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  • Understanding loss

    This month I had planned to continue discussing the corrosive effects of negative behaviors, such as criticism, defensiveness, contempt, stonewalling, on close interpersonal relationships, but in light of recent events, a few words on grief and loss seems in order.When relationships end suddenly due

  • Importance of relationships

    In last month's edition of the Refueler I reinforced the importance of maintaining our foun-dation of healthy living by paying attention to diet, rest, exercise, healthy relationships, balanced lives, faith, hope, humor and mindfulness. In that article I selected the foundation stone of healthy

  • Holiday greetings!

    This year the primary Psychological Health Program focus has been on the topic of resilience. We have identified the many foundational stones that support our resilient lives, and we have explored how best to manage ourselves when storms strike. From an organizational perspective, our ability to

  • Resetting priorities, gathering resources

    What a busy year this has been for Airmen at Pease. In my articles this year I have talked a lot about taking care of ourselves in order to fortify personal resilience, and everyone's tireless efforts have clearly demonstrated this resilience. The pace of the work in 2013 has been intense, and the

  • Look for the best view

    In previous commentaries I have reminded everyone that when we attend to the basics in life such as diet, rest and exercise we fortify personal resilience, and are thus better equipped to handle the storms of life when they come along. I also expanded upon how we can best weather those storms when

  • What a difference 100 years makes

    In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granted women the right to vote. This triumph came after 72 years of peaceful demonstrations, formally beginning at the world's first women's rights convention held in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. In 1971, Congress designated August 26 as "Women's

  • Resilience reminders

    The weather has taken a turn for summer and the barbeques are heating up! As you might recall, during the May drill I provided resiliency training to all base personnel. I equated resilience to building and maintaining a foundation of healthy living skills which enable one to withstand the storms of

  • N.H. ANG commander speaks out on sexual assault

    The men and women of the New Hampshire Air National Guard have a long history of exemplary performance punctuated with genuine altruistic service to our community, our state and our great nation. Our success is without question the consequence of strong teamwork and a commitment to excellence.

  • Navigating the storms of stress

    Mid-summer greetings! In previous articles I have emphasized the importance of staying healthy and strong by taking care of basic things in life such as diet, rest and exercise. I have reminded everyone that when we attend to the basics we fortify personal resilience, and are thus better prepared to

  • What's with these Guard guys!???

    A farewell article to the patriots of the Air National Guard from Lt Col Ryan Samuelson, 64 ARS/CC:-----Team, I recently wrote an article as a farewell address for the 157th Ops Group's monthly newsletter as I prepare to leave command. Surprising to me, many people asked me to forward to the greater