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  • The first penguin

    Recently, I had the opportunity to don a penguin costume and jump into a pool of icy cold water, all in the name of a good cause. I, and about 100 others, braved near-zero temperatures to take turns diving into a frosty pool (really an extra large refuse dumpster) to help raise money for Special Olympics. Although it seemed like a fun idea when I
  • One Airman and the little things that matter

    Shortly after the end of World War II, a young Marine corporal stationed in Hawaii jumped the camp fence and "liberated" an officer's jeep for a trip into town. He was later caught and found guilty in a court-martial. The act cost him his Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal. Approximately 20 years later, that same corporal, now an Air Force Lieutenant
  • Taking risks; the good and the bad

    Remember the last time you ventured out in a totally new direction, unencumbered by anyone's expectations but your own; an individual goal focused on learning or becoming something (or someone) new? Usually, whether you succeeded to your satisfaction or not, you probably gave yourself a pat on the back for even putting forth the effort. Conversely,
  • The paradox of serving others

    This past weekend I had the great privilege of participating in our maintenance group's annual awards ceremony, better known as the Knucklebuster Ball. It was a fabulous event attended by almost 300 people assembled for the sole purpose of honoring those men and women who every day give the best of themselves to help make the mission of the "BRING
  • Symphonies of steel

    When it was completed in late 1936, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was the longest steel high-level bridge in the world. More than 70 years later, it still maintains that distinction. Its counterpart, the Golden Gate Bridge, was the longest suspension bridge in the world when it was finished several months later and its beauty and strength
  • One mile at a time

    "I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people." (Mohandas K. Gandhi) This year our wing embraced a new way of thinking about leadership. One that goes beyond what some people would expect ...and challenges us as individuals to think about our whole environment, about all those around us, and how we
  • 319 Comm Squadron Airmen get AMP’d

    Do you know how many types of live bait Grand Forks AFB Outdoor Recreation has to offer? The AMP'd Airmen from the 319th Communications Squadron can tell you. In lockstep with the wing's "Bring It" theme, the 319 CS developed an Airmen Mentorship Program (AMP) to address both the professional and personal life development skills and goals of its
  • Finding meaning in the midst of hardship

    Viktor Frankl was an incredible person by many measures. He was a brilliant academic, a survivor of three years in four different concentration camps during the Holocaust, a pioneering neurologist/psychiatrist in Vienna following World War II, and an inspirational author. Most notable, however, is that his finest moments came when leadership was
  • Making people a priority … always!

    The great philosopher Confucius was born into a world experiencing widespread social anarchy. Rival political factions sought to gain greater control in order to consolidate power and warring states made a regular habit of invading one another. Death, destruction, pain and sorrow were present everywhere as people were slaughtered by the thousands,
  • Unlikely heroes

    The place: Maeda Escarpment on the island of Okinawa, Japan. The man: Pfc. Desmond T. Doss, medic, Company B, 77th Infantry Division. The situation: Surrounded by heavily-armed Japanese forces, the 155 men of Company B began to lose the ground gained during the initial advance. Almost immediately, 75 men fell wounded, and the remaining men had to