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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted April 28, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Earlier this month I attended the Air Force Chaplain Corps Summit. The chaplain summit is the annual gathering of Air Force, major command and wing-level chaplain corps leaders to hear from Air Force leadership, review the needs of the force and determine ways to meet those needs, from our perspective as providers of spiritual care….

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Analyzing failure, realizing success, who owns it?

Posted April 28, 2016 by by Col. RYAN SAMUELSON

Editor’s note: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Air Force, Defense Department or the U.S. Government. AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — “We have an issue. I’ll call him in and figure out why he failed to…,” said…

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Know your part, do your part

Posted April 21, 2016 by by LORINDA PIRRIE

PETERSON AIR FORCE AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Working in the field of sexual assault prevention and response, it’s presumable that I think about the subject more frequently than the average person. As such, my children have been subjected to a plethora of discussions regarding risk reduction and effective bystander intervention — far too many…

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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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‘Cost’ of job includes what doesn’t get done

Posted April 21, 2016 by by Lt. Col. TIM PURCELL

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — My 5-year-old son recently lost his first tooth and was ecstatic to buy something with the money he received from the tooth fairy. A couple days later, he counted out a few dollars from his piggy bank and asked if we could go to the store to buy a…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … April 15, 2016

Posted April 14, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain 1st Lt Derek C. VanderMolen

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” ~Maya Angelou We live in a fast-paced world.  As airmen we operate in a competitive environment where high performance and expertise is required both for mission accomplishment and for career development.  The older I get, as family and work…

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Understanding sergeant’s words: ‘I’ve got your back’

Posted April 14, 2016 by by Chief Master Sgt. Patricia Yelverton

Seeing the newly selected staff sergeants recently brought back memories of when I was selected for staff sergeant. Actually, my thoughts went to the night I graduated Airman Leadership School. As I crossed the stage after receiving my completion certificate, my co-workers gathered to congratulate me and shake my hand. My supervisor, Staff Sgt. Todd…

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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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Be the ‘Wolf’, dive headfirst into job

Posted April 7, 2016 by by Col. ROBERT NOVOTNY

There are three meetings I attend every week, and they’re the most important meetings in my current job. The first is wing stand-up held three days a week where we cover the status of our aircrew, pararescuemen, all 81 combat aircraft, the airfield, communications and logistics. Our mission is simple — deliver precise combat power…

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Leadership lessons: Are you a team player?

Posted April 7, 2016 by by Maj. SCOTT SCHOFIELD

I was a young second lieutenant and my supervisor surprised me by asking, “Are you a team player?” on my mid-term feedback. I was mad. Things had come to a head between us after I had complained about being forced to “volunteer” at a unit fundraiser in September — by far contracting’s busiest month. Really,…

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