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  • A matter of perspective

    One of my favorite quotations is “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.” It is attributed to John Wesley. However, there are many shorthand, modern derivatives passed along today: Be all you can. Bloom where you
  • Inclusion as a foundation for strong teams

    In honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride month and the victims of the recent shooting in Orlando, I feel it is important to touch on a topic that is near and dear to my heart. Despite the tremendous progress in LGBT rights made over the past few years, LGBT people still face discrimination for being who they are. While I feel the
  • Scouts create camp on VAFB

    A little over a year ago, local Cub Scout Leader Chris Brunelle convinced Vandenberg Air Force Base to grant the base Scouts the little-used area formerly called the San Antonio Picnic Area. Since then, volunteers have put a lot of work into creating a safe and accessible environment for Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts.   Volunteers cleared
  • The importance of a healthy and balanced lifestyle

    Ever since I was a kid, I have always heard about the importance of eating breakfast and that this was the best meal of the day. However, I never imagined that one day, I would physically experience the impact of not eating breakfast; and what this “skipping” could do to the human body. When I first joined the military, I made sure I ate breakfast
  • Common Bond

    After 23 years in the Air Force, the one thing that continues to amaze me is how different we are as members of the Air Force and how we make it all work. Given the military is only around one percent of the United States population, most civilians tend to think we are all pretty much the same type of people. Through my experiences I have found
  • We could be heroes

    Everyone has a hero. Whether yours was a famous basketball player, or a character in a book about magic and wizards, we all find someone’s footsteps to follow. For me, it was a World War II B-17 bomber pilot, named Noah Thompson, from the quaint city of Burlington, Vt.“What do you want to be when you grow up, young man?” the elderly retired Air
  • Leap of faith

    Leaping out of a plane at 13,000 feet is something some Airmen have had to train to do. Some actually do it to save their life or the lives of their military brethren; it is all in the line of duty. However, on April 30, 2016, the Vandenberg Chapel helped 14 Airmen jump out of a perfectly good airplane for an all-together different reason. They
  • What can you do better - today?

    Throughout my career in the Air Force, I have read a lot of commentaries in base newspapers. I have heard a lot of motivational speeches from officer and enlisted leaders. I have even written a few articles myself, and presented a couple of mentoring thoughts at graduations and ceremonies. While most of them did serve an inspirational purpose,
  • The Human Cost of Drinking and Driving

    Do any of you know Thomas Perkosky? It may surprise you, but many of you know or at least have heard of him. In order to tell his story I have to tell you the story of Stephen Perkosky.On November 26, 1983, Stephen left his job after working the midnight shift at a cannery near Hazelton, Pennsylvania. It was Thanksgiving morning and Stephen was
  • The human cost of drinking and driving

    Do any of you know Thomas Perkosky? It may surprise you, but many of you know or at least have heard of him. In order to tell his story I have to tell you the story of Stephen Perkosky.On November 26, 1983, Stephen left his job after working the midnight shift at a cannery near Hazelton, Pennsylvania. It was Thanksgiving morning and Stephen was
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