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

Posted May 15, 2015 by

“What do you do?”  That is the question most asked of people when they meet for the first time.  It implies that we are what we do. But deep down we know we are more than our job. Our character, personality, hobbies, and family life are not often considered when we meet. It would be…

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Religious Diversity: Stew or Ambrosia?

Posted May 8, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Peter Fischer

The metaphor of the ‘Great Melting Pot’ has been used to describe U.S. culture since the early twentieth century. The idea is that people from diverse countries, languages, and religious traditions all blend together to form a new identity – Americans. Sort of like a well-cooked stew where everything is boiled-down to the point where…

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Why I served

Posted May 8, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. Gordon Drake

As my 32 year Air Force career comes to a rapid close I’ve found myself growing increasingly sentimental and reflective. I’ve spent considerable time pondering, savoring and squirreling away the memories of the places I’ve been, the people I’ve worked with and the achievements we’ve made over the past three decades. What was it that…

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

Posted May 8, 2015 by

– Do you feel guilty when you’re not busy?  Former missionary Scott Dannemiller, who blogs at the Huffington Post, admits that “busy is a sickness … and I wear busyness like a badge of honor. Most of the time, I manufacture urgency in hopes that it will create urgency in others. Instead, it only creates…

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Honest answers to sexual assault myths

Posted May 1, 2015 by Maj. Gen. Gina Grosso

As Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month comes to a close, I want to take the opportunity to address three persistent myths regarding the Air Forceís Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program. These myths include a commanderís ability to start, stop or otherwise hinder a sexual assault investigation; what agencies can take a sexual assault…

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Please don’t thank me for my service

Posted May 1, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Hughes

The other day a good friend and mentor, a retired AF Master Sergeant, sent me a message made up of a few simple words. Words that we, folks who wear a military uniform, may be accustomed to … “Thank you for your service.” I don’t know about you, but I am very uncomfortable when people…

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

Posted April 30, 2015 by

– The Roman Emperor Valerian ruled from 253 to 260 AD and is noted for his persecution of Christians. At one point, he confronted a deacon of the church, Lawrence, and offered him a deal: in exchange for turning over the church property, he would be spared arrest and execution. Lawrence agreed but asked for an…

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Ten seconds later and that picture still exists

Posted April 24, 2015 by Liz Jacobson

There is a conversation many teenagers have had with their parents or friends, me included.

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

Posted April 24, 2015 by

– Last year an Oregon woman with a brain tumor made the very public choice to die. But a Colorado woman facing a terminal disease chose to live through it. Kara Tippetts, a 38-year-old married mother of four, knew the fear and pain of a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. Her approach to this trial was…

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Sexual assault survivor: One Airman’s story

Posted April 17, 2015 by

– By a Survivor WASHINGTON — Sexual assault is a hot topic — one addressed in annual training and at commander’s calls throughout the Air Force — yet the details of victims’ stories are seldom mentioned. This is understandable. These crimes against service members are intensely personal. Also, as many survivors have learned, listeners don’t…

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