Commentary

Adapt and overcome

Posted April 14, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer

PEORIA, Ill. (AFNS) —  My firstborn child recently turned 2 months old. Amidst the irresistible joy of having a new little buddy, I look back over these last eight weeks and wonder how my spouse and I survived. I am a writer, but there are no words I can find adequate enough to describe the…

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Fighting for freedom costly

Posted December 4, 2015 by by Master Sgt. ROBERT BOGIE

This past Veterans Day, I found it heartwarming and enlightening to feel the support from the local community, all the way from young children at schools to World War II veterans. I also heard the perspectives of what freedom meant to many of them. The younger children explained freedom to them as being able to…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted March 17, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Capt.) James Lanford

One summer’s day, a grasshopper was enjoying the beautify day. He hopped about the fields and hills, singing and chirping to his heart’s content. Not long into the day an ant passed by his way, busy at work gathering food. Seeing the ant hard at work, the grasshopper implored the ant to come and play…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted September 1, 2016 by Chaplain (1st Lt.) Derek VanderMolen

“You have to be willing to do more than the minimum. You have to be willing to sacrifice your rest and your free time to constantly improve.” ~Retired Lt. Cmdr. Rorke Denver As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by, and obsessed with, the special operations units in our military. Recently I…

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Ownership of work responsibilities reaps return

Posted December 10, 2015 by by Master Sgt. SHANE CUMMINS

Let’s look at the process of buying, owning and passing on a vehicle to a dependent. Typically you start by researching it from top to bottom. Next, you find the vehicle you like on a car lot and do a thorough once-over looking for any issues. After purchasing it, you ensure it will stand the…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … December 18, 2015

Posted December 17, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” ~ Andy Rooney Andy Rooney poignantly describes what many families experience each year. He highlights what parents understand all too well – the reality that childhood is fleeting, that…

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Are you getting the full experience?

Posted January 29, 2016 by Master Sgt. IDA BUSHEY

Master Sgt. Ida Bushey One role I have as a career assistance advisor is to assist Airmen interested in retraining from their current career field or Air Force specialty code. I often ask them, “Why do you want to retrain to another career?” The answers vary from, “I don’t like the people I work with,”…

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It’s all about the hooks

Posted March 3, 2017 by Commentary and photo by Master Sgt. Benjamin Wilson

SOUTHWEST ASIA — High above Mosul, Iraq, a fighter pilot arrives on station. Now within 20 nautical miles of the target, the pilot arms the weapons on board and checks in with a joint terminal attack controller, identifying the call sign, position and combat load of munitions. The pilot can see explosions, small arms fire…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … I don’t know what to say

Posted June 2, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Have you ever felt like that? You face a dilemma or circumstance that leaves you without words to say? You face a leadership challenge that stresses you seemingly beyond your limits and you just don’t know what to say. Sometimes as a speaker/preacher/chaplain I encounter dry spells and I just don’t know what to say….

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My brat makes me proud

Posted June 2, 2017 by by Staff Sgt. HEATHER HEINEY

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Parents worry; it’s just what we do. We worry our child will get hurt. We worry we aren’t making the right decisions for them. We worry they’ve become irrevocably addicted to their iPad and that they really shouldn’t spend so much time watching videos of a 5-year-old millionaire open…

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