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Chaplain thoughts – November 30, 2012

Posted November 30, 2012 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson,

“Some people are making such thorough plans for rainy days that they aren’t enjoying today’s sunshine.” ~ William Feather Are you an optimist or a pessimist? I hope and pray you are an optimist … and a planner as well. Rainy days will certainly come (maybe you’re even having one now, maybe it even feels like…

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Fly Over: ‘Cloud Atlas’, ‘Breaking Dawn: Part 2’

Posted November 30, 2012 by Macario Mora

In Theaters: ‘Cloud Atlas’ I haven’t read David Mitchell’s 2004 novel “Cloud Atlas.” However, from what I’ve heard it wouldn’t have left me any less dumbfounded than I felt after watching the film adaptation. Directors the Wachowski brothers (The Matrix) or rather siblings Lana and Andy teamed up with Tom Tykwer and tried mightily to…

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A mentoring moment: What’s your motivation?

Posted November 16, 2012 by Col. YOLANDA BLEDSOE

What gets and keeps you going? Another way to ask this question is what motivates you? I firmly believe that when we know why we do something, we can use that as a compass to accomplish more. Knowing what motivates us will help us achieve our goals, both personal and professional. Growing up, many of…

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Native American academy graduate shares thoughts

Posted November 16, 2012 by Staff Sgt. C.J. HATCH

Luke Air Force Base members got a unique experience during the Native American Indian Heritage Month luncheon held Oct. 8 at Club 56. Retired Col. Daucey Brewington, a member of the Lumbee tribe, spoke to attendees about his life and the history of the U.S. and its native people. He is known for being the…

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Chaplain thoughts – November 16, 2012

Posted November 16, 2012 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson,

“Our future leaders (NCOs and officers) must possess faith, determination, and a positive attitude. I believe a positive attitude will carry you farther than ability.” ~ Master Sgt. Roy Benavidez Medal of Honor recipient In honor of Native American Indian Heritage Month, I chose this quote from a true American hero, a Congressional Medal of…

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Fly Over: ‘Skyfall’, ‘Resident Evil: Damnation’

Posted November 16, 2012 by Macario Mora and Jayson Burns

In Theaters: ‘Skyfall’ I’m young, relatively, so I can admit my first James Bond movie starred Pierce Brosnan. The franchise has rolled out 23 installments in 50 years, so I’d be remiss to say I’ve seen every film. I hear Mr. Connery was as good as it gets, but “Skyfall” on its own, is one…

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Book takes Airman on journey to quit smoking

Posted November 9, 2012 by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE

Every year there are people who begin smoking despite the fact that it is a leading cause of cancer and premature death in the U.S. and many countries in the world. For this reason the American Cancer Society is marking its 37th Great American Smokeout Thursday by encouraging smokers to use the date to make…

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Don’t take ‘no’ for an answer

Posted November 9, 2012 by Lt. Col. JOHN BOSONE

It finally dipped below 90 degrees recently and many of us know what that means — fall is upon us in the Valley, and the holidays and even cooler temperatures are just around the corner. The next few months will bring parties, family visits, vacations, food, and bowl games. But not everyone has a full…

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What does ‘Old Glory’ mean?

Posted November 9, 2012 by Master Sgt. SHERIS POISSON

In any society, its heritage or legacy is fashioned and passed on by each generation. The Air Force is no different. The Air Force is a society and each new generation of Airmen has the duty and responsibility of carrying on the heritage. As leaders, you must celebrate our rich history and ensure the newest…

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Back from the depths: Court martial, jail time, return to duty – What I learned through it all

Posted November 9, 2012 by Airman 1st Class VERNON SMITH

When the military judge told my defense counsel and me to stand for the announcement of my sentence, my heart stopped, and my stomach sank. I thought about my son, my brothers and my fellow Airmen. I hoped and prayed that my 18 years of service were not about to end. And I felt sadness…

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