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Life is a journey

Posted January 24, 2014 by Master Sgt. Cecil L. Tonguet

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea-Air Combat Command defines the spiritual pillar as strengthening a set of beliefs, principles or values that sustain an individual’s sense of well-being and purpose. The Air Force initially fueled my sense of purpose and gave me a foundation. For many years the simple act of wearing the uniform and…

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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 – Difficult times have a way of refining our lives. U.S. Navy Capt. Jerry Coffee, a former Navy POW at the Hanoi Hilton made the following statement about the choice to make the most of the infamous prison camp in Vietnam:…

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Building a caring community

Posted January 17, 2014 by Nancy Koch-Castillo and Edwards Helping Agencies

As we sat there in the Justin Room on Dec. 30 at 1 p.m., preparing to brief the last Community Action Information Board for 2013 to base leaders, Col. Daniel Daetz, 412th Test Wing vice commander, began the discussion by asking a question, “What do you like about Edwards?” One individual answered the beautiful sunsets,…

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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 In the 1920s English Judge Lord Moulton wrote this: “The greatness of a nation, its true civilization, is measured by the extent of its obedience to the unenforceable.” Our nation has more laws than ever before and yet we are no…

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Stepping Forward

Posted January 10, 2014 by Lt. Col. Chad Nichols

Recently I came across an interesting quote from Admiral Togo Heihachiro, Commander of the Japanese Fleet during the Battle of Tsushima in 1905: “If your sword is too short, take one step forward.” Given the environment of reduced budgets, fiscal challenges and potential manpower shortages facing the Air Force, this quote struck me as relevant…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

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- Take time to reflect on this quote from pastor and speaker Paul Tripp. “When I was a child I overheard a drunken man saying perverse things about the women around him. Later my mother said to me, ‘There is nothing that comes out of the mouth of a drunk that wasn’t there in the…

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Resilience = optimism

Posted January 10, 2014 by Nancy Koch-Castillo

Now that we have entered a New Year what goals do you dare to achieve? What kind of attitude will you portray? Most of you have heard 90 percent of what we accomplish in life is based on our attitudes. Acknowledging your future endeavors coincides with resilience, which involves being adaptable, flexible and intelligent. Your…

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I was determined to live

Posted January 10, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Samantha Saulsbury

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.†-†I don’t mean “the parachute opened in just the knick of time as I plummeted to the Earth” kind of save. I was failing college classes and getting into trouble. I didn’t care if my decisions lead to jail or death. I was too busy recklessly living in the moment while…

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Holidays offer a time for reflection

Posted December 20, 2013 by Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger

As the holidays approach, it’s a fitting time to reflect on the past year. With all of the budget cuts/uncertainties and the corresponding furloughs and recent force management announcements, 2013 was a year filled with many challenges. It was also a year filled with many successes. Through the extraordinary determination and dedication of each and…

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Holiday message from 412th TW CC

Posted December 20, 2013 by Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer

Team, The holidays are finally upon us and I’d like to take this time to express my deepest gratitude and commend all of you for your hard work, successes and patience. 2013 was busy and challenging for the 412th Test Wing and I am amazed at all the accomplishments we have made through all the…

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