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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted April 8, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

Even though I am currently enjoying sunny Southern California days, I am reminded of the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” This phrase always reminds me that hope follows the storms of life. It may be difficult to see the hope beyond current hardships, so remember that there are agenciesavailable to assist.  Don’t be afraid…

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Clean closets of mind, life with springtime

Posted April 1, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Regina Buckhalter

Spring is fast approaching and it is time to “clean your closets” by reflecting on past accomplishments and refocusing your future goals. Many people set goals.  Historically, goals are designed to set you on a path to what you will change or what you will improve upon.  What goals have you set?  Whatever they may…

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Leadership requires balance

Posted April 1, 2016 by Maj. Andrew Mackenzie

That is an easy question, right? I am sure the average person ponders over just this type of question for hours in between Walking Dead episodes. Let’s try something a little more specific and perhaps easier to answer: What is my leadership philosophy, and why? While this is purely an academic exercise, its timing is…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted April 1, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

Downtown, you may see signs at local churches proclaiming today, April 1, as “National Atheists’ Day.” These are based on a scriptural text from the Judeo/Christian tradition that states, “The fool says in heart, ‘there is no God …’” They think it is “funny.” Your Wing Chaplain thinks it is disrespectful. As Airmen we come…

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Empowerment: More than just a word

Posted March 25, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Ryan Sparks

I am a first-term Airman at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. I am approaching one year time on station and getting close to achieving the next skill level in my job. At this stage in my career, my number one focus is on training and mastering my job. All Airmen are expected to…

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To be a better Airman, be a brave lobster

Posted March 25, 2016 by Master Sgt. Brian Jennings

While on the Internet recently, I came across two videos I think illustrate important lessons for every Airman.  The first video was of a speech by Dr. Ken Robinson. Robinson, an educator and author, told this great story about his son’s school nativity. Most of us are familiar with the nativity and the wise men…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted March 25, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

“To everything there is a season …” Many of us are overjoyed that spring is here. The flowers are blooming and the cold of winter has passed. Spring, as a season, often provides the human spirit with feelings of hope, reminding us of the power of life. Even in the midst of the desert, we…

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You can go far with Air Force’s LEAP

Posted March 18, 2016 by Maj. Tomoyuki Ono

As a member of the Language Enabled Airmen Program, I had the opportunity to support the first-ever Pacific Partner Nation Silver Flag exercise at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, last month as part of a two-week TDY.

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted March 18, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Jerry Bridges, whose book, “The Pursuit of Holiness,” sold more than a million copies, said, “Lord, I am willing To receive what You give. To lack what You withhold. To relinquish what You take, To suffer what You inflict, To be…

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Why traffic stops during reveille, retreat

Posted March 11, 2016 by John Turner

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont.–As the drum roll of the national anthem began on base, my guests were puzzled when I stopped our conversation mid-sentence, turned toward the music and placed my right hand over my heart. We were outdoors. Nearby, traffic on Goddard Drive lurched to a halt. After the last note faded, I…

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