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The courage to act

Posted January 15, 2016 by Chap. (Lt. Col.) Dwayne A. Jones

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” — Martin Luther King Jr. The…

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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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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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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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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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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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A resolution for a lifestyle

Posted February 26, 2016 by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Are you one of the millions of people who started this year with a resolution to improve your life? Maybe you promised yourself that you would lose weight, fit into those old favorite jeans or even improve your physical fitness test score. You, along with many others have done this—so…

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Dealing with holiday stress

Posted December 4, 2015 by Capt. Jerry Novack

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — It’s that time of year again. All things pumpkin spice become all things peppermint; television networks start showing nostalgic, holiday-themed movies; in northwest Florida, we complain about cold weather while the rest of the country actually deals with winter; and I write the holiday stress mental health message. My…

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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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