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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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116 Day Innovation Blitz

Posted September 19, 2018 by Brig. Gen. E. John Teichert,

In the midst of the Revolutionary War, the Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation on Nov. 15, 1777. This document, our nation’s first constitution, established the form of our federal government as we fought for and eventually won our independence. Yet, it was far from perfect.

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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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A puzzle called ‘me’

Posted January 8, 2016 by Senior Airman Shane Mitchell

U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Shane Mitchell MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho–It was early October when I entered the waiting room, and I wasn’t in the best of moods. The past two months had been the worst of my life; I made some very poor decisions and my personal, financial and professional…

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Choosing to live

Posted November 6, 2015 by an anonymous Airman

I have worked for the federal government for 13 years and in each and every one of those years, I have been through suicide awareness and prevention training. I have completed the Resiliency Training Assistant course, and I have even taught resiliency at Wingman Days. I know the toolsets to help and have a set…

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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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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 1, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) John M. Von Almen

Downtown, you may see signs at local churches proclaiming today, April 1, as “National Atheists’ Day.” These are based on a scriptural text from the Judeo/Christian tradition that states, “The fool says in heart, ‘there is no God …’” They think it is “funny.” Your Wing Chaplain thinks it is disrespectful. As Airmen we come…

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The 2016 election year is here

Posted February 5, 2016 by Kenji Thuloweit

Donald Trump vs. Ted Cruz! Marco Rubio vs. Jeb Bush! Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders and, you know, that other guy! Forget the Super Bowl for a second, we’re about to see the Super Bowl of election years! I can’t remember an election season with so many televised debates and candidates. The drama, the excitement,…

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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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