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Chaplain’s thoughts … Enjoy the moment …

Posted November 4, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

There is a four-foot high Lego tower on my kitchen counter. There are toy cars, small shoes, stuffed animals and a host of other things that were previously neatly put away scattered about my living room. There’s a pack-and-play thingy in the guest bedroom, sippy cups in the dish rack and jars of baby food…

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Solo student handles in-flight emergency

Posted November 4, 2016 by by DEBORAH LEUTHOLD with PHIL CORBELL

A Buckeye, Arizona, man maintained calm while following his training when he responded to an in-flight emergency that resulted in a safe landing of the airplane with no damage to pilot or aircraft. Nick Sherman, 18, took off from Glendale Municipal Airport during a training solo and was not expecting to deal with a broken…

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Absentee voter tips for military members

Posted September 28, 2016 by

DOD photograph Members of the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team pass on the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s message for U.S. military and overseas citizens to submit their absentee ballots in time for the upcoming general election. With less than two months until the general election on Nov. 8, absentee voters are beginning to receive their…

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Calling all millennials: Fight for your reputation

Posted September 1, 2016 by Story and graphic by Senior Airman CHIP PONS

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, RANDOLPH, Texas — As the debate over a massive generational gap within the military becomes more prevalent, members within different generational groups should pause and consider what each contributes to mission success, rather than what makes one better than the other. Yes, I am technically a millennial; however, I am so…

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What does TFI mean for Luke?

Posted September 1, 2016 by by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — With talk of manning at only 80 percent across the entire Air Force, having to do more with less sounds like a daunting task, but with Total Force Integration, it doesn’t have to be. The 944th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base is integrating with active-duty units to…

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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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Embrace diversity: Lead from front

Posted August 4, 2016 by by Col. GREG GILMOUR

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — Often times when we hear terms like diversity and inclusion, we think of them more as buzz words or a way to hold someone accountable for not doing the right thing. However, what does diversity actually mean to us in the Air Force? To me, it’s simple: place the right…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted August 4, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler,

Comprehensive Airmen Fitness — lessons from Fido I have a confession to make. I am not an animal lover. I am really more of an “animal tolerater,” to coin a phrase. Oh sure, I have fond memories from childhood of Barron our dachshund, Lady our collie, and Littlebit the mutt-puppy I found and carried home…

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Ending silence opens door to triumph over abuse

Posted August 4, 2016 by

Editor’s note: The author’s name was redacted to protect the person’s identity. ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — I’m tired of the sound of silence. At a recent Green Dot leadership training session, I was asked to write down on a piece of paper an action I would do as a leader to help implement…

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Living with mental illness

Posted June 30, 2016 by by Capt. DONALD WILLIAMS

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — Defective. Weak. Soft. Broken. Crazy. Compromised. Unfit. Career-ending. These are just some of the words that people may associate with mental illness. Sadly, the sentiment behind labels like these can act as a barrier to help-seeking for many who face challenges in their lives. A further hindrance to those…

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