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‘On the Road’

Posted August 30, 2013 by Tristan Hinderliter

Few books have meant as much to me as “On the Road,” Jack Kerouac’s sensational novel about his friendships and adventures in late 1940s America. I was 19 when I read it the first time, and it deeply resonated with me as it has for so many other readers over the past half century since…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted October 25, 2013 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns,

“I took a hard look at what’s smart and what’s stupid. I did see that it’s better to be smart than stupid, just as light is better than darkness (paraphrased).” ~King Solomon There was once a merchant who wished to sell fish heads to a customer and told him that fish heads are great brain…

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Self awareness — A key to leadership development

Posted December 20, 2013 by Lt. Col. MICHAEL EBNER

As part of our enduring quest to become better Air Force leaders we must always strive to develop ourselves. One way to do this is for each of us to build an accurate assessment of ourselves. Without a keen sense of self-awareness leaders can easily operate in the dark without regard to their subordinates’ attitudes,…

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Spiritual resiliency: ‘Smiley Face’ factor masks wounds

Posted February 14, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) DAVID BARNS

There is within all of us a yearning for purpose in life. This yearning drives us to seek success, influence and power, to solve problems, create or better our world. It motivates the athlete to push himself to the limit. It inspires the firefighter to have the courage to rush into a burning building. It…

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Be successful no matter where you are

Posted April 4, 2014 by Master Sgt. TRACY BUECHLER

It’s human nature to be competitive, and with the Air Force having to make tough decisions during force shaping, no one can afford not to be competitive. In order to be competitive in the Air Force, it will take a whole-person concept, which has been around for years and consists of work ethic, self-improvement and…

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Leadership is action, not position

Posted March 27, 2012 by Master Sgt. Scott Harris

I recently read a quote in an article that I believe defines a true leader. The quote is from Donald H. McGannon and says, “Leadership is action, not position.” This phrase epitomizes my leadership philosophy; specifically, I feel people are leaders by virtue of what they do, not the authority they are given or the…

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Thank you, Thunderbolts

Posted May 24, 2012 by by Chief Master Sgt. Rory Wicks

Greetings Team Luke! Wow, what can I say, time flies when you’re having fun … this has been a superb ride. Unfortunately for me, I am at the end of a phenomenal tour having to leave a magnificent community. As we depart, I just want to say “thanks” to all for your acceptance, support, teamwork…

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Chaplain thoughts – July 6, 2012

Posted July 6, 2012 by Chaplain (Maj.) Scott Jobe

  “I’ve missed over 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot 26 times … and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”   ~ Michael Jordon   As leaders we need to communicate and…

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The Military Family

Posted August 24, 2012 by Commentary by DARLENE SELTMANN

We all make choices. Some choose to be service members; others choose to be married to one. In my case, I chose both....

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‘Widows’ devoted to excellence

Posted October 19, 2012 by by Lt. Col. KEVIN CRUIKSHANK

Under the Peace Carvin II program, the 425th Fighter Squadron received nine borrowed ex-Thunderbird F-16A/Bs Dec. 30, 1992, and reactivated the squadron at Luke Air Force Base. This year will mark the 20th anniversary of this program and the U.S. Air Force’s special relationship with Singapore here at Luke. The Black Widows are a unique…

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