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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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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted February 19, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community The Christian season of Lent began a week and a half ago.  For Christians, Ash Wednesday began a season of fasting.  The ritual of fasting is shared by a number of religions, for example Muslims celebrate the month of Ramadan. Persons…

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My oath of enlistment

Posted February 12, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Hughes

McCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.–I have been asked many times throughout my career why I joined the military. I typically answer, “For fortune and glory, isn’t that why everyone joined?” My response usually gets a little chuckle, which lasts long enough for me to change the subject. I change the subject because I don’t believe…

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Staying true to the new you

Posted February 12, 2016 by Senior Airman Jonathan Bass

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C.–Grizzled gym rats who have made the gym their second home know what time of year this is: resolution season. The season when there’s never a good parking spot, all the lockers are full, and that one person who has no idea how to use the leg press machine just won’t…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted February 12, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community George Washington once said, “I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” Maintaining that character takes both firmness and virtue to make the…

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Character

Posted February 5, 2016 by Brig. Gen. Karl McGregor

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” said Martin Luther King Jr., in one of his most famous speeches. Character is what’s deep inside each of us,…

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Analyzing failure, realizing success

Posted February 5, 2016 by Col. Ryan Samuelson

“We have an issue. I’ll call him in and figure out why he failed to …” said the supervisor who walked into my office that sunny day. “Stop,” I said, “find out the facts, let me see the outcome of the mistake, and let me see if I own it before you say he failed.”…

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The 2016 election year is here

Posted February 5, 2016 by Kenji Thuloweit

Donald Trump vs. Ted Cruz! Marco Rubio vs. Jeb Bush! Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders and, you know, that other guy! Forget the Super Bowl for a second, we’re about to see the Super Bowl of election years! I can’t remember an election season with so many televised debates and candidates. The drama, the excitement,…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted February 5, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) Jason Knudeson

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community What is your legacy? Her name was Dean Cornett. Very few people outside of the tiny village of Paint Lick, Ky., know who she was, but those in the village remember how she became one of President George H. W. Bush’s 1,000…

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Qualities of a Leader

Posted January 29, 2016 by Senior Master Sgt. Jason Chiasson

As I walk around Incirlik and speak with Airmen or attend professional development seminars, Airman Leadership School or First Term Airman’s Center briefings, I am usually asked the question, “What makes a good leader or what do I have to do to make it in the Air Force?”  If you were to ask that question…

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