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Chaplain thoughts

Posted April 26, 2013 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson,

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be strong. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers, pray for powers equal to your task.” ~ Phillips Brooks Where do you set “the bar” for yourself in life? Do you put your standards and goals within easy reach? Or do you put them just…

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Thunderbolts show up for good cause with ‘service-before-self’ attitude

Posted June 21, 2013 by Senior Airman LIAM MILBURN

Service before self is a mantra we tend to repeat but not always in a truly positive manner. I often hear it as an exasperated sigh when someone volunteers or is “voluntold” for an event. The true spirit of this mantra really came out at the Boston Marathon relief run that took place in May….

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Fly Over: ‘Elysium’, and ‘Jobs’

Posted August 23, 2013 by Grace Lee and Macario Mora

‘Elysium’ I’ve always been a big fan of movies with an underlying theme of a great divide between social classes where the poor tend to stay deprived while the rich enjoy a life of extravagance. And for me, the movie “Elysium” was just that. The movie takes place both on a barren Earth and on…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted October 18, 2013 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns

“What we are finding is that religious involvement seems to be an unintended consequence, not the goal of people who become religious.” — Dr. Harold Koenig You’ve heard the saying, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away,” but can prayer keep the doctor away? Dr. Harold Koenig, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at…

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The dirty dollar

Posted December 13, 2013 by Master Sgt. ERIC GRAY

Have you ever glanced down at the ground to see the distinct green of a crisp, clean dollar bill? I am willing to bet if you did, you would have picked it up. The question is if that dollar was crumpled up and dirty, would you have picked it up anyway? Would you have straightened…

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Destination: Portland, Oregon

Posted February 7, 2014 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

When people think about Portland, Ore., they may think of farms, wagons and pioneers. What they don’t know is Portland is not only filled with a diversity of cultures, but it’s also overflowing with friendly people, delicious food and a plethora of outdoorsy things to do.

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Mentorship builds better Airmen at all levels

Posted March 28, 2014 by Staff Sgt. JEREMIAH HARRIS

Mentorship is an important topic that comes with many views and questions, such as, “Why is mentorship important?” “Why do we need mentorship?” and “What are the causes and effects of mentorship?” Here are my personal views on why mentorship is important. First, I would like to specify that every person in the Air Force…

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Do you really know your people?

Posted May 9, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. MICHAEL DICICCO

What makes a leader? You can ask anyone this question, and every time you’ll get a different answer. When I think of the great leaders I’ve had the honor and privilege to work with, I think of all the similar traits and qualities they shared. The most important is their ability to effectively communicate with…

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Culture change requires new way to think

Posted June 27, 2014 by Capt. AJ ZORN

The racist comments made by Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, shocked the nation and were met with extreme displeasure by most Americans. Though the details can be heavily debated, it’s safe to say that most Airmen believe the comments were inappropriate for one reason or another. In the infamous recording, Mr….

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Knocking it out of park means excellence

Posted August 15, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. KELBEY NORTON

Over the past several years the Defense Department has seen an unprecedented reduction in force. Twenty years ago when I was a young Airman learning the Air Force ropes, our active-duty force was more than 421,000 strong. Today, our end strength stands at just over 323,000 Airmen, a reduction of roughly 100,000 personnel. Because of…

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