Commentary

Volunteerism affects positive change

Posted May 5, 2016 by by Lt. Col. STEPHEN SIMKO

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — 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…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted May 5, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

“I do not want followers who are righteous; rather I want followers who are too busy doing good that they won’t have time to do bad.” ~ Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk Nineteenth century Hasidic Rabbi Menachem Mendel’s words remind us that righteousness is not won by trying to be righteous. Rather it is something…

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Finding strength, resiliency through Air Force family

Posted May 5, 2016 by by Airman 1st Class CHRISTOPHER THORNBURY

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. — I joined the military to provide for my family, but I never expected the challenges my family would face and how we would evolve. When I enlisted in the Air Force, I joined another family without intent. This family has been with me ever since, especially during my family’s…

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Introspection spurs us to be better

Posted April 28, 2016 by by Chief Master Sgt. JACK JOHNSON Jr.

NORFOLK, Va. — We are all created different. We think differently, perceive things differently and interpret success and failure through very different lenses. At each person’s unique period in life, he begins to look back, wondering if he truly made a difference. For many, that difference can only be defined by one’s self, regardless of…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted April 28, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Earlier this month I attended the Air Force Chaplain Corps Summit. The chaplain summit is the annual gathering of Air Force, major command and wing-level chaplain corps leaders to hear from Air Force leadership, review the needs of the force and determine ways to meet those needs, from our perspective as providers of spiritual care….

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Analyzing failure, realizing success, who owns it?

Posted April 28, 2016 by by Col. RYAN SAMUELSON

Editor’s note: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Air Force, Defense Department or the U.S. Government. AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — “We have an issue. I’ll call him in and figure out why he failed to…,” said…

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Commentary

Know your part, do your part

Posted April 21, 2016 by by LORINDA PIRRIE

PETERSON AIR FORCE AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Working in the field of sexual assault prevention and response, it’s presumable that I think about the subject more frequently than the average person. As such, my children have been subjected to a plethora of discussions regarding risk reduction and effective bystander intervention — far too many…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … The Pillar of Spirituality

Posted April 21, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain 1st Lt Derek C. VanderMolen

We all talk to ourselves, don’t we? Someone once quipped: “That is because we like the answers we get.” Funny as that might be (it is true enough), there is more to this phenomenon than that. More often than not, what we are really doing is talking with God, aren’t we? Time and again, this…

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‘Cost’ of job includes what doesn’t get done

Posted April 21, 2016 by by Lt. Col. TIM PURCELL

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — My 5-year-old son recently lost his first tooth and was ecstatic to buy something with the money he received from the tooth fairy. A couple days later, he counted out a few dollars from his piggy bank and asked if we could go to the store to buy a…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … April 15, 2016

Posted April 14, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain 1st Lt Derek C. VanderMolen

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” ~Maya Angelou We live in a fast-paced world.  As airmen we operate in a competitive environment where high performance and expertise is required both for mission accomplishment and for career development.  The older I get, as family and work…

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