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Make it personal

Posted October 4, 2013 by Maj. DAVID LEMERY

In my opinion, leadership is most effective when it is personal. In a large organization, it is difficult to have a personal connection with everyone. Your personal leadership sphere of influence may be limited to one or two layers deep, but if they in turn made personal leadership a priority, it would drill down to…

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Leadership has many forms

Posted October 4, 2013 by Senior Master Sgt. SENIOUR DOUGLAS Jr.

Leadership comes in many forms such as skill, knowledge, appearance and rank. There are other forms of leadership that are used less but greatly needed in today’s military. A few of these are inspiring, caring, nurturing and growing your personnel. It’s been said by many past leaders that if you support your people they will…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted October 4, 2013 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns

Courtesy photo Thomas Edison “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~ Thomas Edison During the California Gold Rush, there was a man who sold all he had and bought a gold mine. He worked for many months and found nothing. Finally,…

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Fly Over: ‘Gravity’, and ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy II’

Posted October 4, 2013 by Macario Mora and Jayson Burns

In theaters: ‘Gravity’ Beautiful. No adjective appropriately conveys the sense of awe that washes over you while viewing the cinematically brilliant “Gravity.” Alfonso Cuaron’s (“Children of Men”) film is majestic. The CGI and special effects used make 600 kilometers above Earth more surreal than flying caped crusaders. Not since Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”…

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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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