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A tragedy felt by many

Posted February 4, 2019 by Airman 1st Class Zoie Rider

Tragedy is a part of life. But what can make or break an individual is how they deal with such tragedies. I grew up in a very small, rural town where you either know every person or at least know of them. Dull, flickering street lamps illuminate the streets and taverns filled with the loud,…

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‘Lean forward’ to make a difference

Posted February 1, 2019 by by Col. Miguel Colón

Editor’s note: This was first published on Jan. 9, 2013, THULE AIR BASE, Greenland — How many times have you heard a soccer, baseball or football coach tell his players to lean forward? In my experience, a good coach will always provide this advice. You may wonder, what makes this advice so important in sports?…

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Does distance truly make heart grow fonder?

Posted February 1, 2019 by by Tech. Sgt. CHRISTINA STYER

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published on Feb. 11, 2013. SOUTHWEST ASIA – At home, I can barely get him to buy me a $5 bouquet of wildflowers from the grocery store, but now that I am deployed, he goes all out with hidden notes in care packages, daily emails and nightly text messages…

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New Year’s Resolution: Read about the past for the future

Posted January 18, 2019 by Tech. Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel

It’s a common refrain today: People don’t read anymore. Gone, it seems, are the days of printed newspapers, as subscriptions have steadily declined and many daily publications have disappeared. It seems all but certain that we live in an era of headlines and newsfeed snippets that offer information designed for the passing glance at phone…

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The time we saved a life

Posted December 7, 2018 by by Airman 1st Class KATRINA WALTERS

F. E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. —  As Airmen, we are constantly preparing to be ready for the worst days of our lives. We live by a fit-to-fight ethos and maintain readiness for the most extreme of emergency situations. There are times when we realize we aren’t just prepared to fight for our own…

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Effective leaders touch heart before asking for a hand

Posted December 7, 2018 by by Chief Master Sgt. ROCHELLE HEMINGWAY

Over the past few weeks, I have been involved with conversations that were mostly centered on how to deal with personnel concerns. One of the first questions I ask is how well is your relationship with said person? Do you have one? Is it cordial or is it nonexistent? Today, I wanted to share this…

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Fly, Fight, Win — war to end all wars

Posted November 2, 2018 by Lt. Col. Philip Cooper

While Memorial Day honors those who died in service to their country or later from wounds sustained during battle, Veteran’s Day is meant to honor all veterans, past and present, who served honorably in times of peace or war. So, what does Veteran’s Day mean to you?

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Celebrating National American Indian Heritage Month

Posted November 2, 2018 by Dr. ROBERT KANE

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Nov. 19, 2015. MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — During November, Americans celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month. On Nov. 11, Americans also celebrate Veterans Day. Through these two observances, Americans can celebrate not only the significant contributions of American Indians and Alaska natives to our heritage and…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted November 2, 2018 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Capt.) Derek VanderMolen,

You are what you do every day I once heard a great leader say, “You are what you do every day.” As he unpacked that phrase, I was immediately convicted of several things. First off, I was convicted how true that statement is. I realized that a number of my self-perceptions of areas of strength…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted October 4, 2018 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Maj.) Doug Hess

Why ‘Integrity First?’ As an Airman, have you ever asked yourself the question, “In our core values, why is integrity first?” Integrity is the quality of being honest, being true to one’s self. It is also about wholeness and being undivided. Integrity speaks both of one’s character and the unity of the object in question….

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