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All about perspective

Posted October 23, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. Jacob P.E. Dunbar

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Some people get spun up about the smallest things. They allow the actions and behaviors of other people to upset them, and they lose their cool. Getting mad is a personal matter, and gaining a cooler head takes perspective and the ability to adjust. Individual values, expectations, norms and cultures often…

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Clergy Day: Nellis Chapel team’s got your back

Posted February 19, 2016 by Chap. (1st Lt.) David Jenkins

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Growing up I was one of the smaller guys in my neighborhood. Being the runt in my school lent me to getting into fistfights and being bullied. Fortunately, I had a powerful ally that always had my back. This person was my older sister Laura. She would stick up…

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That I may serve

Posted July 15, 2016 by Lt. Col. Charlie Norsky

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — In the summer of 1998, I reported for new cadet basic training at the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, a military institution for all ROTC cadets attending Virginia Tech. Within hours, I was taught a Latin phrase that would eventually shape the way I conceptualized the role of a…

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Volunteerism affects positive change

Posted December 4, 2015 by Lt. Col. Stephen A. Simko

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Throughout our military careers, we often talk of being a volunteer force, a subset of our culture that has volunteered to serve our country in the profession of arms. Without disrespect to anyone currently in uniform or those that have served before me, I have always been in conflict…

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There’s always a cost

Posted April 15, 2016 by Lt. Col. Tim Purcell

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — My 5-year-old son recently lost his first tooth and was ecstatic to buy something with the money he received from the tooth fairy. A couple days later, he counted out a few dollars from his piggy bank and asked if we could go to the store to buy a…

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As long as it takes: Pursuing chaplaincy, one career field at a time

Posted October 7, 2016 by 2nd Lt.Mara Title

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — From the time I decided to join the Air Force back in 2005, I knew I wanted to help support our Airmen. I had a journalism background, and was excited to enlist in a broadcasting career. I got to listen and see all that our Airmen are doing worldwide,…

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Make a difference

Posted January 15, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Mike Heath

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Will you make a difference in someone else’s life today? We have all heard someone say, “Take care of your people and their families.” Have you ever stopped to think why we hear this so often? As Airmen, our number one responsibility is to accomplish the mission. However, without…

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Memorial Day: Freedom

Posted May 27, 2016 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Dwayne A. Jones

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “History has taught us over and over again that freedom is not free. When push comes to shove, the ultimate protectors of freedom and liberty are the brave men and women in our armed forces. Throughout our history, they’ve answered the call in bravery and (ultimate) sacrifice,” said Tim…

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Plan A versus Plan B

Posted February 3, 2017 by Master Sgt. Aubrey Buhr

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — How many of you have received an assignment that you were not crazy about? Do you ever wonder if the Air Force is playing a trick on you? As a young staff sergeant, I received a base of preference assignment and was stationed in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. The…

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Mentoring through crisis: Creech Airman shares leadership advice

Posted October 23, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Matt

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Last year I attended the Global Leadership Summit through simulcast where I heard from numerous influential leaders.  One address that stood out to me as a new NCO and supervisor was given by Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric. He said that one of the best pieces of advice…

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