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A true Christmas story A true Christmas story
About 20 years ago a local news channel here in Tucson had a segment called Wednesday’s Child.  It featured children who were looking for a Big Brother or Big Sister and I will never forget this particular story featured during the Christmas season that year.   The child chosen was a young boy about 10 years old.  The news crew discovered that he
0 12/13
2017
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
0 6/30
2017
Courtesy Photo Dry heat
Can you feel it?  The sun is up bright and early, kids are out of school, and the temperature is rising.  Summer is here.  There are a lot of things that we can take pride in from living in Southern Arizona.  We have a great community, beautiful sunsets, and a whole lot of amazing outdoor scenery.   If we are being honest, there are just few
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2017
Courtesy Photo New beginnings
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
0 5/08
2017
Bats sit in the Chofu Little Seniors dugout during the Inaugural Japan-US Friendship Youth Baseball Game at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 25, 2017. The event marks the beginning of the spring baseball season on base and strengthened ties between the Yokota and Japanese youth through baseball. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka) Baseball and life
I love the spring for one simple reason; I love baseball. When spring rolls around and pitchers and catchers report for spring training, I get excited. The new season brings new expectations and hope for a better year. Thoughts of the failures of last year fade away and there is always a sense at the start of the season that this could be the
0 4/06
2017
As humans, we must prepare for the challenges and trials that life will bring us. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jackson Hurd) 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
0 3/03
2017
If you need help this holiday season be sure to tap into the resources that are available to you through the wing. The DPH and chaplain’s office are only a phone call away. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Gregory Ferreira/Released) Chaotic Christmas
The Christmas holiday is so often characterized by love, joy, and peace. We day dream and long for the Hallmark, picture-perfect holiday where everything goes to plan and everyone gets along.For many, however, this Christmas holiday will be a time of chaos. In fact we know that substance abuse and suicides rise during the holiday season because for
0 12/04
2016
Happy Thanksgiving. Giving thanks this season
Recently I was out shopping with my wife and observed a peculiar oddity.  There were multiple aisles with Halloween items followed by many aisles of Christmas items with just a small amount of Thanksgiving things.  Hopefully our celebration of Thanksgiving does not mirror the store aisles.Thanksgiving is an important time of the year to show
0 11/18
2016
National Guard 379th Birthday From active duty to Citizen Airman: Serving homeland and community
If joining the Armed Forces is a sign of a love for country, joining the National Guard might be a sign of devotion to the community.Life is unpredictable. I began my officer commissioning program believing I was going to be a research scientist. Priorities change and goals shift. I found myself passionate about advocating for our missions and
0 12/11
2015
Arizona National Guard members and their families enjoy a community expo, Dec. 7, 2014 outside Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. The event, which was open to all Arizona residents, was part of an Arizona National Guard open house which included a formation of more than 4,000 Soldiers and Airmen. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brian A. Barbour) Arizona Muster showcases modern-day Minutemen
After the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto purportedly stated the empire had just "awoken a sleeping giant."And while Dec. 7 is etched in the minds of all Americans as a somber occasion of observance, the state of Arizona proudly showcased another kind of giant at Sun Devil Stadium on that day; the Arizona National
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2014
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