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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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Vegas Strong: Human Performance Team supports community

Posted October 13, 2017 by

Hours after the Las Vegas tragedy, member of Creech’s Human Performance Team and Nellis Air Force Base trauma teams made themselves available to Airmen and their families.

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Generations of time: The oath of enlistment

Posted August 10, 2018 by Maj. Joseph Wilson

It doesn’t seem like that long ago, but rewinding the clock 18 years—in the hot, summer sun of 2000—I had joined hundreds of other Airmen on a parade field at what was then called Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. On command, we collectively raised our right arms to the square and repeated what many Airmen…

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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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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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Are you compliant or are you committed?

Posted November 2, 2018 by Chief Master Sgt. David Bishop

I was reading a great book a few years ago that had a positive impact on me: Change the Culture, Change the Game by Roger Connors and Tom Smith. Connors and Smith said, “Too often, leaders attempt to change the way people act without changing the way they think. As a result, they get compliance,…

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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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