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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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Adapt and overcome

Posted April 15, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer

PEORIA, Ill.–My firstborn child recently turned 2 months old. Amidst the irresistible joy of having a new little buddy, I look back over these last eight weeks and wonder how my spouse and I survived. I am a writer, but there are no words I can find adequate enough to describe the terror of sleeplessness…

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Challenge yourself: Never give up, never quit

Posted July 17, 2015 by by Chief Master Sgt. Wendi L. McLean

I once read that newly created cells in our bodies do one of two things: they either begin to decay or they become more vital. These cells choose their path based on what we demand of them. If we are sedentary, our brains signal our cells to decay; but if we exercise, our cells get…

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Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted October 2, 2015 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O’Dowd

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community The Templeton Foundation’s winner last year was Jean Vanier, awarded for his exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension. He served in the British Royal Navy during World War II and was impacted by those with developmental disabilities. He started a…

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Big or small, time to submit innovative ideas is on the ‘horizon’

Posted October 1, 2018 by

U.S. Air Force graphic by Ed Buclatin Innovations are improvements, new concepts, or transformative ideas that can help make things run more efficiently or save time and money. Innovations can improve processes across the base, or can simply improve the way you carry out your daily tasks. The 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force…

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What the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau can do for you

Posted February 26, 2016 by

What is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a federal agency that assists financial consumers by making rules more effective, enforcing those rules, and by empowering consumers to take more control over their economic lives. The CFPB educates consumers on a wide range of financial matters in order to build a…

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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 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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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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Why traffic stops during reveille, retreat

Posted March 11, 2016 by John Turner

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont.–As the drum roll of the national anthem began on base, my guests were puzzled when I stopped our conversation mid-sentence, turned toward the music and placed my right hand over my heart. We were outdoors. Nearby, traffic on Goddard Drive lurched to a halt. After the last note faded, I…

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