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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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Mentoring evolves with new ideas, methods

Posted January 21, 2016 by by Master Sgt. ANTONIO MONTGOMERY

What does it mean to be a mentor this day and age? A few years ago, it held the meaning of having an experienced individual take you under his wing and guide or assist you when you came to new crossroads in life. Although this view has not changed much over the years, new techniques…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted April 7, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Blessed by a touch It was a chapel event, not unlike other chapel events in that it featured food as a part of the festivities. During the meal I greeted a couple from our congregation. They were enjoying their meal, and as I passed behind them I leaned over, placed my hands on their shoulders,…

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Lead the way: Be the spark to set fire

Posted November 12, 2015 by by Senior Master Sgt. MICHAEL ROXBERRY

As a leader, do not let your ego get in the way. Stand tall, but not above everyone else. Do not tell people what to do, show them. Showing them is what leading is all about. When you show them, you are creating that spark. Much like a fire, it all starts with a small…

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Pride, professionalism, passion key to moral development

Posted February 11, 2016 by by Senior Master Sgt. JAVIER GONZALEZ

“There has never been a generation of servicemen and women so praised and appreciated as today’s warfighters.” — Senior Master Sgt.  Javier Gonzalez We are asked to internalize the Air Force core values from the onset of our careers and as we progress throughout the ranks. Despite what life puts in your path, we are…

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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 …

Posted October 2, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

What’s on your bucket list? Two weeks ago I went on a chapel sponsored event to the Grand Canyon with Airmen from several bases. It was an inspiring event, and I particularly enjoyed making a trek into the canyon. I chose to turn around at the 1.5 mile mark — a decision I did not…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … September 11, 2015

Posted September 11, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Air Force life, indeed life in general, and religion have this in common — they are influenced and sustained by the use of symbols. Consider the symbols that mark our lives as Airmen. Our duty badges identify what we do, our unit seals identify which squadron we work in, and we have RMOs in our…

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For want of a nail

Posted March 3, 2016 by by Lt. Col. MICHAEL DUNN

A centuries old proverb states, “For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the battle was lost. For the failure of battle the kingdom was lost all for the want of a horse-shoe nail.” While in the modern Air Force…

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The “It’s not my problem” is a problem

Posted October 22, 2015 by by Tech. Sgt. JOSEPH SLAUGHTER

In an Air Force where being a leader at all levels is highly encouraged, it is becoming increasingly disturbing to me that people just do not seem to care. They are so focused on their particular area of responsibility, that when something new or unknown arises, they routinely brush it off as “not my problem.”…

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