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Volunteerism affects positive change

Posted December 4, 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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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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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted October 23, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community As stated previously, Templeton Foundation winner and former British Navy serviceman Jean Vanier has a heart for the disabled and those with developmental disabilities. He maintains that “the intellectually-disabled don’t pretend to love others for what they do. That’s their gift…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted January 8, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) Jason Knudeson

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community The chapter for 2015 has now been closed. Some of us will view last year as a success, some of us may not. Gen. George Patton once said, “I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how…

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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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What motivates you?

Posted November 25, 2015 by Col. Kirsten Benford

Motivation is an idea that is used to explain behavior. It is the reason for people’s actions, desires and needs. What motivates you? Is it a pay raise, promotion, family or friends? When I applied for an ROTC scholarship back in the early 1980s, my motivation was monetary. I needed money for college. Many of…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted December 18, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Jason Knudeson

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Leo Tolstoy, whose writings had a profound impact on such pivotal 20th century figures as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote, “If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.” This next week, especially in the midst of the…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted November 25, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Medical researchers use rats to test addictive qualities of illegal drugs.  Many of those tests had the rats isolated.  A recent article pointed out “Medical Researcher Bruce Alexander wondered if the rats would behave differently if they weren’t isolated and bored….

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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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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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