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Touched by suicide

Posted November 13, 2015 by Dr. David Smith

So I thought I knew who was touched by suicide. I thought it was friends and family, co-workers, supervisory chain and those things that I think make sense; but I have learned it can be broader and lasting. I was touched by suicide a few years ago. Not family, not friend, not in the chain of…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted January 29, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) Jason Knudeson

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community As I am typing this, our National Anthem is playing, and I am remembering a scene at a previous assignment when I witnessed three officers rendering the courtesies to the flag at the end of the day. These three men were…

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Invest time to help Airmen

Posted November 20, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Bitton

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.–Think back to when you joined the Air Force.  Did you know everything about your AFSC, how the promotion system works, assignments, performance evaluations, deployments and the list goes on?  I would have to say no, however, I would bet that at multiple points and times throughout your service someone took…

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The devil inside: interrupted

Posted February 19, 2016 by Anonymous

Military life can be challenging. Frequent deployments and temporary duties, constantly moving to different commands all around the globe, never staying in one location or with the same people for very long takes its toll on the member and their family. As long as I had my family, I knew I could do it. No…

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Balance is key

Posted October 16, 2015 by Maj. Wesley Wade

Whether we’re talking about our life, family or career, it boils down to balance. Having a healthy balance is the only way that we can sustain effectiveness. I can recall times as a young officer when working 14 hours a day was common. There are times when the mission will drive us to work extended…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted December 18, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Jason Knudeson

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Leo Tolstoy, whose writings had a profound impact on such pivotal 20th century figures as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote, “If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.” This next week, especially in the midst of the…

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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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I’m not just an Airman, I’m a spouse, and I can be both

Posted June 5, 2015 by by Senior Airman Sarah Hall-Kirchner

Sometimes, all of my identities get hard to handle. No, I’m not a superhero with an alter-ego, but I do wear quite a few different hats. I am an active duty Airman, I am a mom, I am a daughter, I am a sister, and I also happen to be the spouse of an active…

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The devil inside: deployment, divorce, attempted suicide

Posted January 29, 2016 by by Anonymous

Any service member who signed up after 9/11 did so knowing that they would likely deploy to a hostile environment. We all do so willing and eager to serve our country with honor. We read the stories of our courageous brothers and sisters standing up for what they think is right and just, and we…

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Holiday survival: weathering the financial blizzard

Posted November 20, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Greg Nash

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.–It’s that time of year again. As the holiday season approaches, we will be bombarded with alluring advertisements, extensive winter holiday shopping lists from family members and store holiday sales enticing us to spend big. Are you prepared to spend money during the holiday season? Are you nervous because you’re still…

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