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Lemonade and boxing: two approaches to tough times

Posted March 22, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. Richard Parsons

We have all heard the old adage, “when life serves you lemons, make lemonade.” While this is easier said than done, it is sometimes the best approach. We face very difficult times, and I am not here to debate how we got here or even the best approach to getting out of the situation. We…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted July 5, 2013 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Freedom is an important value to every American, but we must also remember that the Truth is what will set us free.     Through our prayers — an opportunity to pray for the needs of our community – Pray…

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Leadership lesson: My biggest mistake as an NCO

Posted October 4, 2013 by Command Chief Master Sgt. David Duncan

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. – What was the most important leadership lesson you learned during your career? This question has been asked of me quite a few times as I get the awesome opportunity to speak with our Airmen around base. I have been asked this question from such groups as the First-Term…

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Stepping Forward

Posted January 10, 2014 by Lt. Col. Chad Nichols

Recently I came across an interesting quote from Admiral Togo Heihachiro, Commander of the Japanese Fleet during the Battle of Tsushima in 1905: “If your sword is too short, take one step forward.” Given the environment of reduced budgets, fiscal challenges and potential manpower shortages facing the Air Force, this quote struck me as relevant…

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A Chaplain’s perspective on sexual assault

Posted April 11, 2014 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O'Dowd

Have you ever had your soul torn in two? In other words, have you ever been hurt at such a deep level that you don’t think you will ever be healed again? That is what happens with a sexual assault. It cuts deep into a person so that their very being is damaged in ways…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted June 27, 2014 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – What is love?  Here is one person’s take on love.  “Love affirms the reality of the other person, the other culture, the other way of life; love takes the trouble to get to know the other person or culture, finding…

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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 – Columbus Day is more than an American holiday. In fact, numerous countries celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas because it honors the need for unity.  It is amazing that in the late 1400s, a crew brought…

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It’s 1700 somewhere

Posted January 9, 2015 by Capt. David Liapis

Its side effects can range from confusion to induced sprinting for cover, to feelings of pride. It has the power to stop people in their tracks and causes self-induced paralysis for nearly two minutes at a time. Reveille and Retreat ceremonies occur on most military installations across the U.S. at the beginning and the end…

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Pursuing dreams to fly, fight and win

Posted March 27, 2015 by Lt. Col. Heather Baldwin

Have you ever been told you didn’t have what it takes while pursuing a goal? Did you believe it? I did. My final year in college, the Reserve Officer Training Corps detachment commander met with each senior to discuss our Air Force future. When asked what I hoped to do, like most of my peers…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted July 2, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character — an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Our nation has many reasons to celebrate this 4th of July, and one of those reasons is the importance of religion in our foundation as a country but also in the success of our future.  George Washing stated it this way,…

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