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‘#BeThere’ before the call

Posted November 4, 2016 by by Master Sgt. Wendy Barraza

When the phone rings in the middle of the night, it’s like an alarm going off in your brain. No one calls at one in the morning to say they were “just thinking of you.” I received one of those calls 13 years ago and woke to my mom telling me my dad had died…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted October 9, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns

“Example is leadership. Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” ~ Albert Schweitzer We all set an example for others everyday as we live our lives. We may set a good example or we may be the poster child of what not to do. No matter your age,…

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2nd Lt. Frank Luke: Heritage and readiness

Posted February 25, 2016 by by Master Sgt. MICHAEL HAMILL

On day one, as we lace our boots for the first time, our core values begin to be cemented within us. Every action we take and every decision we make molds the foundation for the path ahead. Our warrior ethos and our Airman’s creed pay homage to those who came before us, those who paved…

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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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Overcoming failures opportunity for growth

Posted March 10, 2016 by by Maj. ERIC TUCKER

You will fail. The question is … how will you respond? This reminds me of a parable of the carrot, egg and coffee. A senior airman was distraught when he learned he did not make staff sergeant after his first time testing. His staff sergeant supervisor saw a teaching opportunity and the next day he…

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Calling all millennials: Fight for your reputation

Posted September 1, 2016 by Story and graphic by Senior Airman CHIP PONS

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, RANDOLPH, Texas — As the debate over a massive generational gap within the military becomes more prevalent, members within different generational groups should pause and consider what each contributes to mission success, rather than what makes one better than the other. Yes, I am technically a millennial; however, I am so…

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Do your goals match your dreams?

Posted October 16, 2015 by by Master Sgt. EVELARDO DE LEON

As a young man I grew up in a not so great area of San Antonio, Texas. My parents were not perfect people but they did invest in me. We were a family of little means, but my parents instilled values and morals in me. They taught me the basics and to be a man…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted April 7, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Blessed by a touch It was a chapel event, not unlike other chapel events in that it featured food as a part of the festivities. During the meal I greeted a couple from our congregation. They were enjoying their meal, and as I passed behind them I leaned over, placed my hands on their shoulders,…

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How to be happily married to the military

Posted March 24, 2016 by 393rd Bomb Squadron spouse

For those who have been married, do you remember when you got engaged and people would give you all kinds of unsolicited advice? I remember my aunt telling me that when you marry a man, you don’t just marry him … you marry his whole family. No one ever tells you that when you marry…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted October 2, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

What’s on your bucket list? Two weeks ago I went on a chapel sponsored event to the Grand Canyon with Airmen from several bases. It was an inspiring event, and I particularly enjoyed making a trek into the canyon. I chose to turn around at the 1.5 mile mark — a decision I did not…

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