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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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Absentee voter tips for military members

Posted September 28, 2016 by

DOD photograph Members of the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team pass on the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s message for U.S. military and overseas citizens to submit their absentee ballots in time for the upcoming general election. With less than two months until the general election on Nov. 8, absentee voters are beginning to receive their…

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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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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted February 19, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community The Christian season of Lent began a week and a half ago.  For Christians, Ash Wednesday began a season of fasting.  The ritual of fasting is shared by a number of religions, for example Muslims celebrate the month of Ramadan. Persons…

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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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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted March 25, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

“To everything there is a season …” Many of us are overjoyed that spring is here. The flowers are blooming and the cold of winter has passed. Spring, as a season, often provides the human spirit with feelings of hope, reminding us of the power of life. Even in the midst of the desert, we…

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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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