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Chaplain thoughts

Posted November 1, 2013 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barnes

“In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” — Anne Frank While traveling, Joe bought a small bag of cookies from the airport snack shop. He found his gate, sat down and took his laptop out of his backpack. A little while later a gentleman came and sat down…

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Fly Over: ‘12 Years a Slave’, and ‘Carrie’

Posted November 1, 2013 by Tristan Hinderliter and Macario Mora

In theaters: ’12 Years a Slave’ “12 Years a Slave,” directed by Steve McQueen, is one of those movies I’m glad I saw, but wouldn’t necessarily want to see again anytime soon. The film is based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, a free black man from the north who was kidnapped and sold into…

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Airman’s Creed: What does it mean?

Posted October 25, 2013 by Master Sgt. BRIAN LYNCH

We have all found ourselves standing at promotion ceremonies and other military functions where we as a group recite the Airman’s Creed. But why do we say the Airman’s Creed? Better yet, what does it mean? To understand the why, we need to understand what a creed is. A creed is a system of guiding…

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Lead with passion

Posted October 25, 2013 by Staff Sgt. MATTHEW JEFFERYS

There are many avenues that individuals may take in order to lead their flock in a desired direction. However, not all paths create the same anticipated effect. We have all heard of the “21 Qualities of a Leader” or “The Pathway to Leadership,” and they both have similar suggested attributes to becoming a successful leader….

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Preventing domestic violence up to all

Posted October 25, 2013 by LEANA TORRES

In 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence observed the first “Day of Unity” to promote the connection of battered women with advocates across the country working toward ending violence against women and children. It was from this event that the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved in October 1987. This month we observe Domestic…

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Posted October 25, 2013 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns,

“I took a hard look at what’s smart and what’s stupid. I did see that it’s better to be smart than stupid, just as light is better than darkness (paraphrased).” ~King Solomon There was once a merchant who wished to sell fish heads to a customer and told him that fish heads are great brain…

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Fly Over: ‘Captain Phillips’, and ‘Machete Kills’

Posted October 25, 2013 by Jayson Burns and Macario Mora

‘Captain Phillips’ Remember when Tom Hanks could act? Well, thanks to his most recent effort, it appears he’s back. “Captain Phillips” is the retelling of the true-life events of a 2009 Somali hijacking of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship off the Somali coast. The recent history captured the public’s attention for the duration of Phillips’…

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Mentoring without mentoring

Posted October 18, 2013 by Lt. Col. SHAMSHER MANN

It seems that about every other week, there is a new article about leadership in the Thunderbolt expressing myriad theories and pet practices that the author has found successful to use. Frankly, I believe that leadership is much simpler than we in the military make it out to be at times. I do not have…

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Airman trains for core-value experiences

Posted October 18, 2013 by Staff Sgt. LUIS SIMPSON

It was 3:30 a.m. and the temperature outside my armored truck was zero degrees Fahrenheit and the snow was coming down hard. I watched a figure on my thermal imager walk across the Polish-controlled forward operating base Ghazni, Afghanistan, and I thought to myself, “Who would be crazy enough to be out for a stroll…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted October 18, 2013 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns

“What we are finding is that religious involvement seems to be an unintended consequence, not the goal of people who become religious.” — Dr. Harold Koenig You’ve heard the saying, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away,” but can prayer keep the doctor away? Dr. Harold Koenig, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at…

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