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Posted July 12, 2013 by Chaplain (Capt.) Joseph Fisher

As I write this, former antiapartheid leader and former South African president Nelson Mandela is on life support at age 94. Mandela spent years as a revolutionary fighting racism and the government policy of “apartheid” in his beloved South Africa. For this, Mandela spent more than a quarter of his life, 27 years, in prison….

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Invest in your Air Force career

Posted September 6, 2013 by Master Sgt. CARMINA BEEDLE

How many of us have attempted to withdraw money from an ATM and received an “insufficient funds” response? We all know that in order to receive money from an ATM, money must be deposited into the account. I was once asked to compare my Air Force career to a bank account. I was asked to…

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Fly Over: ‘12 Years a Slave’, and ‘Carrie’

Posted November 1, 2013 by Tristan Hinderliter and Macario Mora

In theaters: ’12 Years a Slave’ “12 Years a Slave,” directed by Steve McQueen, is one of those movies I’m glad I saw, but wouldn’t necessarily want to see again anytime soon. The film is based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, a free black man from the north who was kidnapped and sold into…

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Posted December 20, 2013 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns

Dr. Suess Traditions are an important part of the holiday season. Gathering the family to watch a favorite Christmas movie is one that many enjoy. For some it’s the old classics like “Miracle on 34th Street” or “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Others enjoy cartoons like “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Rudolph” or “Frosty the Snow Man.”…

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Posted February 21, 2014 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson

Courtesy photo Quincy Jones “Greatness occurs when your children love you, when your critics respect you and when you have peace of mind.” ~ Quincy Jones How do you define greatness? Is it your job title, the rank on your collar or sleeve, your achievements, by winning an Olympic medal? In the military, we are…

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Fly Over: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, and ‘Pirate Fairy’

Posted April 11, 2014 by by Nestor Cruz and Jason Colbert

In theaters: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Dear DC Comics and Warner Bros. Studios, Be jealous. Be very jealous. While you are still working on the “Superman vs. Batman” movie, Marvel Studios has done it again and released another box office hit with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The sequel to 2011’s “Captain America: The…

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Airmen have responsibility to do uniform proud

Posted May 30, 2014 by Master Sgt. TOMMY CHILDERS

“You never get a second chance at a first impression.” – Unknown While this saying holds true in many facets of our daily lives, it carries an increased weight and sense of responsibility for us as service members. Not only does this apply to our physical appearance, but also in the way we carry ourselves…

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In your comfort zone? Get out!

Posted August 1, 2014 by Master Sgt. PAUL SIRACUSA

Being promoted means you are ready to take on the next level of roles and responsibilities, but how do you prepare for the next level of responsibilities? One tactic that has worked for me is to step outside my comfort zone. By doing this, I’ve learned more about the Air Force and experienced more situations…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted September 12, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

Americans owe $1,200,000,000,000 in college debt (yes, that’s a trillion). According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, students hold an average of $29,400 in debt at graduation. That monthly debt repayment plan starts upon graduation and can easily top $1,000 a month. There are federal loan forgiveness programs (www.consumerfinance.gov) but the process can be complex…

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You, too, can empower innovation

Posted October 31, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. CHRIS DEGRUYTER

Innovation is the lifeblood of progress. Without it we wouldn’t have the automobile, airplane or computer. We may have never made it to an industrial revolution. At every level of our species, from the individual level to the societal level, compelling change is how we grow, and it is innovators that drive this. In the…

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