Commentary

Unique is not necessarily special

Posted June 17, 2016 by Chaplain (Capt.) John W. Schuetze

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.—Although our Armed Forces provides a unique type of service, it is not necessarily special. There are many different types of service even within the Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Within each of those we have active-duty personnel, reservists and National Guard as well. Each member…

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Memorial Day: Real heroes

Posted May 26, 2017 by Chaplain LtCol Dwayne Jones

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “History has taught us over and over again that freedom is not free. When push comes to shove, the ultimate protectors of freedom and liberty are the brave men and women in our armed forces. Throughout our history, they’ve answer the call in bravery and (ultimate) sacrifice,” said Tim…

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What motivates you?

Posted November 13, 2015 by Col. Kirsten Benford

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Motivation is an idea that is used to explain behavior. It is the reason for people’s actions, desires and needs. What motivates you? Is it a pay raise, promotion, family or friends? When I applied for an ROTC scholarship back in the early 1980s, my motivation was monetary. I…

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Be the ‘Wolf’

Posted March 25, 2016 by Col. Robert Novotny

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — There are three meetings I attend every week, and they’re the most important meetings in my current job. The first is wing stand-up, held three days a week, where we cover the status of our aircrew, pararescuemen, all 81 combat aircraft, the airfield, communications and logistics. Our mission is…

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No off-season for the Chapel

Posted September 9, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Isela Gonzalez

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The National Football League season is right around the corner! Many of you have been looking forward to this season and hope to watch your team reach the Super Bowl. Growing up in New Mexico, I did not have an NFL team to call my own. Because of this,…

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Operational security especially important during holidays

Posted December 22, 2017 by Dennis Morris

Holiday vacation time is upon us, and many of us will be leaving the area. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, sometimes we forget about common sense security practices. It is important to remember to practice good family Operational Security (OPSEC). What does OPSEC have to do with the holidays? OPSEC is…

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The Courage to continue

Posted January 8, 2016 by Chap. (Lt. Col.) Dwayne A. Jones

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Every Airman has a story, what is your story? Some stories are so compelling and powerful they can change your life. Maybe your story and life experiences can change someone else’s life. On Jan. 21, 2016, Nellis Air Force Base is sponsoring a Storytellers event where you can hear…

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Empowerment: More than just a word

Posted May 13, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Ryan Sparks

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — I am a first-term Airman at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. I am approaching one year time on station and getting close to achieving the next skill level in my job. At this stage in my career, my number one focus is on training and mastering…

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Earning the GAFPB: an Airman’s evolution

Posted January 6, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Derek Seifert

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Swimming has never been a problem for me in the past, but this time was different. As I walked out of the locker room and saw the line of U.S. Army Soldiers and U.S. Navy Sailors waiting and watching as fellow participants struggled to complete the swim, a feeling of…

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What I learned from a child

Posted April 6, 2018 by Chaplain (Maj.) Molly Lawlor

I was tired from my temporary duty travel and landed at my final destination after dinner time. All I wanted was to get home and sleep in my own bed. As I caught the airport shuttle, I noticed one of the passengers hang up a dress bag with an Army uniform in it. Out of…

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