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Fly Over: ‘The Gift’ and ‘World Buffet’

Posted October 17, 2014 by Timothy Boyer and Nestor Cruz

On Amazon, Netflix and in stores: ‘The Gift’ Before beginning this review, let me just admit my bias against “scary” movies. For those who have read my past reviews, you probably noticed I appreciate stories and music that are uplifting and positive. That being said, a strong script and good acting can make a fan…

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Gratitude cultivates exceptional leadership

Posted December 12, 2014 by Maj. PAUL BECKER

Several months ago I was inspired by the phrase “cultivate an attitude of gratitude.” The topic was presented in a religious context; however, I found these words significant and profound when considered as a tenent of exceptional leadership. Cultivate is an action verb. The word brings to mind images of an experienced gardener patiently tending…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted February 13, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

In recognition of Valentine’s Day, I would like to offer a few thoughts on the struggles that Air Force spouses face and maybe a word or two about the beautiful woman who has stood by me for the past 31 years. Being a military spouse is the most difficult job in the Air Force. They…

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This week in history

Posted April 10, 2015 by Rick Griset

Too little, too late: The Messerschmitt Me-262 jet fighter Courtesy photo Seventy years ago this week, the German Messerschmitt Me-262 Schwalbe, or Swallow in English, had great success against allied bombers. On April 10, 1945, near Berlin, Germany, approximately 60 Me-262s attacked American bomber formations and shot down 10 bombers. That was the biggest loss of…

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This week in history

Posted June 19, 2015 by Rick Griset,

1965: B-52 goes on first combat mission Courtesy photo The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress dropped bombs for the first time in combat on June 18, 50 years ago. Originally designed in 1945, the B-52 was to be an intercontinental high-altitude, straight-wing bomber. With six engines, its propellers would allow it to cruise at 300 mph at…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted August 7, 2015 by Maj. Larry Fowler

Why are you here? Despite the angst of family separation, most chaplains enjoy deployments; they are rewarding in so many ways. Yet even in the midst of service that we love, we can grow tired, despondent and question why we are here. Below is a composite account, with names, etc. changed, gleaned from a deployment…

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Fly Over: Touchback

Posted April 13, 2012 by Capt. Tristan Hinderliter

What if you could go back and have a chance to redo the most important, tragic and pivotal day of your life? Would you make different decisions, knowing it would change your life’s trajectory? That is the opportunity, and dilemma, facing Scott Murphy (played by Brian Presley) in “Touchback,” a film written and directed by Don Handfield.

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From recorder to rifle and back

Posted June 1, 2012 by by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka

About three and a half months ago my supervisor came to me to say I was going to be a 56th Security Forces Squadron augmentee. Augmentees are Airmen from different base units who serve 90 days at the SFS to help during deployment shortages. I worked four-days on, with three days off and a day…

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Chaplain thoughts July 13, 2012

Posted July 13, 2012 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theodore Wilson, 56th Fighter Wing Chape

“If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.” ~ Hamilton Fish   We often speak in the military of laying our lives down in defense of our nation — the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. What…

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Fly Over: “Killer Joe”, “Hope Springs”

Posted August 31, 2012 by by Airman 1st Class Grace Lee and by Macario Mora

In theaters: The plot is simple enough. The acting is great, but there is something frustrating about the Lone Star state. Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) asks his sister Dottie (Juno Temple) “what’s so special about Texas? What is there to do here? It’s big, there’s lots of space to walk.” It sounds rather boring and…

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