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Chaplain’s thoughts … November 20, 2015

Posted November 19, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” ~ Aesop As the father of three I love telling Aesop’s Fables to my children. One such story is the simple yarn entitled “The Dog and His Reflection.” The story goes that a dog with a bone in his mouth was crossing a bridge. When he looked into…

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What is your locus?

Posted February 18, 2016 by Commentary by Senior Master Sgt. OLUWASINA AWOLUSI

Your first thought to the commentary’s title was probably “what do you mean?” Merriam-Webster defines locus as “a central or main place where something happens or is found.” So it basically means center. Now add the words “of control.” Locus of control is a lesson that first sunk in for me when I went to…

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Finding strength, resiliency through Air Force family

Posted May 5, 2016 by by Airman 1st Class CHRISTOPHER THORNBURY

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. — I joined the military to provide for my family, but I never expected the challenges my family would face and how we would evolve. When I enlisted in the Air Force, I joined another family without intent. This family has been with me ever since, especially during my family’s…

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Challenge yourself, accomplish your dreams

Posted May 10, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook

Challenging yourself and accomplishing your dreams requires stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things. For one Airman, applying for the United States Air Force Academy was a step in the right direction toward achieving his goals.

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Fly, Fight, Win — war to end all wars

Posted November 2, 2018 by Lt. Col. Philip Cooper

While Memorial Day honors those who died in service to their country or later from wounds sustained during battle, Veteran’s Day is meant to honor all veterans, past and present, who served honorably in times of peace or war. So, what does Veteran’s Day mean to you?

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A premier alliance: 425th Fighter Squadron

Posted October 2, 2015 by by Lt. Col. JON FORINO

Aug. 9, 2015, marked the 50th Anniversary of Singapore’s Independence. The 425th Fighter Squadron is an operational squadron comprised of elite U.S. Air Force and Republic of Singapore air force personnel designated by an agreement between the U.S. and Republic of Singapore as PEACE CARVIN II. December of 2013 marked the 20 year anniversary of…

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AF, Navy join forces to protect

Posted September 11, 2015 by by Maj. SCOTT HASELDEN

Following force reductions in 2014, career fields around the Air Force likely experienced manpower strains in daily operations – the 56th Security Forces Squadron was no exception to these cuts. In September 2013, the squadron was authorized 185 active-duty members. By October 2014, the unit was reduced to a mere 136 active-duty members. With these…

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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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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted September 1, 2016 by Chaplain (1st Lt.) Derek VanderMolen

“You have to be willing to do more than the minimum. You have to be willing to sacrifice your rest and your free time to constantly improve.” ~Retired Lt. Cmdr. Rorke Denver As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by, and obsessed with, the special operations units in our military. Recently I…

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Asking for help sign of strength not weakness

Posted December 1, 2017 by by Maj. Gen. MARK BROWN

Growing up I was a big fan of Muhammad Ali. He was the world heavyweight-boxing champion and unashamedly referred to himself as “The Greatest.” I vividly remember a reporter asking Ali, “When did you know that you were ‘The Greatest?’” Before Ali could answer, the reporter offered, “Perhaps it was when you knocked out George…

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