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Veterans Day is a day to celebrate and honor

Posted November 6, 2015 by Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski

Veterans have made a selfless choice to lay their lives on the line to serve and protect our country. In many cases, they have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure we continue to have our rights and freedoms. Veterans Day is a time we set aside to honor these special Americans. Originally known as Armistice…

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What are you thankful for? What are you favorite Thanksgiving traditions?

Posted November 25, 2015 by

“What am I most thankful for this year? My family, God’s protection over them especially being split with my kids being in northern Virginia and then my wife and my youngest son here. And I’m thankful for this job and being able to take care of Edwards. It really is an honor and a blessing; I get up every day and thank God for this opportunity to serve.”

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Four F’s essential to life in military

Posted September 18, 2015 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Mark Fousek

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  — I have had a lot of my non-military friends ask me the question, “How have you made it for 24 years in the military?”  Looking back, I realized that I already had a form of what the Air Force now calls Comprehensive Airman Fitness:  Mental, Social, Spiritual and Physical Fitness….

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Character

Posted February 5, 2016 by Brig. Gen. Karl McGregor

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” said Martin Luther King Jr., in one of his most famous speeches. Character is what’s deep inside each of us,…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted January 29, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) Jason Knudeson

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community As I am typing this, our National Anthem is playing, and I am remembering a scene at a previous assignment when I witnessed three officers rendering the courtesies to the flag at the end of the day. These three men were…

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Qualities of a Leader

Posted January 29, 2016 by Senior Master Sgt. Jason Chiasson

As I walk around Incirlik and speak with Airmen or attend professional development seminars, Airman Leadership School or First Term Airman’s Center briefings, I am usually asked the question, “What makes a good leader or what do I have to do to make it in the Air Force?”  If you were to ask that question…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted October 23, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community As stated previously, Templeton Foundation winner and former British Navy serviceman Jean Vanier has a heart for the disabled and those with developmental disabilities. He maintains that “the intellectually-disabled don’t pretend to love others for what they do. That’s their gift…

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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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Analyzing failure, realizing success

Posted February 5, 2016 by Col. Ryan Samuelson

“We have an issue. I’ll call him in and figure out why he failed to …” said the supervisor who walked into my office that sunny day. “Stop,” I said, “find out the facts, let me see the outcome of the mistake, and let me see if I own it before you say he failed.”…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted March 4, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Napoleon said, “A leader is a dealer in hope.” Hope is a most valuable commodity. In fact when someone does not have any hope they are vulnerable to thoughts of self-harm. The hope that we often need isn’t that we will…

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