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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted February 11, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Sing a song Full of the faith that the dark past Has taught us, Sing a song Full of the hope that the present Has brought us. ~ James Weldon Johnson These lyrics from the hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing” were written by James Weldon Johnson. This song, often called the Black National Anthem,…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted April 28, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Earlier this month I attended the Air Force Chaplain Corps Summit. The chaplain summit is the annual gathering of Air Force, major command and wing-level chaplain corps leaders to hear from Air Force leadership, review the needs of the force and determine ways to meet those needs, from our perspective as providers of spiritual care….

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Pride, professionalism, passion core to ethical maturity

Posted December 10, 2015 by by Master Sgt. JAVIER GONZALEZ

We are asked to internalize the Air Force core values from the onset of our careers. And as we progress through the ranks, despite what life puts in our path, we are reminded to not only internalize them, but epitomize them. Regardless of your status as a basic trainee or chief master sergeant, we have…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted March 3, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (1st Lt.) Derek VanderMolen

“Discipline teaches us to operate by principle rather than desire.” ~ John MacArthur Jr. Shortly after my wife and I got married, she decided I would be the lesser of two evils to handle our finances. My father-in-law gently, or not so gently, suggested I take a financial planning class by signing me up and…

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Do your goals match your dreams?

Posted October 16, 2015 by by Master Sgt. EVELARDO DE LEON

As a young man I grew up in a not so great area of San Antonio, Texas. My parents were not perfect people but they did invest in me. We were a family of little means, but my parents instilled values and morals in me. They taught me the basics and to be a man…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … The desire to serve the Lord

Posted January 21, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain Fr. Ronald Metha

From the very first days of our Air Force careers we’ve heard of the Four Pillars of Comprehensive Fitness. All are essential to our wellbeing and that of the Airmen with whom we serve. Although most of the pillars, like physical, mental and social fitness are truly obvious, spiritual fitness needs cultivation. However, civil society…

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Take time to explain ‘why’

Posted March 24, 2016 by by Col. TODD OSGOOD

Good communication is a key element of successful organizations. As leaders, managers or supervisors, we’re sometimes so focused on communicating the “what” or the “how” that we fail to explain why the work someone is doing is so important. Other times, we make decisions that impact work priorities or cause significant change, but don’t explain…

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Leadership … Are you up for the challenge

Posted November 12, 2015 by by 2nd Lt. MARIANA TAMARIZ

Leadership is often defined as the capacity to lead. Though this definition describes the actions of an individual in a leadership position, it does not provide any insight on what makes a good leader. Though there are hundreds of books and guides that provide steps to becoming a better leader, I believe that true leadership…

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Volunteer for right reasons

Posted February 11, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. MICHAEL BATTLES

The word “volunteer” is a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service. In a given week, I’m asked three to four times why I volunteer my personal time as much as I do to organizations that are not my primary duty. The answer has and will always be the same,…

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Analyzing failure, realizing success, who owns it?

Posted April 28, 2016 by by Col. RYAN SAMUELSON

Editor’s note: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Air Force, Defense Department or the U.S. Government. AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — “We have an issue. I’ll call him in and figure out why he failed to…,” said…

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