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Dealing with holiday stress

Posted December 4, 2015 by Capt. Jerry Novack

It’s that time of year again. All things pumpkin spice become all things peppermint; television networks start showing nostalgic, holiday-themed movies; in northwest Florida, we complain about cold weather while the rest of the country actually deals with winter; and I write the holiday stress mental health message. My challenge, of course, is to write…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted March 18, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Jerry Bridges, whose book, “The Pursuit of Holiness,” sold more than a million copies, said, “Lord, I am willing To receive what You give. To lack what You withhold. To relinquish what You take, To suffer what You inflict, To be…

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Choosing to live

Posted November 6, 2015 by an anonymous Airman

I have worked for the federal government for 13 years and in each and every one of those years, I have been through suicide awareness and prevention training. I have completed the Resiliency Training Assistant course, and I have even taught resiliency at Wingman Days. I know the toolsets to help and have a set…

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New year, new you? Tips for successful resolutions

Posted January 22, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Denise Nevins

Have you ever gone into the new year certain this will be the year you change your life for the better, but after just a few weeks, you fall right back into the same habits? Well, you are not alone. According to John Norcross, a distinguished professor of clinical psychology at the University of Scranton,…

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Adapt and overcome

Posted April 15, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer

PEORIA, Ill.–My firstborn child recently turned 2 months old. Amidst the irresistible joy of having a new little buddy, I look back over these last eight weeks and wonder how my spouse and I survived. I am a writer, but there are no words I can find adequate enough to describe the terror of sleeplessness…

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Humble leadership advances team ahead of self

Posted September 25, 2015 by by Chief Master Sgt. Jacob P.E. Dunbar

There are instances in life that demand we subdue our pride to ensure the overall advancement of the team or institution. These situations require humble leadership. Harnessing impulses and reactions will require much restraint, strength and discipline to pull it off, but doing so is important. Airmen demonstrate humble leadership in many ways, but here…

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My oath of enlistment

Posted February 12, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Hughes

McCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.–I have been asked many times throughout my career why I joined the military. I typically answer, “For fortune and glory, isn’t that why everyone joined?” My response usually gets a little chuckle, which lasts long enough for me to change the subject. I change the subject because I don’t believe…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted October 16, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Templeton Foundation winner and former British Navy serviceman Jean Vanier has a heart for the disabled and those with developmental disabilities.  People like him should motivate us to examine our own hearts.  As Vanier puts it, “At the heart of who…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted December 11, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Jason Knudeson

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community In the small book entitled “Ruth” in the Hebrew scriptures we can read about how an “outsider” and “foreigner” is welcomed into a new community of faith. This great story is a powerful reminder that God is not confined to a…

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You can go far with Air Force’s LEAP

Posted March 18, 2016 by Maj. Tomoyuki Ono

As a member of the Language Enabled Airmen Program, I had the opportunity to support the first-ever Pacific Partner Nation Silver Flag exercise at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, last month as part of a two-week TDY.

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