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  • Five Minutes to Thrive: Why Should Leaders Care What Others Think About Them?

    During your career, you’ll have many opportunities to share your thoughts on leadership, and develop your own leadership philosophy. These will be shaped by formal education & training, mentorship, observing others, your own leadership experiences, and various situational factors & current events.
  • CSAF and CMSAF see first-hand the readiness of Minot AFB

    Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visited Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 14, 2020. They saw how Team Minot has remained mission-ready and resilient throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. “There is no more important mission than what’s going on right here at Minot. We know that we are not going to get relief from this critical, nuclear mission despite COVID-19 challenges,” said Goldfein. “And I couldn’t be prouder of Team Minot, and what we’ve seen here today.”
  • Five Minutes to Thrive: Addressing Kids’ Emotions

    It’s not easy to put feelings into words, even for adults. Children in particular struggle to talk about their feeling, especially when they are intense or complicated. Here’s an activity for parents and caregivers to use to help children open up and sort through their emotions in response to COVID-19.
  • Five Minutes to Thrive: 35 Things To Do During “Social Distancing”

    During this time of uncertainty, many of us may be stuck indoors as schools, businesses, and restaurants close their doors. A review of the research on the psychological impacts of quarantine published in the February edition of the journal Lancet found that confinement, loss of usual routine, and reduced social and physical contact routinely cause boredom, frustration, and isolation, which many found to be distressing…duh! (Brooks et al, 2020).
  • Five Minutes to Thrive: GRIT

    I‘m not an abrasives expert, but I know that coarse sandpaper (“grit range” 60-80) is good for rapidly removing large amounts of material, while finer grits (320+) are used for polishing and finishing work. Whether attempting to turn a block of wood into a race car, or tackle a major life project, I know I’m going to need grit. When I face adversity or undertake something that is emotionally, psychologically, or spiritually taxing; I have come to find I also need grit to smooth out my adjustment to whatever scenario comes my way.
  • Five Minutes to Thrive: Recharge Your Battery

    At what point do you look at your battery on your cell phone & think, “I need to plug my phone into the charger?” Is it 60%, 50%, or do you allow it to drain completely before recharging? Admittedly, often times I look at my phone & when I see it is at 49% my immediate thought is “I have got to charge my phone!” Why is that? What is going to happen if my phone goes below 49%? What is going to happen if my phone dies? Nothing really – except that I might miss the latest BookFace stories, or Tok Tik trends.
  • Butterfly

    Experience the story of Kris Barney, the 2019 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year and Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, spouse. In 1999, her daughter, Miranda Salley, was murdered by Barney's ex-husband and Miranda's father, Charles Salley. Now, more than 20 years later, Barney uses this tragedy to bring awareness to domestic violence and resiliency. (U.S. Air Force video by Master Sgt. Jarad A. Denton)
  • Carry On: The word, "cancer"

    I never paid much attention to the lady who lived behind me. I was outside almost every day last summer while I soaked up every bit of my maternity leave with my new baby when I saw her.
  • The Healing Process

    It was the stereotypical image of a car accident, the one where cars are frozen in time as their metal noses scrunch back to avoid colliding. Inside the car, glass shards danced in the air as her body was jerked toward the windshield.
  • Facing fears: overcoming the past

    The mental health clinic offers many services on base including substance abuse support for active duty only, domestic violence and child abuse prevention and various classes for active duty and civilians. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon J. Audit)
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