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Pregnant with cancer: A story of survival, resilience

Posted October 10, 2014 by Lt. Col. Shaio Zerba

On April 16, 2007, I got a call no expecting mother would dream of receiving. “We got the results from your biopsy and it came back malignant.” Did the doctor just say I had cancer? I first discovered the lump during Christmas break. It was so small that it was barely distinguishable. In March, I…

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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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Mentorship a ‘fundamental responsibility’ for senior leaders

Posted October 3, 2014 by Rebecca Amber

Selina Carr-McEwen, 412th Test Wing Financial Management budget analyst, was stationed at Aviano Air Base, Italy, as a military spouse when she began to feel that her career was on hold. It was only two years since she graduated with a masters degree in 2008, but she was beginning to feel lost.

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Hispanic Heritage Month questions, answers

Posted October 3, 2014 by Senior Airman Joe Hernandez

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Senior Airman Joe Hernandez, 31st Test and Evlauation Squadron, reads stories in English and Spanish to pre-schoolers at the Child Development Center Sept. 26 for Hispanic Heritage Month. In today’s society, Hispanics, Latinos and Chicanos are defined as people from Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American and…

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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 – In a recent magazine article, an author discussed ancient Rome and the tendency to attribute more and more godlike characteristics to the emperor “until eventually the emperor demanded to be worshipped as God. at the same time that emperor is…

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When leaders earn their keep

Posted September 26, 2014 by Col. Sean McKenna

It’s no secret that a key to being a good leader, military or otherwise, is taking care of your people. I strongly believe Airmen aren’t able to perform at their peak if their personal lives are in disarray. Whether financial woes, marital issues, illnesses or other troubles, it’s tough to be at your best when…

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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

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- What if you were sick and couldn’t come to work?  Would you have a friend who could bring you a meal?  Now which one would truly meet your needs: the meal or the friend?  Author Randy Alcorn says it this way, “without your friend, there would be no meal; but even without a meal,…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

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- Have you ever wanted to be part of something bigger than yourself-to make a difference in this world?  Will you be ready when the time comes?  Winston Churchill put it this way: “To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance…

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It is my honor and privilege

Posted September 19, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. David Wade

How do you respond when someone says thank you? Do you smile and nod your head? Do you say, “No problem.”? How about, “I am just doing my job.” Perhaps a thank you catches you off guard and you fail to provide a response at all? I understand all of these reactions. It is easy…

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Look past 1947 for Air Force roots

Posted September 19, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Matt Proietti

The Air Force officially turns 67 this month, but my uncle Gino thinks it’s older. He’s 90, and the lone surviving brother of my father. Both of them served in World War II, as did two of their siblings. My father was in the Navy, as was his eldest brother, Europeo (his real name, I…

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