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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted November 13, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community The late Chuck Colson was known as President Nixon’s “hatchet man” and served time in prison for his failures. He is now better known for his work with prison ministry and worldview thinking. He used to ask four “ultimate” or “worldview”…

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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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‘Under Pressure’

Posted February 26, 2016 by Lt. Col. Mark Reynolds

We saw 2016 begin with the loss of rock-n-roll legend David Bowie, and while listening to my satellite radio’s “Bowie tribute” last month I was inspired to title my article after one of his hit songs. I find it particularly relevant because everyone, whether yourself, co-worker, family member, or the person waiting next to you…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted October 2, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community The Templeton Foundation’s winner last year was Jean Vanier, awarded for his exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension. He served in the British Royal Navy during World War II and was impacted by those with developmental disabilities. He started a…

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Never underestimate your impact

Posted August 28, 2015 by by Chief Master Sgt. Zachary Capogna

Every day I visit our great Airmen and every day I come across more than one that underestimates their impact to the mission. There’s the one-stripe maintainer, “just repaneling an aircraft,” for the next day’s flight, or the young personalist, “just issuing another identification card,” or the defender, “just guarding the gate.” The list could…

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Invest time to help Airmen

Posted November 20, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Bitton

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.–Think back to when you joined the Air Force.  Did you know everything about your AFSC, how the promotion system works, assignments, performance evaluations, deployments and the list goes on?  I would have to say no, however, I would bet that at multiple points and times throughout your service someone took…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted March 4, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Napoleon said, “A leader is a dealer in hope.” Hope is a most valuable commodity. In fact when someone does not have any hope they are vulnerable to thoughts of self-harm. The hope that we often need isn’t that we will…

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Clean closets of mind, life with springtime

Posted April 1, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Regina Buckhalter

Spring is fast approaching and it is time to “clean your closets” by reflecting on past accomplishments and refocusing your future goals. Many people set goals.  Historically, goals are designed to set you on a path to what you will change or what you will improve upon.  What goals have you set?  Whatever they may…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted November 6, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community What is your purpose?  Do you know the answer or even where to start looking for the answer?  New York Times columnist David Brooks noted that people “feel a hunger to live meaningfully but they don’t know the right questions to…

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Separated but not alone

Posted July 31, 2015 by by Senior Airman Lauren-Taylor Levin

As the dawn broke out over the mountains, I woke up to the sun peeping through my window. Once I got up I went straight to the kitchen to make my family breakfast yet in the back of my mind, all I could think about was, “how am I going to manage taking care of…

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