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2 April 8, 2016                                          Commentary                                                                                                                                                               BULLSEYE                                                                                                                                                                           

Courage to Continue:

Theme of 2016 National Prayer Breakfast

By Chap. (Maj.) Tam L. Cookson                           deployments and separations from loved                       want to miss that will focus on leader-                                                      Air Force Chaplain Corps for 17 years.
                                                         ones.                                                        ship resilience, a message relevant to all                                                   He has a graduate degree in conflict reso-
99th ABW Base Chapel                                                                                                  Airmen.                                                                                      lution, and is a subject matter expert on
                                                            No doubt, all of us at some time in our                                                                                                                workplace and family relationships. He
   “Success is not final; failure is not fatal.          lives will experience loss, setbacks, crisis,                   The 2016 National Prayer Breakfast is                                                     has been featured as a grief specialist on
It is the courage to continue that counts.”              failure or disappointment. It’s tough to                     April 29, 8-9:15 a.m. at will The Club. Its                                                  the Air Force Network and CN8.
                                                         handle. That’s when we need to reach                         theme is “The Courage to Continue.” The
                — Sir Winston Churchill,                 within and find the courage to move                          program will include music, a video and                                                         This is a free event, with limited seat-
                         English statesman               forward.                                                     a time to remember our fellow service                                                        ing. Tickets will be made available in the
                                                                                                                      members and the nation’s leaders.                                                            squadrons.
   It takes courage to live life. After all, life           Resilience can be developed. As we face
is unpredictable.                                        challenges, we determine to grow from                           The keynote speaker is the Nellis Air                                                        For more information, call the Chapel
                                                         the experiences. We discover what helps                      Force Base Wing Chap. (Lt. Col.) Dwayne                                                      office at 702-652-2950.
   Sometimes life doesn’t go as expected.                us cope and on whom we can depend. We                        Jones, who will share from his own experi-
Sometimes it doesn’t follow our plan.                    utilize skills and resources to bounce back.                 ences. Author and speaker, Jones was an                                                         Come join us for this uplifting and
Sometimes it isn’t all we hoped for. This                                                                             Army paratrooper. He has served in the                                                       inspirational event. And, remember … it
military life is especially challenging with                Upcoming is an event that you will not                                                                                                                 is the courage to continue that counts!
long hours, extra taskings, frequent moves,

Stunned by gun: Airman shocks away fear

By Airman Daniel Snider                                                                                                                                       U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Olivia Dominique  surroundings, but there is no amount of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   planning, strength or will that can beat
23rd Wing Public Affairs                                 Airman Daniel Snider, 23d Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, center, shouts as he                                                                       the neuromuscular incapacitation that a
                                                         is lowered after being shocked by a Taser, March 11 at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.                                                                          Taser brings.
   MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. —                           Snider participated in a Taser course hosted by the 23d Security Forces Squadron.
“Taser, Taser, Taser,” is all I heard mo-                                                                                                                                                                             I’d be lying if I said I enjoyed these
ments before suffering the worst pain                    For the next hour I paced up and down                        was reduced to that of a severe sunburn.                                                     experiences, but it’d also be inaccurate to
I’ve ever put my body through. Instantly,                a sidewalk blinking as much as possible                         Unlike most people I’ve talked to, I                                                      say I regret them.
50,000 volts of electricity surged from one              hoping my tears would cleanse the pain
prong touching my shoulder, through my                   from my eyes.                                                actually prefer the OC spray to the Taser.                                                      I did it because I set a goal to prove
torso, and to the other prong placed at the                                                                           Personally, the worst part is the complete                                                   to myself that I was tough enough to
back of my hip.                                             After washing my face with dish soap                      loss of control. With the OC spray, I could                                                  withstand these less-than-lethal methods
                                                         and resting for a few hours, the discomfort                  strategically open my eyes and view my                                                       security forces use to subdue suspected
   I was completely incapacitated. I was                                                                                                                                                                           criminals. I thought, “If they can endure
mentally aware of the fact that my wing-                                                                                                                                                                           it during their training, so can I.”
men were gently laying me down on my
stomach, but physically I felt as if I was on                                                                                                                                                                         I’ve always worked hard to be a man of
my tip-toes and about to fall flat on my                                                                                                                                                                           my word. So once I verbalized my goal to
back while a pulsing blade cut through                                                                                                                                                                             my peers, I was accountable for complet-
my insides.                                                                                                                                                                                                        ing it. I believe one can never truly find his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   limits unless he constantly tests himself.
   After it was done, all I said was, “that
was awful.”                                                                                                                                                                                                           Even when I’m nervous or afraid I keep
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   on pushing myself; but the double-edged
   I didn’t think it could get any worse,                                                                                                                                                                          sword is that I will never be good enough
but only a few minutes later I would be                                                                                                                                                                            for me. I constantly attempt to outdo
introduced to oleoresin capsicum spray,                                                                                                                                                                            myself, whether it is mentally, physically,
the law enforcement equivalent to pep-                                                                                                                                                                             spiritually or socially.
per spray. Nothing could have prepared
me for the burning sensation OC spray                                                                                                                                                                                 On one hand, I’m always setting goals
presents.                                                                                                                                                                                                          and working to prove to myself that I can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   do better, and do, in fact, continue to bet-
   At first, it was only a cold liquid, but                                                                                                                                                                        ter myself. But on the other hand, I never
within moments, it felt like a fire raging on                                                                                                                                                                      feel satisfied with the completion of those
the surface of my face. It didn’t take long
at all for my eyes to be nearly swollen shut.                                                                                                                                                                      _______ See STUNNED, on page 7

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