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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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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted November 13, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community The late Chuck Colson was known as President Nixon’s “hatchet man” and served time in prison for his failures. He is now better known for his work with prison ministry and worldview thinking. He used to ask four “ultimate” or “worldview”…

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Make a difference

Posted January 22, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Mike Heath

Will you make a difference in someone else’s life today? We have all heard someone say, “Take care of your people and their families.” Have you ever stopped to think why we hear this so often? As Airmen, our number one responsibility is to accomplish the mission. However, without smart, dedicated, hard-working people and the…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted November 20, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Your purpose in life does matter.  So how do you determine purpose?  Think about a stove; what is its purpose? To cook. Who determines that purpose? The designer who wants to meet a need. Questions about human purpose should be answered…

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An open letter to my peers – ‘The in-house recruiter’

Posted October 16, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Tarshishcia J.S. Aiken

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M.–I’ll never forget the first time my Air Force pride shot through the roof of my heart. It wasn’t upon graduating basic training; that was more of a weight lifted relief. It wasn’t the first time I saw an F-22 Raptor take off, and it wasn’t when I, as a young…

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Leading the way: A spark to start a fire

Posted December 11, 2015 by Senior Master Sgt. Michael Roxberry

As a leader, do not let your ego get in the way.  Stand tall, but not above everyone else.  Do not tell people what to do, show them.  Showing them is what leading is all about.  When you show them, you are creating that spark.  Much like a fire, it all starts with a small…

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Touched by suicide

Posted November 13, 2015 by Dr. David Smith

So I thought I knew who was touched by suicide. I thought it was friends and family, co-workers, supervisory chain and those things that I think make sense; but I have learned it can be broader and lasting. I was touched by suicide a few years ago. Not family, not friend, not in the chain of…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted January 29, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) Jason Knudeson

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community As I am typing this, our National Anthem is playing, and I am remembering a scene at a previous assignment when I witnessed three officers rendering the courtesies to the flag at the end of the day. These three men were…

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