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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

Posted September 27, 2013 by

- A Rod is considered one of baseball’s greats, yet he’s been suspended for 211 games for alleged performance enhancing drug use. Why would someone with so much talent think about taking this chance? New York Times columnist David Brooks speculates that “self preoccupied people have trouble seeing that their natural abilities come from outside…

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Dignity and Respect To the Airmen of the United States Air Force

Posted December 20, 2013 by Gen. Mark A. Welsh III

Last month, we launched the Airman to Airman video series as a way for me to communicate directly with you on the important issues I think you need to know about. †Recently, I met with your wing commanders here in D.C. and talked to them about a number of issues affecting our Air Force. Most…

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100 pounds later: The new me

Posted March 28, 2014 by Master Sgt. April Lapetoda

Courtesy photo A before and after photo of Master Sgt. April Lapetoda, who lost 100 pounds and has since completed a marathon and several half marathons. She is the superintendent of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing public affairs. SOUTHWEST ASIA – I never used to push myself physically. Even as a high school athlete, I…

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Why we wear reflective belts

Posted September 14, 2012 by by Regina Coffey

Approximately 4000 pedestrians are killed in the United States every year and half of those are during the hours of darkness. Also, almost 50 percent of pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. occur between the hours of 6 p.m. and midnight according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Studies show a motorist driving 55 mph…

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A lesson in resilience from Louis Zamperini, an exemplary Wingman

Posted December 14, 2012 by Laura Mowry

When it comes to being resilient and caring for others, there is no finer example than the 95-year-old World War II aviator and American hero, Louis Zamperini. While addressing Team Edwards during a Wingman Day resilience training event Dec. 10, he shared his personal testimony of how his life transformed from a childhood filled with…

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A chance encounter

Posted April 19, 2013 by Retired Gen. Steve Lorenz

As a leader, you must always be observant of what is going on around you. Literally you need to observe, listen and sense in a 360-degree circle in real time. To truly be effective, you need to have your radar up and running at all times because you never know when you can make a…

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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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My educational journey: I signed up

Posted November 1, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Gabriel Acevedo

While I did not regard learning as my highest priority early on in my life, the pursuit of education has dominated the greater part of it. My educational journey includes training experiences as well as formal and informal education. My mother was big on higher education and I observed her putting in hard work into…

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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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Reflection, gratitude befit Memorial Day

Posted May 18, 2012 by by Gen. Donald Hoffman

As I prepare to retire, I once again find myself reflecting on what it means to serve. Foremost in my thoughts are those who have risked their lives to preserve freedom and democracy. Even as we are hosting barbecues this weekend, or just enjoying extra time with our families, brave men and women are demonstrating…

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