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A Chaplain’s perspective on sexual assault

Posted April 11, 2014 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O'Dowd

Have you ever had your soul torn in two? In other words, have you ever been hurt at such a deep level that you don’t think you will ever be healed again? That is what happens with a sexual assault. It cuts deep into a person so that their very being is damaged in ways…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – What is love?  Here is one person’s take on love.  “Love affirms the reality of the other person, the other culture, the other way of life; love takes the trouble to get to know the other person or culture, finding…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Columbus Day is more than an American holiday. In fact, numerous countries celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas because it honors the need for unity.  It is amazing that in the late 1400s, a crew brought…

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It’s 1700 somewhere

Posted January 9, 2015 by Capt. David Liapis

Its side effects can range from confusion to induced sprinting for cover, to feelings of pride. It has the power to stop people in their tracks and causes self-induced paralysis for nearly two minutes at a time. Reveille and Retreat ceremonies occur on most military installations across the U.S. at the beginning and the end…

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Pursuing dreams to fly, fight and win

Posted March 27, 2015 by Lt. Col. Heather Baldwin

Have you ever been told you didn’t have what it takes while pursuing a goal? Did you believe it? I did. My final year in college, the Reserve Officer Training Corps detachment commander met with each senior to discuss our Air Force future. When asked what I hoped to do, like most of my peers…

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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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Hold the line: Truth is hard to hear, but can set you free

Posted April 13, 2012 by by Chief Master Sgt. Ben Caro

As a master sergeant and the newly appointed squadron superintendent, I felt it was important to provide our unit’s Airmen with an honest assessment of their performance. Seizing an opportunity, I asked a staff sergeant to come by my office for a chat. The staff sergeant was one of our hardest working NCOs and the…

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Did you know?

Posted October 12, 2012 by Chief Master Sgt. Brian Randolph

As the new 412th Test Wing command chief I have been taking time to get to know and talk with you while visiting your units and attending base events. I hope I get a chance to talk with all of you. During my visits I am asked several questions. Some of these questions I can…

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10 ways to dazzle the IG during an inspection

Posted December 21, 2012 by retired Maj. Gen. Mark Zamzow

What you consider as your worst nightmare is coming to fruition: The Inspector General is coming to your unit to conduct a periodic readiness or compliance inspection! Apprehension, worry, fear, anxiety and tension float through the wing like a thick fog as questions arise in everyone’s minds. What will the IG expect of me? What…

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Leadership not defined by shapes, sizes

Posted May 3, 2013 by Col. Jerry Wizda

Short in stature at 5 feet 4 inches, not particularly handsome, a bookworm and not exactly the life of the party, James Madison does not fit some perceptions of a leader. In today’s world, he probably would have been perceived as a nerd. But, his brilliant mind and leadership skills now have historians re-embracing Madison’s…

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