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The kick off of school and football, is indicative of fall coming and going much too fast!  Before you know it, the team who will earn the Super Bowl ring will be of no surprise, and your child’s senior prom will soon be over.  Sometimes, enduring a lengthy southwest summer can make a person wish at its end, to be catapulted into the southern
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follow the golden rule Follow the golden rule
Can a person be respected even if you disagree with them on an issue?Lately, I feel bombarded by news stories about people physically or emotionally harming one another.  It is rare that a week, or even a day, goes by without a story of a person or group acting inappropriately on ideological beliefs.  I am saddened to see individuals harmed simply
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U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Tinashe Machona, assigned to the 161st Air Refueling Wing, stands at attention in a color guard detail before playing taps on his trumpet during Copper 5, an air crew memorial ceremony, at Goldwater Air National Base, Phoenix Ariz., March 13, 2017. Machona was the recipient of the 2016 Maj. Gen. Donald L. Owens Junior Officer of the year award at the wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wesley Parrell) Service before self, an immigrant’s journey
This Independence Day we celebrate America’s 241st birthday and I am filled with gratitude for all our nation represents, and the opportunities I’ve been given as a naturalized citizen and as a member of the Arizona Air National Guard.Service before self. It’s not only an Air Force core value, it is a guiding principle that governs my personal
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Courtesy Photo Giving thorn-free roses for Father’s Day
Did you know that the rose is the designated birth flower for the month of June? Roses are the most popular flowers in the world. They symbolize love and appreciation. For a moment imagine you’re a dad, and on Father’s Day you receive two dozen stems from roses with double the amount of thorns. You don’t have to be a florist to know, each thorn
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Courtesy photo Congrats to our graduates!!
For many of us, the month of May contains the day we have long awaited - graduation. This important milestone could be a personal achievement or we could be celebrating with a family member or loved one.  Though graduation seems like the end, it is actually a new beginning. For a kindergartener, it is the beginning of elementary school, for an
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Duncan Hannigan (Courtesy Photo) In Memoriam: Chief Hannigan
Copperheads, some days you just don’t feel like yourself.  Some days you know who you are and what you are supposed to do, but something still remains “off.”  Today, is definitely one of those days for many of us here at the 161st Air Refueling Wing.  Sadly, we learned that one of our fellow Copperheads, retired Chief Master Sgt. Duncan Hannigan,
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Courtesy photo The hunt is on
Have you ever watched the Hollywood thriller, “The Hunt for the Red October”, a twisted espionage – seeking out an undetectable Soviet submarine, that supposedly happened during the late Cold War period? At the end of the movie, actor Sean Connery states, “And the sea will grant each man new hope, as sleep brings dreams of home.”  If you were to
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Tech. Sgt. Michael Matkin poses while weighing his pack before the Bataan Memorial Death March, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, March 19, 2017. The Bataan Memorial Death March commemorates the infamous 65-mile forced march of more than 60,000 American and Filipino troops during World War II. (Courtesy Photo) My personal journey: the Bataan Memorial Death March
I enjoy new and different experiences. I often do things just to say I’ve done them. A friend once said I’m a collector of experiences. This isn’t to say I’ve lived a crazy, adrenalin-filled life, but if I have the opportunity to do something I have never done before - I’m in. This was my initial motivation for participating in the Bataan Memorial
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COURTESY GRAPHIC Preparing for the big game
In less than two weeks the brackets will be filled out and workplace production will diminish on Thursdays and Fridays in March.  Why, you ask? March Madness will be here promising thrills of overtime victories and the agony of ending a season of basketball. Certainly in the weeks to follow some Cinderella team will upset a ranked favorite and a
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February is Heart Health Month, but we also celebrate African American History Month, Ground Hogs Day and Valentines Day among other observances. The 161st Air Refueling Wing Chaplain's Office reminds everyone to spread love and joy this month. Wear love, your basic all-purpose garment
February - a month to remind service members to be safe, while celebrating America's most prevalent religious and non-spiritual traditions.
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