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What I learned from a child

Posted April 6, 2018 by Chaplain (Maj.) Molly Lawlor

I was tired from my temporary duty travel and landed at my final destination after dinner time. All I wanted was to get home and sleep in my own bed. As I caught the airport shuttle, I noticed one of the passengers hang up a dress bag with an Army uniform in it. Out of…

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Dense planetary core stifles epic changes

Posted April 6, 2018 by Lt. Col. Cory Damon

I am not an astrophysicist, an organizational psychologist or someone that thinks change is good for the sake of change. I’m a thinker who appreciates a visualization analogy every now and then … so, yes, I’m a little bit nerdy. My planetary analogy provides us all an opportunity to continuously evaluate our inherent human condition…

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Holocaust remembrance: Fighting hate

Posted March 23, 2018 by Staff Sgt. Andrew Shodi

Less than 100 years ago, the Holocaust claimed over 11 million lives in one of the most horrific events known to mankind. During this time, about two-thirds of Europe’s and one-third of the world’s Jewish population were murdered by systematic ethnic cleansing. The Jewish victims made up about six million of the 11 million murdered….

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Oh, the places you’ll go

Posted February 23, 2018 by Lt. Col. Glenn Cameron

Everyone knows Dr. Seuss’ famous phrase. It’s filled with hope and excitement, possibility and wonder. Now let’s apply it to everyday life and the Air Force. Yes, there are some amazing locations and opportunities, but there’s also deployments and temporary duty taskings, even some stateside assignments or training courses. Perhaps you’re currently in a career…

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Balance spending, saving, investing to build future nest egg

Posted February 23, 2018 by Master Sgt. Aubrey Buhr

How many of you have gotten paid and, within a few days, have spent your entire paycheck? I can remember being a young senior airman and having my flight chief ask me, “What are you doing with your money?” to which I replied, “Spending it!” The flight chief laughed and then asked me, “Do you…

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An Overlooked Aspect of Leadership

Posted February 9, 2018 by 1st Lt. David Melton

One of the things I value from a leadership perspective is the ability of a leader to follow. Have you ever heard of the phrase, “too many Chiefs; not enough Indians?” This phrase refers to a group of people with a common goal who all appear to be leaders, yet progress is difficult to achieve….

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Healthier Life: Tips on how to ace your PT test

Posted February 9, 2018 by Guy Leahy

I have yet to encounter an Airman who did not want to achieve a score of 90 on his or her PT test. However, many do not know how to train to accomplish this, and the Internet is an unreliable source of information. With this in mind, here are some evidence-based training tips that will…

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More than I asked for

Posted January 26, 2018 by Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick

I left home for the first time in my 20 years of living on Jan. 10, 2017, to become an Airman. I saw the Air Force as an opportunity to better myself through professionalism, education and experience. As a first generation Airman I went in blind, but I knew what I wanted and I wasn’t…

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Healthier Life: Your brain on exercise

Posted January 12, 2018 by Guy Leahy

We have libraries of data documenting the benefits of exercise for the body. What about the brain? Quite a bit of research collected over the past several years points to the conclusion that, yes, when you exercise, your brain benefits, too. Exercise improves a variety of brain disorders, including chronic stress, anxiety, depression, memory loss,…

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The power of communication

Posted January 12, 2018 by Airman 1st Class Joshua Magbanua

The name of the English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton might not be familiar to many people, but they may know his famous quote, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” My objective is not to convince the reader that words win over swords, but to illustrate the ability communication has to influence masses and win conflicts….

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