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Coping with PTSD

Posted October 30, 2015 by Shannon Collins

As a disabled Air Force veteran living with post-traumatic stress from military sexual trauma, I’ve had my good days and bad days but all of my hard work over the past two years paid off when I recently achieved one of my goals — completing my first full marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon. I had…

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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 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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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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Never underestimate your impact

Posted August 28, 2015 by by Chief Master Sgt. Zachary Capogna

Every day I visit our great Airmen and every day I come across more than one that underestimates their impact to the mission. There’s the one-stripe maintainer, “just repaneling an aircraft,” for the next day’s flight, or the young personalist, “just issuing another identification card,” or the defender, “just guarding the gate.” The list could…

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ALS: Rediscovering the profession of arms

Posted October 9, 2015 by Senior Airman Katrina M. Brisbin

When thinking about Airman Leadership School, what thoughts come to mind?

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There’s always a cost

Posted April 15, 2016 by Lt. Col. Tim Purcell

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.–My 5-year-old son recently lost his first tooth and was ecstatic to buy something with the money he received from the tooth fairy. A couple days later, he counted out a few dollars from his piggy bank and asked if we could go to the store to buy a toy. On…

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To be a better Airman, be a brave lobster

Posted March 25, 2016 by Master Sgt. Brian Jennings

While on the Internet recently, I came across two videos I think illustrate important lessons for every Airman.  The first video was of a speech by Dr. Ken Robinson. Robinson, an educator and author, told this great story about his son’s school nativity. Most of us are familiar with the nativity and the wise men…

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You can go far with Air Force’s LEAP

Posted March 18, 2016 by Maj. Tomoyuki Ono

As a member of the Language Enabled Airmen Program, I had the opportunity to support the first-ever Pacific Partner Nation Silver Flag exercise at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, last month as part of a two-week TDY.

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted February 12, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community George Washington once said, “I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” Maintaining that character takes both firmness and virtue to make the…

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