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My educational journey: I signed up

Posted November 1, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Gabriel Acevedo

While I did not regard learning as my highest priority early on in my life, the pursuit of education has dominated the greater part of it. My educational journey includes training experiences as well as formal and informal education. My mother was big on higher education and I observed her putting in hard work into…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted November 1, 2013 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Change for the better is something most people desire (but without much effort).  What does real change look like?  One person stated that the evidence for changed hearts in people is that they then become instruments of heart-change in others….

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Note to breast cancer: ‘I am not your victim’

Posted October 25, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Russ Scalf

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Russ Scalf Capt. Candice Adams and her fiance Maj. Ryan Ismirle say their goodbyes before Adams is taken to surgery for a bilateral mastectomy on May 5, 2011. I’m sure by now most people don’t need to be reminded that October is breast cancer awareness month. How could you…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted October 25, 2013 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Snacks are not meals.  Snacks may see you through a hungry afternoon but it will not sustain you for days on end.  It should be obvious that humans need regular meals to stay healthy.  The same is true for reading…

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Thin line

Posted October 18, 2013 by Jen Housholder

Courtesy photograph Army Chief Warrant Officer Two Jen Housholder stands in front of a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. Housholder works as an engineer in the 775th Test Squadron along with serving in the Army Reserve. Just months before leaving for my second deployment with the Army in 2008 as a UH-60 pilot, I reached the peak…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted October 18, 2013 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – The ancient philosopher Aristotle developed a list of virtues that would help leaders rightly conduct themselves in the exercise of their offices and help people find happiness (to include courage, temperance, justice, and prudence).  Jesus introduced the concept of self-denial…

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To serve with honor

Posted October 11, 2013 by Airman 1st Class John Nieves Camacho

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Nieves Camacho Airman 1st Class John Nieves Camacho, 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, recently completed a three-month commitment to the 4th FW Honor Guard. Honor guardsmen primarily perform military honors at official base functions and Service memberís funerals. “FIRING PARTY! TENCH HUT! READUP HACE! … Not quite…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted October 11, 2013 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Is the church a fortress to protect its people or refuge for all those who would come to find peace and rest?  Maybe it should do both.  Regardless, we should reflect on how we treat people who walk through the…

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Leadership lesson: My biggest mistake as an NCO

Posted October 4, 2013 by Command Chief Master Sgt. David Duncan

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. – What was the most important leadership lesson you learned during your career? This question has been asked of me quite a few times as I get the awesome opportunity to speak with our Airmen around base. I have been asked this question from such groups as the First-Term…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Do you ever wonder why God didn’t make things easier and run everything himself?  Here is one person’s take on the issue.  ”The royal and priestly vocation of all human beings, it seems, consists in this: to stand at the…

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