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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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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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Analyzing failure, realizing success

Posted February 5, 2016 by Col. Ryan Samuelson

“We have an issue. I’ll call him in and figure out why he failed to …” said the supervisor who walked into my office that sunny day. “Stop,” I said, “find out the facts, let me see the outcome of the mistake, and let me see if I own it before you say he failed.”…

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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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Volunteerism affects positive change

Posted November 25, 2015 by Lt. Col. Stephen A. Simko

Throughout our military careers, we often talk of being a volunteer force, a subset of our culture that has volunteered to serve our country in the profession of arms. Without disrespect to anyone currently in uniform or those that have served before me, I have always been in conflict over the military/volunteer discussions. Granted, there…

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A resolution for a lifestyle

Posted March 4, 2016 by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski

Are you one of the millions of people who started this year with a resolution to improve your life? Maybe you promised yourself that you would lose weight, fit into those old favorite jeans, or even improve your physical fitness test score. You, along with many others have done this–so how do you stick to…

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Coping with PTSD

Posted October 30, 2015 by Shannon Collins

As a disabled Air Force veteran living with post-traumatic stress from military sexual trauma, I’ve had my good days and bad days but all of my hard work over the past two years paid off when I recently achieved one of my goals — completing my first full marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon. I had…

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25 years since Desert Storm

Posted January 15, 2016 by

Jan. 17 marks the 25th anniversary of the start of Operation Desert Storm. On the morning of Aug. 2, 1990, Iraq invaded nearby Kuwait. In less than four hours, Iraqi forces occupied the capital, Kuwait City, and Iraqi president Saddam Hussein soon annexed the country as the 19th province of Iraq.

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted April 8, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

Even though I am currently enjoying sunny Southern California days, I am reminded of the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” This phrase always reminds me that hope follows the storms of life. It may be difficult to see the hope beyond current hardships, so remember that there are agenciesavailable to assist.  Don’t be afraid…

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Challenge yourself: Never give up, never quit

Posted August 28, 2015 by by Chief Master Sgt. Wendi L. McLean

I once read that newly created cells in our bodies do one of two things: they either begin to decay or they become more vital. These cells choose their path based on what we demand of them. If we are sedentary, our brains signal our cells to decay; but if we exercise, our cells get…

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