Commentary

Adapt and overcome

Posted April 15, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer

PEORIA, Ill.–My firstborn child recently turned 2 months old. Amidst the irresistible joy of having a new little buddy, I look back over these last eight weeks and wonder how my spouse and I survived. I am a writer, but there are no words I can find adequate enough to describe the terror of sleeplessness…

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Choosing to live

Posted November 6, 2015 by an anonymous Airman

I have worked for the federal government for 13 years and in each and every one of those years, I have been through suicide awareness and prevention training. I have completed the Resiliency Training Assistant course, and I have even taught resiliency at Wingman Days. I know the toolsets to help and have a set…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted January 15, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) Jason Knudeson

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community The Power of Choice:  We have each been given a choice whether to be assigned here at Edwards. For many that choice was simply, “Like It Or Not.” That may not seem like much of a choice, but, believe it or…

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Gaining Altitude – July 17, 2015

Posted July 17, 2015 by

Growth opportunities for the week This is a weekly segment in Desert Wings to highlight a spiritual focus for the Edwards community: Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community: New York Times columnist David Brooks thinks there are some important life skills that are critical to living a…

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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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Innovation: Never stop improving

Posted October 23, 2015 by Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station commander

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo.–“Another article on innovation?” you say. I don’t have to tell you that there are more challenges across the Air Force than any time that I can recall: manning reductions, reduced budgets, infrastructure we can no longer afford, new requirements; response to advanced cyber threats, and the cherry on top,…

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Flipping for safety

Posted March 23, 2018 by Maj. (Dr.) Jacob Sheff

In pediatrics, we regularly emphasize how exercise is key to a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a healthy weight. In children and adolescents, physical activity is commonly accomplished by participation in organized sports.

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Challenge yourself: Never give up, never quit

Posted July 17, 2015 by by Chief Master Sgt. Wendi L. McLean

I once read that newly created cells in our bodies do one of two things: they either begin to decay or they become more vital. These cells choose their path based on what we demand of them. If we are sedentary, our brains signal our cells to decay; but if we exercise, our cells get…

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Leading the way: A spark to start a fire

Posted December 11, 2015 by Senior Master Sgt. Michael Roxberry

As a leader, do not let your ego get in the way.  Stand tall, but not above everyone else.  Do not tell people what to do, show them.  Showing them is what leading is all about.  When you show them, you are creating that spark.  Much like a fire, it all starts with a small…

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Volunteerism affects positive change

Posted December 4, 2015 by Lt. Col. Stephen A. Simko

Throughout our military careers, we often talk of being a volunteer force, a subset of our culture that has volunteered to serve our country in the profession of arms. Without disrespect to anyone currently in uniform or those that have served before me, I have always been in conflict over the military/volunteer discussions. Granted, there…

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