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Spiritual Fitness: Finding your ‘happy place’

Posted January 24, 2014 by 1st Lt. Scott T. Engman

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska†-†Spiritual fitness is a component of CAF that is often overlooked by the average Airman. Why? Because it isn’t as up front and easy to understand or exercise as the other pillars. Physical fitness is simple, hit the gym and eat healthily. Social fitness is all about developing healthy relationships with others….

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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 – The movie “Noah” staring Russell Crowe has attracted friend and foe alike. One reporter highlighted something interesting about the director Darren Aronofsky’s thought process in making the movie.  ”When he first heard the story of Noah as a child, Aronofsky…

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Meeting veteran helped me feel connection with grandfather

Posted July 11, 2014 by Senior Airman Sarah Hall-Kirchner

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sarah Hall-Kirchner Dale VanBlair, World War II veteran, addresses the crowd that honored him for his 93rd birthday in Belleville, Illinois, June 17. VanBlair thanked everyone for coming to his birthday party and told them that it felt amazing to be appreciated. SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.†-†Twenty-five B-24…

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Protecting your family’s critical information

Posted May 11, 2012 by by Ryan Finnegan

Vacation and permanent change of station time is quickly drawling upon us once again. As the weather warms up and kids are getting ready to get out of school, many of us will be leaving the area, some for good. With that being said, it is important to remember to practice good family Operational Security….

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Status Quo

Posted October 26, 2012 by Maj. Brian Sporysz

We have all heard it from somebody or been the person to say, “But, that’s the way we’ve always done it.” Why is that? Is it because it is easier to go with the status quo than try to invoke change? I believe the thought of change tends to scare people. People fear trying something…

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Physical fitness: Struggle between mind, body, pain

Posted January 18, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Jared Trimarchi

Losing weight isn’t easy. It took almost five months to accomplish my goal of losing 40 pounds. I am physically average, but mentally I am tough. To lose the weight, I motivated myself after I experienced a humiliating personal setback. I was serving in a position my old eating habits did not support. In June…

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Memorial Day a time to reflect on service and sacrifice

Posted May 24, 2013 by Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger

Throughout my Air Force career, I’ve often reflected on what it means to serve. I’m proud of the work we do and the sacrifices we make every day so all Americans can continue to enjoy our many freedoms. However, each Memorial Day I am sharply reminded of just how great the sacrifice is for some….

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Get to know your Airmen

Posted August 23, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Anthony Hyatt

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C.†-†”It all starts with great NCOs and great supervisors who understand every Airman does have a story,” said the general. A part of taking care of people is knowing their stories. “Learn their stories. I am absolutely convinced that if we knew each other better, we would care for each other more,”…

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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 – Have you ever tried to write with your opposite hand?  It’s not easy and feels uncomfortable.  You wouldn’t think of switching unless you broke your dominant hand and then had no choice but to switch. The switch of course would…

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Suicide prevention rests on everyone’s shoulders

Posted February 21, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Deante Brooks

At approximately 5:08 p.m., Dec. 30, 2013, I was checking my Facebook messages and I noticed an alarming post from an Airman I knew, stating “F*** life, I’m tired of trying.” At that point, I began to read her previous posts. There was a lot of troubling information in them that led me to believe…

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