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Chaplain thoughts

Posted September 27, 2013 by Chaplain (Capt.) Kenya Gray

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” – Benjamin Franklin Don’t allow the world’s pressures, bitterness, jealously and anger to rob you of your happiness. It is an inside job and a state of being. Therefore, catch yourself some happiness and maintain that state. Happiness can…

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There’s value in the struggle

Posted September 20, 2013 by Lt. Col. MATT LILJENSTOLPE

I was watching a video of a motivational speech a few weeks ago and the speaker kept saying the same phrase over and over, “There’s value in the struggle.” In the weeks that have followed, I have found myself echoing those words many times. As an Air Force and a Luke Air Force Base community,…

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Determination

Posted September 20, 2013 by Senior Airman Liam Milburn

Having a goal and a road map on how to attain that goal is admirable; however, unless there is motivation to continue with that goal, it will fail. Most of us who joined the military did so with a long-term goal in mind. A common reason is the education benefits. Even with the new stipulations…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted September 20, 2013 by Chaplain (Capt.) Kevin Rash

  “I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.” – Anne Frank Having an attitude of gratitude doesn’t happen on its own. It takes intentionality to survey our lives and the world around us and see the beauty. There are many negative things that seek to cast a shadow…

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Fly Over: ‘Prisoners’, and ‘Don Jon’

Posted September 20, 2013 by Macario Mora

In theaters: ‘Prisoners’ Director Denis Villeneuve (“Incendies”) embarking on his first major Hollywood film after years as an independent filmmaker wrote a letter to the audience humbly expressing his reservations about working with big film producers, but assured the audience that if the film was a flop it was entirely on him. Well sir, you…

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Failure spurs great leaders

Posted September 13, 2013 by Maj. KEVIN MCCAUGHIN

Failing at leadership on the surface might seem to be somewhat of an oxymoron, but as we explore this phenomenon as a reality of leadership, we will discover that failing at leadership has spurred many leaders and entrepreneurs to greatness. History is replete with men and women who in spite of their failures, persevered to…

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Certainty of combat shapes thoughts

Posted September 13, 2013 by Capt. DAVID BREUER

“And through all this welter of change and development, your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable: it is to win our wars. Everything else in your professional career is but a corollary to this vital dedication. All other public purposes, all other public projects, all other public needs, great or small, will find others for their…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted September 13, 2013 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns

“Time is passing.” Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting Sept. 11, 2001.” ~George W. Bush On Nov. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush said, “Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting Sept. 11, 2001. We will remember every rescuer who died…

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Fly Over: ‘Jayden’s Revenge: A Story of an American Family’, and ‘Insidious 2’

Posted September 13, 2013 by Macario Mora and Jayson Burns

In print: ‘Jayden’s Revenge: A Story of an American Family’ Despite their length, I would argue that short stories are more difficult to write than full-fledged novels. Not that novels are easy (believe me …), but short stories are constrained by their general need to be self-contained, focused and, well, short. Dirk Knight’s first short…

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Why do you serve?

Posted September 6, 2013 by Maj. RAYMOND CHESTER

People often ask me what I do. That question is quite easy to answer. “I’m an officer in the United States Air Force.” Every once in a while someone will follow up with, “What do you do in the Air Force?” That’s another easy answer. “I command the communications squadron at Luke Air Force Base…

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