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When did you learn your core values?

Posted May 17, 2013 by Col. Elizabeth Decker

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.†-†Next month will mark my 24th year in the Air Force and this has given me reason to pause and reflect on my time in uniform. Many things have changed since I graduated college and took my oath to support and defend. Uniforms have gone through several iterations during that time….

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted August 9, 2013 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Smith magazine developed a series of competitions that challenged people to write six word memoirs.  One theme was love and marriage.  Here are two examples: “Found true love, married someone else” and “Not always perfect, but so worthwhile”.  What about…

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‘Tis the season to be impulsive

Posted November 22, 2013 by Jeanne Morrow

The Winter Holidays are a time of festivities, food, friends, and family. They are also a time when we allow ourselves to be excessive with the quick rationalization of “It’s the holidays!” Or, “It’s only once a year!” Or, “I’ll worry about it later!” The problem with that logic is that this excessive, impulsive behavior…

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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 – This Friday we celebrate St. Valentine’s Day. Although commercialism dominates the celebration, there is a historical background to the day that can benefit us. The holiday is named after Valentinus, a third century Roman who was imprisoned for performing “illegal” weddings for…

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

Posted May 16, 2014 by

- Questions have a way of revealing our motives, and motives are what drive our lives.  Try asking yourself these questions from a professor in Pennsylvania.  ”What are you seeking? What are you loving? What are you fearing? What are you trusting? What voices are you listening to? Where are you setting your hopes?” Change…

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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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Be proud of your role this Independence Day

Posted June 29, 2012 by by Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, starting the colonies on the path to freedom. The next day, John Adams wrote to his wife, describing the time as “the most memorable epoch in the history of America” and saying he was “apt to believe that it will be celebrated by…

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Veterans Day honors a truly elite group

Posted November 9, 2012 by Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger

Because we are Airmen, and are surrounded by the military on a daily basis, it can sometimes be easy to forget how incredibly significant it is to be a veteran. The approximately 22 million living veterans in this country make up only about 7 percent of the population. And less than 1 percent of Americans…

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Deadline for 2013 Scholarships for Military Children fast approaching

Posted February 15, 2013 by Tammy L. Reed

In today’s economy, it’s hard to find the money for what many could consider the luxury of a higher education. Getting a scholarship to help pay for your investment can really help. That’s why the Defense Commissary Agency wants to remind you that the Feb. 22 deadline for students to apply for this year’s Scholarships…

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Filling squares

Posted June 21, 2013 by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent Miller

As Airmen, we are more than familiar with the need to fill the proverbial squares as we strive to progress in our military career. To be competitive for awards and promotions, we must commit ourselves to goals such as education, passing the fitness exam, and community service. It is through completion of these expectations and…

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