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Default Air Force Logo Diversity: An Air Force strength
This Sunday I attended four different services in our chapel, and over the coming weeks I look forward to joining the other faiths of our community in worship. During the day I was struck by how similar each service was while appealing to a wide diversity of convictions and worship cultures. We come from different places and have different customs,
0 1/31
2007
Default Air Force Logo Pride in work helps quality of life: Recognizing Airmen
Quality of life has nothing to do with how nice your conference room is or how cosmic your cell phone is. It is not even about pay raises, which may put a few more beans in your pot but does not fundamentally alter quality of life. When you wake up in the morning, look at yourself in the mirror, and say, "I am proud to serve in the United States
0 1/31
2007
Default Air Force Logo Airpower comes from Airmen
This issue of the Tip of the Sword marks the sixth week since I joined the Incirlik family. In the first issue, after joining the team, I told you I would attempt to spell out what I thought was important about being and leading Airmen or, more simply put, "What I Believe." I went on to point out that my and our number one priority needed to be the
0 1/31
2007
Default Air Force Logo Your Own Private Idaho
A builder was working on a construction job with an apprentice electrician. The builder was wearing a pair of worn-out pull-on boots. On this particular day a pebble got into his boot and he steadied himself with a hand on the wall and proceeded to shake his foot vigorously in an attempt to free the pebble. At that very moment, the apprentice
0 1/25
2007
Default Air Force Logo Catering to all
A few months ago my wife and I were doing a shelf-check at the Base Exchange when we saw something we both knew would be perfect for our daughter. As we considered whether or not to buy the item, the major point of discussion was not if our daughter would like the item, but if we should get our son something as well. My wife, who is definitely the
0 1/25
2007
Default Air Force Logo Complacency can kill
I recently reflected on my experiences during Desert Storm. Aside from some mildly interesting flying stories and being introduced to my wife in the chow tent (we all have to make sacrifices during war ...), my most vivid memories involved the SCUD missile attacks. Saddam Hussein used SCUD missiles extensively and since the SCUD carried a sizeable
0 1/18
2007
Default Air Force Logo Thanks for all you do
I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our outstanding Team Incirlik members for what you do. We have been on a pretty fast pace the last few months, dealing with everything from end-of-year close-outs, deployment preparations, and hosting distinguished visitors to Staff Assistance Visits, exercises, and Unit Compliance
0 1/18
2007
Default Air Force Logo Blowing church doors off
Alfred had trouble with termites at home. He heard that natural gas was dangerous, and figured it would be a good, low-cost way to fumigate his house. So he shut the doors and windows, turned on the gas, and spent the night in a nearby camper trailer with his wife. The next morning he stepped out of the trailer, took a breath of crisp, cool air,
0 1/18
2007
Default Air Force Logo Surviving the flood
There's a story of a man who died tragically during a flood. As the flood waters rose around his house, some folks passed him on a raft and offered to take the man with them. Believing his house would survive the flood, the man refused their offer for help. A few hours passed and the waters rose even higher when some more people passed in a motor
0 1/18
2007
Default Air Force Logo Creating a dynasty
Congratulations Team Incirlik. I hope you feel the sense of pride experienced only by those who sacrificed by working long hours and as a result realized complete success. I am awed by your efforts and applaud the results you've achieved. So what's next? Most athletes will agree that winning a single championship is difficult, but maintaining a
0 1/18
2007
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