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Have your say in sexual assault prevention

Posted February 7, 2014 by Carolyn Graves and Kim Shirley

How many times have you sat through mandatory Sexual Assault Prevention training classes and said “I thought we were going to talk about this or “I wish we had the chance to discuss that.” Since 2005, when the Air Force stood up the SAPR program, we were given guidance and a curriculum. In the early…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted February 7, 2014 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – What do you think about on a regular basis? What thoughts keep running over and over in your mind? One psychologist said it this way, “It is the things we revisit that stick with us.  What you think about over…

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Wolfenbarger discusses challenges, successes at commanders call

Posted January 31, 2014 by

Challenges that lie ahead and a recap of recent successes highlighted Air Force Materiel Command commander Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger’s commander’s call at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Jan. 23. It was the first of what will be several workforce communication engagements for the general. In the coming months, Wolfenbarger will hold a commander’s call at…

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Got alcohol? Then don’t ride

Posted January 31, 2014 by Chris Hale

Courtesy photograph When riding a motorcycle under the influence, poor judgment and distorted vision get in the way of your brain trying to solve complicated physics calculations while considering acceleration, speed, lean angle, side slip, road surfaces, obstacles, time and distance to decision points and evasive maneuvers should your calculations prove wrong. Riding motorcycles sober…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Can a human mind become detached like a retina in person’s eye? Theologian and Bishop N.T. Wright claims that is exactly what happens when we put our feelings ahead of reason.  For instance in a contentious meeting we probably say…

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Understanding the Importance of Spiritual Fitness

Posted January 24, 2014 by Master Sgt. Jeffrey Turk

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – From senior leadership to our newest recruits, many of our Airmen today struggle with the concept of spirituality and how it influences their thoughts and behaviors. For many, the word spirituality is merely a synonym for religion or a metaphysical conception that has no real bearing on their lives. However,…

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Spiritual Fitness: Finding your ‘happy place’

Posted January 24, 2014 by 1st Lt. Scott T. Engman

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska†-†Spiritual fitness is a component of CAF that is often overlooked by the average Airman. Why? Because it isn’t as up front and easy to understand or exercise as the other pillars. Physical fitness is simple, hit the gym and eat healthily. Social fitness is all about developing healthy relationships with others….

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Life is a journey

Posted January 24, 2014 by Master Sgt. Cecil L. Tonguet

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea-Air Combat Command defines the spiritual pillar as strengthening a set of beliefs, principles or values that sustain an individual’s sense of well-being and purpose. The Air Force initially fueled my sense of purpose and gave me a foundation. For many years the simple act of wearing the uniform and…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Difficult times have a way of refining our lives. U.S. Navy Capt. Jerry Coffee, a former Navy POW at the Hanoi Hilton made the following statement about the choice to make the most of the infamous prison camp in Vietnam:…

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Building a caring community

Posted January 17, 2014 by Nancy Koch-Castillo and Edwards Helping Agencies

As we sat there in the Justin Room on Dec. 30 at 1 p.m., preparing to brief the last Community Action Information Board for 2013 to base leaders, Col. Daniel Daetz, 412th Test Wing vice commander, began the discussion by asking a question, “What do you like about Edwards?” One individual answered the beautiful sunsets,…

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