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Lead from the front

Posted October 11, 2013 by Master Sgt. CHRISTINE WAGNER

As a senior NCO, I often wonder if we are grooming our Airmen for success. Are we grooming NCOs to be responsible, to take seriously our core values, embrace them as we should so they become the future senior NCOs we need them to be? Are we grooming our Airmen to know that sometimes the…

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Shoplifting at Luke Exchange can ruin career

Posted October 11, 2013 by Army, Air Force Exchange Services

A young, up-and-coming Airman stops by the Luke Air Force Base Exchange to pick up weekly necessities. While browsing through the store, the Airman stops to admire the assortment of CDs. With money tight, the Airman decides to slip one into a pocket while no one else is around. What the Airman may not realize…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted October 11, 2013 by Chaplain (Capt.) Kevin Rash

“How you respond to the troubles in your life will go a long way toward whether or not you ever develop courage, ever develop patience, ever develop compassion, ever develop sobriety and humility, or ever develop any of those things. Don’t waste your sorrows.” – Dr. Timothy Keller Life is a gift! It’s also a…

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Fly Over: ‘Solomon Kane’, and the Anise Café

Posted October 11, 2013 by Jayson Burns and Nestor Cruz

On Netflix: ‘Solomon Kane’ Ever have that experience where one movie seems to be everywhere and looks fairly interesting, yet the effort and time just aren’t made to sit down and watch it? That happens to me more times than I like, and half the time the movie doesn’t prove to be worth it (You…

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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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