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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted October 22, 2015 by Courtesy of Fr. Ronald Metha

Quite regularly, Luke Air Force Base has a base-wide exercise. It’s a time when the security of the base and its people are tested. It’s a time that helps us all prepare for any potential disaster no matter its source. Each of us faces spiritual disasters in our lives, too, don’t we? There are times…

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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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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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Pride, professionalism, passion core to ethical maturity

Posted December 10, 2015 by by Master Sgt. JAVIER GONZALEZ

We are asked to internalize the Air Force core values from the onset of our careers. And as we progress through the ranks, despite what life puts in our path, we are reminded to not only internalize them, but epitomize them. Regardless of your status as a basic trainee or chief master sergeant, we have…

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Asking for help sign of strength not weakness

Posted December 1, 2017 by by Maj. Gen. MARK BROWN

Growing up I was a big fan of Muhammad Ali. He was the world heavyweight-boxing champion and unashamedly referred to himself as “The Greatest.” I vividly remember a reporter asking Ali, “When did you know that you were ‘The Greatest?’” Before Ali could answer, the reporter offered, “Perhaps it was when you knocked out George…

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10 characteristics describe servant leader

Posted November 19, 2015 by by Master Sgt. AARON MILLER

Servant leader is a phrase that was first used by Robert K. Greenleaf in 1970 in an essay he wrote titled “The Servant as Leader.” In this essay, he described the concept as, “The servant leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious…

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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 … December 4, 2015

Posted December 3, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

A letter to parents of Airmen Through the years I, as a chaplain, have received numerous phone calls from parents who were concerned about their sons or daughters. Perhaps a grandparent had died, or a relationship had ended or perhaps they sensed that their child was beginning to make bad decisions. Whatever the reason, they…

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‘I really shouldn’t be here’

Posted July 6, 2018 by by Capt. DAVID LIAPIS

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Jan. 31, 2015. FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — A couple of feet and a half a second. These may seem like insignificant measurements; but when combined with fatigue, a couple of feet almost cost me my career, and that half a second almost ended my life. There…

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Put the “I” in Airman

Posted October 2, 2015 by by Master Sgt. CHARLES LOFTUS

It is often spoken that each one of us is important to our mission. It may seem cliché when you hear it, but think about the impact of that statement. I am one of many master sergeants on this base, and the same can be said for any rank. So how is it that so…

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