. Robinson, an educator and author, told this great story about his son’s school nativity. Most of us are familiar with the nativity and the wise men…

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