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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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Innovation: Fad or Foundation?

Posted April 12, 2019 by Maj. Gen. Carl Schaefer Deputy commander,

“Innovation.” The word rolls off virtually every senior leader’s tongue. Your supervisors may have asked, “How are you innovating? How are we spending Air Force innovation funds? Has our organization connected with AFWERX? What are your teams doing to innovate?”

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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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Dealing with holiday stress

Posted December 4, 2015 by Capt. Jerry Novack

It’s that time of year again. All things pumpkin spice become all things peppermint; television networks start showing nostalgic, holiday-themed movies; in northwest Florida, we complain about cold weather while the rest of the country actually deals with winter; and I write the holiday stress mental health message. My challenge, of course, is to write…

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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 March 18, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Jerry Bridges, whose book, “The Pursuit of Holiness,” sold more than a million copies, said, “Lord, I am willing To receive what You give. To lack what You withhold. To relinquish what You take, To suffer what You inflict, To be…

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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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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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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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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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