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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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Small business: Why is it important?

Posted November 22, 2013 by Maj. QUOC-NAM NGUYEN

Luke Air Force Base is a strong advocate for small businesses. Small businesses are the building blocks that make our country great. Small businesses are not only important to the Air Force, they are important to our nation. Statistics show small businesses are the job creators and innovators, contributing significantly to our nation’s gross national…

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Recipe for leadership? Be best you can be

Posted January 24, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. DONALD STROUD

Is there a special recipe for leadership? In today’s Air Force we struggle trying to find that special recipe to get our teams to perform at their top levels of efficiency. As technology catapults us into the future and new leadership philosophies develop through the halls of Harvard and Stanford, we still rely on the…

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Fly Over: ‘Ghostbusters’, and ‘Young Adam’

Posted March 7, 2014 by Nestor Cruz and Tristan Hinderliter

Available on Netflix: ‘Ghostbusters’ I was shocked and saddened to hear the news last week of the passing of Harold Ramis. He was, hands down, one of the great comedic minds of our time, having co-wrote, directed and starred in several comedy classics including “Animal House,” “Caddyshack,” “Stripes,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and “Groundhog Day.” This…

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Excellence unexpected result of mistakes

Posted April 25, 2014 by 1st Lt. CHRISTOPHER BENNETT

In our present environment of force shaping actions and an increasing expectation to do more with less, the idea exists that perfection is expected. While excellence remains one of our core values, our heritage is wrought with leaders, who are both men and women, great and small, that questioned the status quo and were not…

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New Arms Race: STEM education ensures future force

Posted June 13, 2014 by Maj. MATT BRUNO

Selecting a degree or training program is a major decision with far reaching impact. Reasons for pursuing certain degrees vary, from improving one’s current skill set to achieving long term goals. One’s decisions may be influenced by class availability or the goal of “checking a box.” However, as educational technology and funding has increased, Airmen…

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Fly Over: ‘500 Days of Summer’

Posted May 4, 2012 by by Capt. Tristan Hinderliter

There’s no such thing as love. It’s a fantasy. So proclaims Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel) in the 2009 romantic comedy “500 Days of Summer,” a poignant meditation on love, relationships and heartbreak. Deschanel, who has recently become a bit of a feminist cultural touchstone and currently stars in the FOX series “New Girl,” is perfectly…

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Chaplain thoughts June 22, 2012

Posted June 22, 2012 by Chaplain (Maj.) Scott Jobe 56th Fighter Wing deputy chaplain

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision.”  ~ Andrew Carnegie   TEAM — Together Everyone Achieves More. As leaders we are called to build cohesive teams that are working together for a common goal. As leaders, we lead with a vision and capitalize on the God-given gifts of our team members…

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Fly Over: ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Rises’

Posted August 3, 2012 by by Airman 1st Class Kate Vaughn

In light of the tragic events that unfolded on the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo., I found it somewhat challenging to devote my full attention to the movie I had waited such a long time to see.

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Time for dos, don’ts reminder of political season

Posted October 5, 2012 by by Maj. JACQUELINE STINGL

Military members and Defense Department employees are encouraged to vote and participate in the political process. At the same time, the appearance of military influence of the political process must be avoided. Thus, participation in political activities by military members and DOD employees is limited by law in order to ensure that a real or…

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