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Be proud of your role this Independence Day

Posted July 2, 2015 by Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, starting the colonies on the path to freedom. The next day, John Adams wrote to his wife, describing the time as “the most memorable epoch in the history of America” and saying he was “apt to believe that it will be celebrated by…

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Happy Fourth of July!

Posted July 2, 2015 by Brig. Gen. Carl E. Schaefer

Team, This Independence Day weekend, we celebrate the day our great nation declared independence for the original 13 colonies and thus the birth of the United States of America. The Declaration of Independence is the nation’s most cherished symbol of liberty, an ideal we continue to cherish and protect. Here the history of our country…

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Man On The Street

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Patrick Nance, 412th Medical Group, Paramedic “With the conditions of the severe drought, we have to be aware that every drop counts. Personally, I try to be more aware of my water usage, and for example, not let the water run or, if you’re running water to get to the hot water, save that water…

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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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Leaders: the good, bad, and forgotten

Posted June 26, 2015 by Col. Sean McKenna

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas–It’s been my Air Force experience there are three categories of leaders- the Good, the Bad, and the Forgotten. Everyone reading this probably thinks they’re in the first category, but we know that’s not the case. Airmen who work for you certainly wish that were true, but not every leader’s an…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted June 26, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Do you remember Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood?  The shoes and sweater may (or may not) bring back memories.  The song “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” (Google it) is probably stuck in your head right now.  The late Fred Rogers, stated that a…

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Diamond in the rough: An Airman’s recovery from his haunted past

Posted June 19, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Derek VanHorn

Growing up, many of his childhood nights were spent staring through a gaping hole in his bedroom ceiling. He didn't know how it got there, but sometimes it served as a pleasant escape from the surrounding chaos.

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted June 19, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character–an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community. * Andrew Reiner, a teacher at Towson University wrote recently, “This is a generation terrified of looking up from the cellphone for fear of appearing out of the loop or having a real conversation where the muck of real emotions can’t be sterilized….

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Thank you and farewell

Posted June 12, 2015 by Maj. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr.

Team, Thank You!!! When I was told in January 2012 I would have the privilege to serve as the first Air Force Test Center Commander, I was elated. I thought I knew what a dedicated team of professional Airmen the new AFTC would be comprised of and how the test mission would be executed. I…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted June 12, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community * Andrew Reiner, a teacher at Towson University has a problem with what he calls “hyperconnected cocoons.” We are more connected to the world than ever and yet we are still so lonely.  He wanted his students to break free from…

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