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Chaplain thoughts

Posted June 7, 2013 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns,

“There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.” ~ Clare Booth Luce, 20th century American congresswoman/playwright Hopelessness among today’s service members continues to make headlines with ever increasing suicide rates. However, for every suicide there are countless others who feel hopeless. Two things we should remember: The first is…

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Deploying on dime demands readiness

Posted May 31, 2013 by Lt. Col. Christopher Colcord

Our nation’s readiness has never been tested like it will be in the remainder of the fiscal year. Our Air Force has squadrons standing down and our readiness, despite global tensions being on the rise, will suffer in the coming months. Luke Air Force Base Airmen need to be ready to deploy in support of…

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Setting goal, staying course reap reward

Posted May 31, 2013 by Master Sgt. Ida Bushey

I have always enjoyed running. In elementary school, I won countless field-day blue ribbons for fastest runner. In high school I ran track and cross country. Cross country quickly became my favorite. I was extremely excited when the U.S. Air Force did away with the bike test and started the 1.5 mile run to measure…

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Fly Over: ‘The Hangover III’, and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

Posted May 31, 2013 by by Macario Mora

In theaters: ‘The Hangover III’ The Wolfpack is back, and unfortunately they have nothing new to offer. Granted, I didn’t think the first movie “The Hangover” was really that great – though I’m told it was. The sequel was worse. The third and final film “The Hangover III” falls right in the middle. The boys…

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Followership key to being a leader

Posted May 17, 2013 by Lt. Col. James Blackman

Maybe you played “follow the leader” at school during recess or in some neighbor’s yard down the street. It’s a fun game, requires no expensive equipment and can be played indoors or outdoors – just about anywhere. But the game only works if you actually follow the leader, and everyone else in line, well ……

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Positive attitude leads to success

Posted May 17, 2013 by Master Sgt. Corey Quinn

Everyone wants to be successful, and there are many books, internet tests, and programs people try to market and sell to guarantee that success. But, I believe your success is greatly dependent on your attitude. So, what is attitude? Attitude is defined as manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing;…

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MWD team takes training downrange

Posted May 17, 2013 by Senior Airman DAVID OWSIANKA

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Steven Bruner, 56th Security Forces Squadron kennel master, and Chrach, 56th SFS military working dog, pose in front of a Polaris Ranger vehicle in Herat Province, Afghanistan, during a deployment with an Army Special Operations Task Force West unit. The MWD team received a Bronze Star Medal for actions during their…

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Fly Over: ‘When in Doubt’, and ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’

Posted May 17, 2013 by Christine Tuler and Macario Mora

In bookstores: ‘When in Doubt’ My female hormones sometimes hijack my body. On one such occasion, I decided to read “When in Doubt, Add Butter” by Beth Harbison. The novel was like romantic crack, laden with optimism and romantic sweetness. It satisfied my hormones but left a bad taste in my soul, momentarily tricking me…

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CONS: Who we are, what we do

Posted May 10, 2013 by Maj. QUOC-NAM NGUYEN

When people ask me what my job is in the Air Force, I tell them contracting. The typical response is, “You’re a contractor?” Then, I have to explain that I am not a contractor but actually an active-duty Air Force officer who has been given the authority to spend taxpayer dollars in order to keep…

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Motivation: Starts with a goal

Posted May 10, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. JUAN HORTA

Last week when I visited family in California, my father mentioned to a family friend that I was in the Air Force. After exchanging pleasantries, he asked me how long I had been in the military, and I said, “Nine and a half years.” He fired back to me with a question that I hadn’t…

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