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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted August 23, 2013 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community   – Have you ever learned another language only to forget it after a few years of neglect?  Speaking another language fluently takes constant practice. The language of “character” is similar.  Neglect it and your life will be dominated by confusion…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted August 16, 2013 by tomlear

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Valley Forge is known as a dark time for the fledgling Continental Army. The soldiers were battle-weary, without food and clothing, and ready to quit.  Yet after a six-month encampment, the same Army proved itself successful in battle.  A transformation took…

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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 – Smith magazine developed a series of competitions that challenged people to write six word memoirs.  One theme was love and marriage.  Here are two examples: “Found true love, married someone else” and “Not always perfect, but so worthwhile”.  What about…

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New truancy law this coming school year

Posted August 9, 2013 by

An absence must be verified within 24 hours of a student’s return to school or it will be entered in the student’s attendance file as a truancy and reported to the attendance supervisor, school administration and county truant officer. A student is also considered truant with a tardy exceeding 30 minutes. If a student has…

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I am an Air Force first sergeant

Posted August 9, 2013 by Master Sgt. Eric Jackson

“Everyone is My Business” That’s the first sergeant’s creed. That’s what we strive for, each and every single day. There are very few enlisted personnel in our Air Force with more authority, more responsibility and a downright busier day than a first sergeant. My job is people – everyone is my business. I dedicate my…

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Slowest of suicides

Posted August 2, 2013 by Airman Ryan Conroy

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -†I’ve been slowly killing myself for the past three years. I intentionally inhale toxins that destroy my lungs and heart. I smoke cigarettes. But, I’m quitting – again. According to the health and wellness center’s tobacco cessation class, the average smoker will attempt to quit five to seven times before achieving…

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Defiance vs. distress: Digging deeper to help Airmen

Posted August 2, 2013 by Senior Master Sgt April Brittain

U.S. Air Force graphic The four pillars of Comprehensive Airman Fitness which focuses on a member’s resiliency: mental, spiritual, social and physical. LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. In my four years as a first sergeant, I’ve seen the good, bad and the ugly; however, I would not be effective if I allowed the bad 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 – It is reported that South African golfer Gary Player responded to a critic describing him as “lucky” by saying, “yes, and I’ve noticed that the harder I practice, the luckier I get.”  Our character is formed in the same way….

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Leap to your limits

Posted July 26, 2013 by Lt. Col. Oliver K. Leeds

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -†One of the lessons I carry around with me every day is something I learned from the jumping events in high school track and field. I was intimidated by the high jump. Unlike the long jump, where every leap into the sand pit could be measured and faults were not…

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Avoiding retreat is cowardly

Posted July 26, 2013 by Jo Rowe

Air Force photo by Senior Airman William OíBrien An Airman salutes the flag during Retreat. KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -It was one of the first beautiful days in a very long while in and around Bolling Air Force Base, District of Columbia. Rain was predicted, but I was hoping it would hold out until…

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