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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted April 1, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

Downtown, you may see signs at local churches proclaiming today, April 1, as “National Atheists’ Day.” These are based on a scriptural text from the Judeo/Christian tradition that states, “The fool says in heart, ‘there is no God …’” They think it is “funny.” Your Wing Chaplain thinks it is disrespectful. As Airmen we come…

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Separated but not alone

Posted July 31, 2015 by by Senior Airman Lauren-Taylor Levin

As the dawn broke out over the mountains, I woke up to the sun peeping through my window. Once I got up I went straight to the kitchen to make my family breakfast yet in the back of my mind, all I could think about was, “how am I going to manage taking care of…

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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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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 December 4, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Jason Knudeson

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Adam McHugh wants us to know that our God is also a God who hears. We should not mistake divine silence for disinterest. “Listening begins when we learn that our heavenly Father listens to us,” writes McHugh. “The pattern of human…

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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 April 15, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

Listening is such a precious gift. Do you know that the good Lord loves to listen? The famous comedienne Lily Tomlin said, “Why is it that when we talk to God we are said to be praying, and when God talks to us we are said to be schizophrenic?” Prayer is designed to be a…

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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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The 2016 election year is here

Posted February 5, 2016 by Kenji Thuloweit

Donald Trump vs. Ted Cruz! Marco Rubio vs. Jeb Bush! Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders and, you know, that other guy! Forget the Super Bowl for a second, we’re about to see the Super Bowl of election years! I can’t remember an election season with so many televised debates and candidates. The drama, the excitement,…

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‘Under Pressure’

Posted February 26, 2016 by Lt. Col. Mark Reynolds

We saw 2016 begin with the loss of rock-n-roll legend David Bowie, and while listening to my satellite radio’s “Bowie tribute” last month I was inspired to title my article after one of his hit songs. I find it particularly relevant because everyone, whether yourself, co-worker, family member, or the person waiting next to you…

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