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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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“Daddy, you’re my hero!” Airman reflects on being a young parent

Posted May 16, 2014 by Senior Airman JASON COLBERT

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Jacob Leal, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter apprentice, poses during training at Luke Air Force Base. Being a young parent can be challenging in the best of conditions. Having a child while still in high school can hardly be considered the best of circumstances. Add to the mix joining the…

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Adaptability a ‘must’ in today’s Air Force

Posted July 11, 2014 by Capt. RYAN GARD

Three years ago, I entered the Air Force as a general dentist. After completing four challenging years of dental school, I was eager to serve in the Air Force and use my newly developed skills to provide quality care to Airmen. What I quickly came to realize was the misconception that dentistry would be my…

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New form second chance to do EPRs right

Posted August 22, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. James Gilmore

Without fail, every time I am around a group of young NCOs, there is one subject guaranteed to come up — the enduring question of “How can I write a stronger EPR for my Airman?” My answer to this question is fairly standard and is one that a chief shared with me many years ago….

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted October 10, 2014 by Monsignor Ronald Metha

The Bible is arguably the most widely read book ever written. It can be, at once, both inspirational and challenging. David Limbaugh, in his book “Jesus on Trial,” writes that the Bible “…describes the great men and women of God who lived in biblical times as they really were … with all of their warts,…

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Chaplain’s thoughts

Posted November 21, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation on Oct. 23, 1863, which established Thanksgiving Day as a national observance. The proclamation highlighted the prosperity and expansion of the country even while it was engaged in civil strife. It acknowledged that no foreign country had used the civil war as an opportunity to “provoke their aggressions.” Lincoln’s…

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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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