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Stuck between a rock and a hard place

Posted June 1, 2012 by by Capt Ashley P.W. Norris

We had digital and hard copy maps, detailed driving and hiking directions, two GPS devices, two compasses, four cell phones, three camelbacks, walking sticks, two first aid kits, two handguns, sunscreen, lunch, snacks and a cooler full of extra drinks and ice. Despite all of our preparations, we were still confronted with a situation where…

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Hometown Airman Attends 9/11 Remembrance at Elementary School

Posted September 14, 2012 by by Airman 1st Class Christian Bojorquez

Remembering back to that fateful day in 2001, I came to know that morning in September would become a very important day for many, as well as historic. ...

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Happy New Year Airmen!

Posted January 11, 2013 by by General Mark A. Welsh III

To those of you who spent the holidays deployed, thank you and I’m sorry you weren’t home with your families. I know you understand what you are doing is important, but I also know that doesn’t make the separation any easier. In these days where self-serving agendas seem to be on display everywhere we turn,…

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The Chaplain’s Corner

Posted May 17, 2013 by Senior Airman Sarah Dyroff

I’ve noticed in the past month that my mailbox and Facebook account have been flooded with dozens of special event invitations, mainly in the graduation and wedding category. The month of June is particularly jam-packed, sometimes with two different occasions marked on the same day.Now, if you’re like me, your first reaction to such events…

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Chaplain’s Corner

Posted October 18, 2013 by Senior Airman Sarah Dyroff

Sometimes it seems that the world around us is spinning out of control. We read about various chaotic events happening everywhere, both abroad and in our own neighborhoods. Some of these events come in the form of natural disasters, human violence, or economic collapse. Most of us have experienced at least one form of these…

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National Safety Month: Preventing vehicle-induced heatstroke deaths

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Just because a car isn’t moving doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, in 2013, 43 children died from heatstroke inside vehicles – one of the deadliest years to date. These tragedies can happen to anyone, but are preventable with the proper education and action. This National Safety Month, the National Safety…

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Something from nothing?

Posted July 20, 2012 by by Chaplain Aaron Klaves

One of my new favorite quotes comes from Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee once said, when referring to life, “It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” ...

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Air Force training prepares you for the unexpected

Posted October 19, 2012 by by Senior Airman Isis Ponce

Each Unit Training Assembly is chocked full of training classes, sometimes to the point of not getting any job-related work done. At times, I hear the rumblings of, “not another class” or “didn’t I already complete this training?” but after my recent experience, I know how valuable this training can be. The skills from one…

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Adjust, Adapt, Flourish

Posted March 8, 2013 by by Chaplain Bob Meissner

Last night my wife and I watched a movie classic, “A Street Car Named Desire.” I knew about it and of Tennessee Williams, who wrote a play with the same name. As we settled in to enjoy this Hollywood classic, I eventually realized that the reality did not meet my expectations. What was considered a…

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Keeping service in perspective

Posted June 21, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. James Powell

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – If you were approached by a co-worker, civilian or family member and asked the question, “Why do you serve?”, what would your answer be? How would you internalize what you do for the Air Force to the point where you could answer that seemingly simple question? Over the past several…

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