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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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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted March 11, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community As children we hear, “Sticks and stones can break your bones but words will never hurt you.” As we grow older we find that words can hurt worse than physical injuries. As hurtful as some things are to hear we get…

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A resolution for a lifestyle

Posted March 4, 2016 by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski

Are you one of the millions of people who started this year with a resolution to improve your life? Maybe you promised yourself that you would lose weight, fit into those old favorite jeans, or even improve your physical fitness test score. You, along with many others have done this–so how do you stick to…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted March 4, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Napoleon said, “A leader is a dealer in hope.” Hope is a most valuable commodity. In fact when someone does not have any hope they are vulnerable to thoughts of self-harm. The hope that we often need isn’t that we will…

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