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Created for Connection

Posted November 18, 2016 by Chaplain (Maj.) Tam L. Cookson

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — It’s about relationships — doing life in community. Humans are created for relationships. The need to love and be loved motivates us. The sense of belonging drives us. The value of connection draws us to others. Relationships come in all shapes and sizes. You may possess strong family ties…

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Holocaust remembrance: Fighting hate

Posted March 23, 2018 by Staff Sgt. Andrew Shodi

Less than 100 years ago, the Holocaust claimed over 11 million lives in one of the most horrific events known to mankind. During this time, about two-thirds of Europe’s and one-third of the world’s Jewish population were murdered by systematic ethnic cleansing. The Jewish victims made up about six million of the 11 million murdered….

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U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay
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Busted: Top 10 RPA myths debunked

Posted October 16, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay

Drones. The once harmless term has taken on new meaning in recent years largely due to miseducation, Hollywood dramatizations, and their growing uses in non-military settings.

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Character

Posted February 5, 2016 by Brig. Gen. Karl McGregor

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar —“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” said Martin Luther King Jr., in one of his most famous speeches. Character is what’s…

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Papa’s Song: Man, myth, legend

Posted June 17, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.—When it came to celebrating Father’s Day in my house; growing up it usually consisted of my brothers and me throwing a big slab of meat on the grill, you know, real man stuff, while my mom did most of the actual work cooking the other side-dishes. The gift giving usually…

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Breaking barriers through opportunities

Posted April 5, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum

With more than 3,000 flying hours she has broken more than the sound barrier, graduating from and becoming an instructor at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and attaining operational experience in operations Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, according to Air Force records. Her résumé speaks for itself. It’s a résumé…

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I know who, what, when and where … but why?

Posted November 13, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. David W. Hardy

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — Leading by example can be a heavy burden, but it is the burden we choose to carry when we don the uniform each day. As leaders, we should focus on showing others “how” to be an American Airman who embodies the core values. We should also explain “why” it matters…

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In Your Corner

Posted March 18, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Rodriguez

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — It’s the fifth round of the fight. You are exhausted and the sweat from your brow makes it hard to see. Every muscle aches; the bell rings and you stagger to your stool by the ropes. Who is in your corner? I’m a boxing fan. I look at life…

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The Hurricane Seat

Posted September 9, 2016 by Chief Master Sgt. Kristine Jones

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — As a chief master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, I have had the honor of some unique experiences, but none compare to riding in the “hurricane seat” of a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. I learned this lesson on a recent trip visiting one of our geographically separated units, and…

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Growing as a leader through others

Posted December 8, 2017 by Col. Josh Olson

Many consider leadership a trait you’re born with, while some consider it a trait you hone and develop through reflection and feedback. I contend it is both — we all have leadership qualities within us, and it is our life experiences and interactions that shape them. My kindergarten teacher, Ms. Gleason, was easily one of…

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