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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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KC-135 Flight Commentary

Posted July 1, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Overall, there are very few things that I’ve found that can truly get me animated. Finding passion in certain things has always been something that I have struggled with. It’s not something that I find a serious issue, quite the opposite in fact. I feel with being so levelheaded;…

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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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‘Why not … Minot?’

Posted May 20, 2016 by Senior Master Sgt. Don Slayton

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — When I received notification about my assignment to Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, apprehension overwhelmed me. Throughout my career, I heard about Minot and how “terrible” it was because it was “cold and windy” all year long as well as how “remote and isolated” it was from everything….

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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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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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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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