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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted December 10, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

The blending of family holiday traditions It’s the holiday season, and many newlyweds are discovering the harsh reality that not everyone celebrates the same way. A few years back I experienced this in my life. I was an incredibly happy newlywed about to enter into my first Christmas season with my beautiful bride. I thought…

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Pride, professionalism, passion core to ethical maturity

Posted December 10, 2015 by by Master Sgt. JAVIER GONZALEZ

We are asked to internalize the Air Force core values from the onset of our careers. And as we progress through the ranks, despite what life puts in our path, we are reminded to not only internalize them, but epitomize them. Regardless of your status as a basic trainee or chief master sergeant, we have…

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Improve relations from top down

Posted December 4, 2015 by by Lt. Col. JASON HOKAJ

“Commander’s intent” is a doctrinal term used in planning combat missions to communicate a desired end-state to subordinates. It describes a goal and timeline, and includes an acceptable level of risk. It is purposely vague in how to reach the goal. This is so subordinates can infuse their own expertise and information into the plan…

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Fighting for freedom costly

Posted December 4, 2015 by by Master Sgt. ROBERT BOGIE

This past Veterans Day, I found it heartwarming and enlightening to feel the support from the local community, all the way from young children at schools to World War II veterans. I also heard the perspectives of what freedom meant to many of them. The younger children explained freedom to them as being able to…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … December 4, 2015

Posted December 3, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

A letter to parents of Airmen Through the years I, as a chaplain, have received numerous phone calls from parents who were concerned about their sons or daughters. Perhaps a grandparent had died, or a relationship had ended or perhaps they sensed that their child was beginning to make bad decisions. Whatever the reason, they…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … November 20, 2015

Posted November 19, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” ~ Aesop As the father of three I love telling Aesop’s Fables to my children. One such story is the simple yarn entitled “The Dog and His Reflection.” The story goes that a dog with a bone in his mouth was crossing a bridge. When he looked into…

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10 characteristics describe servant leader

Posted November 19, 2015 by by Master Sgt. AARON MILLER

Servant leader is a phrase that was first used by Robert K. Greenleaf in 1970 in an essay he wrote titled “The Servant as Leader.” In this essay, he described the concept as, “The servant leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious…

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Show up, get involved, stay faithful to commitment

Posted November 19, 2015 by by Staff Sgt. YOLANDA KAIN

As an Airman at a new base, it can be confusing to figure out how to meet new people, develop yourself in your career and get involved. Luckily, Luke Air Force Base has many organizations that can help you navigate through not only how to develop yourself professionally, but help you network and make new…

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Leadership … Are you up for the challenge

Posted November 12, 2015 by by 2nd Lt. MARIANA TAMARIZ

Leadership is often defined as the capacity to lead. Though this definition describes the actions of an individual in a leadership position, it does not provide any insight on what makes a good leader. Though there are hundreds of books and guides that provide steps to becoming a better leader, I believe that true leadership…

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Lead the way: Be the spark to set fire

Posted November 12, 2015 by by Senior Master Sgt. MICHAEL ROXBERRY

As a leader, do not let your ego get in the way. Stand tall, but not above everyone else. Do not tell people what to do, show them. Showing them is what leading is all about. When you show them, you are creating that spark. Much like a fire, it all starts with a small…

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