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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted December 18, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Jason Knudeson

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Leo Tolstoy, whose writings had a profound impact on such pivotal 20th century figures as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote, “If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.” This next week, especially in the midst of the…

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To be a better Airman, be a brave lobster

Posted March 25, 2016 by Master Sgt. Brian Jennings

While on the Internet recently, I came across two videos I think illustrate important lessons for every Airman.  The first video was of a speech by Dr. Ken Robinson. Robinson, an educator and author, told this great story about his son’s school nativity. Most of us are familiar with the nativity and the wise men…

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I’m not just an Airman, I’m a spouse, and I can be both

Posted June 5, 2015 by by Senior Airman Sarah Hall-Kirchner

Sometimes, all of my identities get hard to handle. No, I’m not a superhero with an alter-ego, but I do wear quite a few different hats. I am an active duty Airman, I am a mom, I am a daughter, I am a sister, and I also happen to be the spouse of an active…

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The devil inside: deployment, divorce, attempted suicide

Posted January 29, 2016 by by Anonymous

Any service member who signed up after 9/11 did so knowing that they would likely deploy to a hostile environment. We all do so willing and eager to serve our country with honor. We read the stories of our courageous brothers and sisters standing up for what they think is right and just, and we…

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Holiday survival: weathering the financial blizzard

Posted November 20, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Greg Nash

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.–It’s that time of year again. As the holiday season approaches, we will be bombarded with alluring advertisements, extensive winter holiday shopping lists from family members and store holiday sales enticing us to spend big. Are you prepared to spend money during the holiday season? Are you nervous because you’re still…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted February 26, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community As a white child of the 1960s I cannot remember the violence of the Civil Rights efforts of that decade. I was not aware of death threats my father received when he spoke out for educational equality and the integration of…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted October 23, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community As stated previously, Templeton Foundation winner and former British Navy serviceman Jean Vanier has a heart for the disabled and those with developmental disabilities. He maintains that “the intellectually-disabled don’t pretend to love others for what they do. That’s their gift…

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Holiday message from 412th Test Wing/CC

Posted December 18, 2015 by Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber From left: Chief Master Sgt. David Smith, 412th Test Wing command chief, Santa Claus, Father Christmas, and Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer, 412th TW commander, pose for a photo in front of the test wing command section Christmas Tree. They wish all of Team Edwards a Merry Christmas and a…

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Empowerment: More than just a word

Posted March 25, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Ryan Sparks

I am a first-term Airman at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. I am approaching one year time on station and getting close to achieving the next skill level in my job. At this stage in my career, my number one focus is on training and mastering my job. All Airmen are expected to…

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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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