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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted March 25, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

“To everything there is a season …” Many of us are overjoyed that spring is here. The flowers are blooming and the cold of winter has passed. Spring, as a season, often provides the human spirit with feelings of hope, reminding us of the power of life. Even in the midst of the desert, we…

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Holiday message from 412th Test Wing/CC

Posted December 18, 2015 by Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber From left: Chief Master Sgt. David Smith, 412th Test Wing command chief, Santa Claus, Father Christmas, and Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer, 412th TW commander, pose for a photo in front of the test wing command section Christmas Tree. They wish all of Team Edwards a Merry Christmas and a…

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Balance is key

Posted October 16, 2015 by Maj. Wesley Wade

Whether we’re talking about our life, family or career, it boils down to balance. Having a healthy balance is the only way that we can sustain effectiveness. I can recall times as a young officer when working 14 hours a day was common. There are times when the mission will drive us to work extended…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted October 16, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Templeton Foundation winner and former British Navy serviceman Jean Vanier has a heart for the disabled and those with developmental disabilities.  People like him should motivate us to examine our own hearts.  As Vanier puts it, “At the heart of who…

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The devil inside: interrupted

Posted February 19, 2016 by Anonymous

Military life can be challenging. Frequent deployments and temporary duties, constantly moving to different commands all around the globe, never staying in one location or with the same people for very long takes its toll on the member and their family. As long as I had my family, I knew I could do it. No…

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Volunteerism affects positive change

Posted December 4, 2015 by Lt. Col. Stephen A. Simko

Throughout our military careers, we often talk of being a volunteer force, a subset of our culture that has volunteered to serve our country in the profession of arms. Without disrespect to anyone currently in uniform or those that have served before me, I have always been in conflict over the military/volunteer discussions. Granted, there…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted November 13, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community The late Chuck Colson was known as President Nixon’s “hatchet man” and served time in prison for his failures. He is now better known for his work with prison ministry and worldview thinking. He used to ask four “ultimate” or “worldview”…

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Coping with PTSD

Posted October 30, 2015 by Shannon Collins

As a disabled Air Force veteran living with post-traumatic stress from military sexual trauma, I’ve had my good days and bad days but all of my hard work over the past two years paid off when I recently achieved one of my goals — completing my first full marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon. I had…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted January 8, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) Jason Knudeson

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community The chapter for 2015 has now been closed. Some of us will view last year as a success, some of us may not. Gen. George Patton once said, “I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how…

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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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