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Courage to Continue: Theme of 2016 National Prayer Breakfast

Posted April 8, 2016 by Chap. (Maj.) Tam L. Cookson

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” — Sir Winston Churchill, English statesman It takes courage to live life. After all, life is unpredictable. Sometimes life doesn’t go as expected. Sometimes it doesn’t follow our plan. Sometimes it isn’t all we hoped for. This military life…

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Taking care of Airmen

Posted June 3, 2016 by Senior Airman Christopher Tam

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — What is Airman Leadership School? ALS is probably the most stressful and overwhelming experience I have yet to go through in my Air Force career. In my four and a half years in the Air Force, I have had multiple supervisors. Some good, some bad, and some in-between. Even…

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It’s what you do next

Posted October 27, 2017 by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks

In the Air Force, Airmen are constantly waiting on results. Weighted Airmen Promotion System tests, promotion boards, officer packages, award packages and many other opportunities to advance are in the minds and goals of almost every Airman. The cold reality is only a certain number of people will get the news they want. For those…

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Worth the look

Posted September 21, 2018 by Chief Master Sgt. Richard Skrabak

Have you ever daydreamed about the possibilities of what you could have accomplished or reflected on your past asking yourself, “What could I have achieved if I would have received that opportunity or that promotion push?” Did you watch others skyrocket to the next level and wonder when you were going to get your chance?…

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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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Proper respects during Reveille, Retreat, National Anthem

Posted July 29, 2016 by Staff Sgt Alexander Cox

Typically around 6:30 a.m., on my way to work, I usually have the radio off and window cracked in anticipation for Reveille to play.

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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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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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Adapt, overcome

Posted April 15, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer

PEORIA, Ill. — My firstborn child recently turned 2 months old. Amidst the irresistible joy of having a new little buddy, I look back over these last eight weeks and wonder how my spouse and I survived. I am a writer, but there are no words I can find adequate enough to describe the terror…

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An overlooked aspect of leadership

Posted September 7, 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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