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The gift of leadership

Posted April 24, 2015 by Master Sgt. PERCEL CRUDUP

Gen. Mark Welsh III may have said it best, “Leadership is a gift. It’s given by those who follow. You have to be worthy of it.” As the people of this nation give their children up to serve in the armed forces we as leaders need to be ready to lead them as they are…

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Have faith in Air Force system

Posted April 24, 2015 by Master Sgt. JOSHUA BURKE

Throughout our Air Force careers, we have all received extensive training covering the Air Force core values — integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. We talk about them on a daily basis in one capacity or another using them as buzz words to drive our point home or steer a…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted April 24, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns

Mercy and a Romanian MP Last year while deployed to a NATO base in Afghanistan, a Romanian military police officer stopped my chaplain assistant and me for passing a bus that had pulled off the road. He came to the window and said, “You can’t overtake bus. ID and vehicle papers, please.” Since I was…

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Fly Over: ‘R.I.P.D.’ and ‘Dark Souls II’

Posted April 24, 2015 by Marcy Copeland and James Hensley

On Netflix ‘R.I.P.D.’ R.I.P.D. stars Ryan Reynolds (Det. Sgt. Nick Walker), Kevin Bacon (Det. Lt. Bobby Hayes), Jeff Bridges (Roycephus “Roy” Pulsipher), Stephanie Szostak (Julia) and Mary-Louise Parker (R.I.P.D. Chief Mildred Proctor). Set in Boston, this movie features Nick and Bobby, two detectives who discover shards of gold during a drug raid and choose to…

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Planning for your future equals success

Posted April 17, 2015 by Senior Master Sgt. MYESHIA LEE

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” ~ William Arthur Ward Success does not happen accidentally, it takes detailed planning and a vision of the future. I remember the day before I left for basic military training, I tried to imagine what my future…

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Tuition assistance — a great benefit

Posted April 17, 2015 by Master Sgt. CLIFTON BERGER

In my opinion, tuition assistance is one of the best benefits that we as active-duty military members have available. During my 17 years in the Air Force, I have seen this benefit increase from 75 percent of tuition being paid to 100 percent. Additionally, most of us experienced this benefit being eliminated for a short…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted April 17, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

Last week I quoted Dr. Billy Graham who said, “Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.” We saw the necessity of forgiveness in all relationships, including personal and divine. Forgiveness allows our relationships to flourish, while a refusal to forgive brings toxicity. The second part of Dr….

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Fly Over: ‘Divergent’ and ‘NO Excuses’

Posted April 17, 2015 by Marcy Copeland and Grace Lee

On Netflix ‘Divergent’ After a devastating war that is believed to have destroyed most of the world, a sole colony has survived and thrived, safe-guarded by a giant wall encircling the city. The founders of the city created five factions in which to divide the population based on aptitude scores which determine the faction best…

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This week in history

Posted April 17, 2015 by

April 13, 1945: Raid on Eggebek Seventy years ago this week, the war in Europe was winding down. Late afternoon April 12, 1945, in Warm Springs, Georgia, President Franklin Roosevelt died. At Royal Air Force Boxted in England, the 56th Fighter Group had a training day. Since bad news travels fast, the pilots of the…

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308th FS rich history, poignant ending

Posted April 10, 2015 by Lt. Col. CHRISTOPHER BACON

After 21 years of continuous service as an F-16 Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, the 308th Fighter Squadron, recently recognized the 2014 Top Fighter Squadron in the 56th Operations Group, will close its doors this summer. Given this sad fact, it is only appropriate that this week’s Thunderbolt commentary focus on this highly…

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