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

Posted August 15, 2014 by

Who are you living for, or in other words who is writing your life’s story?  Do you call the shots in life or is there someone bigger?  The famed writer Wendell Berry says, “the significance – and ultimate quality – of the work we do is determined by our understanding of the story in which…

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The voice within

Posted August 8, 2014 by Anonymous

LANGLEY AFB, Va.†-†”Can your significant other sexually assault you?” The answer was a resounding silence. No one knew how to answer the “Sex Signals” speaker. I knew. I knew the answer. Rather, the sudden urge to vomit and then excuse myself from the auditorium gave me my answer. “Yes. Oh, my God. Yes,” said a…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted August 8, 2014 by

Professor Clayton Christensen at Harvard Business School makes this observation about what truly matters in life.  ”If you study the root causes of business disasters, over and over you’ll find this predisposition toward endeavors that offer immediate gratification. If you look at personal lives through that lens, you’ll see the same stunning and sobering pattern:…

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Understanding sergeant’s words: ‘I’ve got your back’

Posted August 8, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Patricia Yelverton

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Seeing the newly selected staff sergeants recently brought back memories of when I was selected for staff sergeant. Actually, my thoughts went to the night I graduated Airman Leadership School. As I crossed the stage after receiving my completion certificate, my co-workers gathered to congratulate me and shake my…

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Life is moving, move with it

Posted August 1, 2014 by Senior Airman Jarrod Grammel

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.†-†”You can’t be neutral on a moving train” is a famous quote, and the title of a memoir and documentary about the life of author, historian and activist Howard Zinn. What this means is that things are happening all around us, and everything in life is moving in a certain direction….

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Analog Leadership in a Digital World

Posted August 1, 2014 by Col. David E. Blocker

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.†-†In today’s military, every service member is a leader, and we all live in a “digital world.” Look around any gathering of people; most of us are online with some form of computer or electronic device the majority of time we are awake. At home station or deployed, portable electronic devices…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted August 1, 2014 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Where do you invest your time?  When you have an extra hour in the day, what is your focus?  If you are like most people, you will put time and energy into things that are more concrete like finishing a…

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Leadership Lessons: Who would you follow?

Posted July 25, 2014 by Lt. Col. Amanda Brandt

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D.†-†Over the last year I have enjoyed reading articles from our wing leadership on their perspectives and experiences which have made them better leaders. I have great admiration for their words of wisdom and have benefited from their shared experiences. When I was asked to write a leadership piece I…

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Is the Air Force in you?

Posted July 25, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Edward Edgar

OXON HILL, Md. – When I think about being a good Airman first, there are two quotes that have framed my focus. The first came from Chief Master Sgt. A.C. Smith, the command chief master sergeant for the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. It was part of his address to the…

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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 – Professor Clayton Christensen at Harvard Business School is amazed at the fraction of students who give so little thought to their purpose in life. He recognizes that finding your purpose is not always easy even for Harvard students.  He decided…

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